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Just getting back to skiing tournaments after a 17 year hiatus, thanks
, and lets say my tournament PB is still a ways a way from my practice PB. My question how do most of you prep for a upcoming tournament? BTW tied my PB that i set in 1999
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Go ski enough tourneys to get rid of some of the nerves. If you can ski the site ahead of time (arrive in time for practice). Ski down the line in practice with some regularity...it's amazing how you can ski a really ragged pass, shorten up and ski a clean one that is more difficult. This helps confidence following a ragged tourney pass...wash it away and just be happy you are out the end gates and go to the next one.
Ski multi-round tourneys...not only more skiing for your buck and time but more chances. Stay cool and hydrated on those days helping out where possible...sometimes by round 3 if too much sun you can feel pretty beat.
Dave Ross--die cancer die
volunteer to help out with dock starting duties - you'll get to meet everyone and put faces to names, plus it really helps the tournament
BallOfSpray Pacific Northwest Vice President of Event Management, aka "Zappy"
edited June 2017
Random hints for the days before:
- Get enough sleep two nights before. (Standard athletic performance advice.) Night before matters much less.
- Ski a "moderate" practice, including going straight up the rope a few times, two days before.
- Rest the day before.
- Completely ignore the results of that last practice! It's about having your muscles prepped. It doesn't make an ounce of difference if you skied terribly. Every day is different, and a bad practice set can only affect your tournament if you THINK it's going to.
Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
Great advice from
. I dock started the first couple of tournaments I went to and it was a great way to meet people.
I refer to a bad last practice before a tournament as "washing the stink off". Just glad to have that out of the way so I can ski well in the tournament.
Carl Addington, Lakes of Katy, Texas
Open or 55K Rated Skier
Make sure bindings and fin are in the correct place.
Mr. Mom is Horton's favorite movie!
Many skiers do not ski the day before a tournament. I ski the day before just as another opportunity to ski. Try to not ski a day or two after a tournament.
Hobby Boats can be expensive when the hobbyist is limited on their own skill and expertise.
why not ski a day AND two after the tournament as two more opportunities to ski?
Is it time to ski, yet?
Every lake is different, get there the day before and take some sets to dial it in.
Shut up and ski
I generally ski as well or better at turnaments. Keep in mind you need to be prepared mentally and physically. As Thad recommended be rested, unless I have a compelling reason never ski day before tournament. Better to be fresh than one more set of practice. I never feel the need to ski at tournament site, bettter to be rested, every site i have been to has the buoys in the same pattern. Your first three passes in tournament are for getting adjusted to the site. To be better mentally prepared on ski passes that you wont miss on last set before the tournament.
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