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Discussion: Hop skate

in: Carbons Offset; Carbons Offset > 2024-03-19

Mar 20, 2024 11:12 AM # 
Wow, you are going to be flying effortlessly next season.
Mar 20, 2024 8:05 PM # 
Carbons Offset:
Ha, I think you would all be a little disappointed if you saw me ski. Definitely not flying. I've improved, but only enough to get closer to what you real skiers are doing. As the coach told me: "you finally look like a skier".
The camp was the best for intensive personalized improvement. The other sessions serve various purposes for various people: some fine tuning of technique (or often just reminders of stuff we have learned in the past), some people are there for some exercise, others are there for the social or a reason to get out of the house.
I may put more emphasis on the camps next year (there are two of them) because I like how efficient the personalized analysis is, but the regular sessions are enjoyable and it's a good group. In fact, I might be a better fit for the regular sessions next season because they are often more about fine turning whereas I really needed to relearn some basics at the beginning of the season (ankle flexion, balance, ankle flexion, and ... ankle flexion. And balance. There's my top 5 areas to work on :) ).
Mar 20, 2024 8:12 PM # 
Definitely ankle flexion, from what I've been reading. ;) We aren't real skiers by that definition. I call it "survival skiing". We are good at bumpy, narrow trails through the woods with changing, unpredictable conditions and the odd branch down. Our skiing skills are like mountain biking, whereas good technique at a ski centre is like Tour de France road biking. I'm sure you'd be great at survival skiing too, since there is lots of overlap with backcountry skiing.
Mar 20, 2024 8:14 PM # 
Carbons Offset:
All that said, maybe my pace is okay, I'm just comparing myself with the rest of the Masters in this class who are quite technically proficient and quick (they've been doing these sessions for many years). At local races and loppets, they often win all the categories for their age groups (60, 65, 65+). When I do get out with friends, the pace usually gives plenty of extra opportunity to practice things like legs-only, working on the broccoli side, etc that help keep the pace down.
Mar 20, 2024 8:19 PM # 
Broccoli, lol. :) That was a good exercise.

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