Usually if you're wearing off wax from there, it means you're not getting full side-to-side weight transfer when you stride. Especially later in races as the wax seems to be "wearing off," if you think about that side-to-side weight transfer and pushing the ski against the outside of the track, you'll start finding kick again.
obviously an easier task when you're in perfect tracks that you can really push against!
well... since the topic came up, what does it mean when I find that when my kick is slipping I can often improve it by putting more weight on the inside edges? Too much side-to-side weight transfer? I was assuming it meant that I was somehow skiing too much on the outside edges. I haven't noticed uneven wax wear but I'll look more closely.
I haven't heard that one before, Mitch. Are you bow-legged by nature? Check out the wax wear; if it's not wearing off unevenly then it's likely that when you're thinking about getting on your inside edge you're unconsciously adjusting something else in your technique that's improving the overall picture. Everyone has different mental cues for how to ski well...
Yeah, that's for sure. Not aware of any inclination to bow-leggedness. Might be related to skiing in crappy tracks. Relaxing and avoiding unnecessary muscle tension is a big thing. It's possible this is somehow related to that. I'll have to keep observing and see where it leads.