Winter FUN in New Hampshire!
Do you have the Need for Speed?
If not, you should!
By using speed training as a way to expand your individual comfort zone, you can greatly accelerate your racing learning curve. Consistently push the envelope of what you’re comfortable with speed-wise, and soon slalom and gs speeds will feel slow and your whole confidence level will soar.
This was brought home to me when I returned to the East to coach after
20 years of coaching out west.
Easier said than done in the East! The reality of the twisty, narrow, often icy and tree-lined trails reminded me how lucky the kids are who can actually train for super G and downhill in the big fenced-in arenas of the Rockies, Wasatch, Sierras and Tetons.
When I coached my first J I-II speed event race in the East last winter, it quickly became obvious that many of the athletes were uncomfortable going fast. I saw fear on the faces and in the skiing of many very fine young athletes. It resulted in cramped-up skiing and “hanging in the back seat” styles. It doesn’t have to be that way.
The fact that Bode Miller is from twisty, gnarly Cannon Mountain, New
Hampshire, shows that gliding skills can be learned without a big speed
-training arena. Even if your hometown hill is cramped and icy, there
are ways to learn to move with the terrain, to have a soft touch, to be
relaxed in the air, to seek speed and to stay focused down the hill.
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