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Define What A Skiing Slump Means To You.

For me a slump consists of a 3 or more consecutive sets and I'm not running into my shortest line during the season and in good conditions. It's not something that happens very often and the remedy is usually a few sets of back to back 32's (even gates 1-2) to build up my confidence again. Sometimes a minor ski tweak to to get a slightly different feel out of the ski helps but typically my perceived slumps are not that often and fairly short in duration. I would be interested in hearing how other skiers resolve their own patches of bad form as it can be pretty disheartening when it happens.
Does anyone break stuff? :)
'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.'' Boat 2005 Nautique 196 6L ZO - Ski: KD Platinum


  • RBRB Posts: 65 Baller
  • Ralph LeeRalph Lee Posts: 492
    Ive wrapped a few skis around trees, docks, and cleats. Now I just take a week off and free ski.
  • darrenwelldarrenwell Posts: 1 Baller
    nice question, i've just write me essay about this topic
  • ozskiozski Posts: 1,555
    @darrenwell Spam mate, bugger off.
    'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.'' Boat 2005 Nautique 196 6L ZO - Ski: KD Platinum

  • dhofertdhofert Posts: 211 Baller
    When the boat won't run right for weeks and we have to tear the engine apart again.
    Ralph Lee
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 4,868 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Missing 2 of the last 3 seasons due to injury.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • MSMS Posts: 4,885 Mega Baller
    Not skiing well
    Shut up and ski
  • Pat MPat M Posts: 575 Crazy Baller
    I usually just cry about it and piss my wife and ski partner off. Then I ski better and all is right with the world
  • jimbrakejimbrake Posts: 1,223 Mega Baller
    FKNA. My skiing right now. Can't seem to find the "one thing" that is most important to do right. Actually, I know what it is (being connected and level), just am really struggling to execute it. KISS, right?
    "...all of the basic fun banter"
  • AndreAndre Posts: 986 Crazy Baller
    edited July 2017
    I 'm living it right now.
    53 yo.
    Was running mid 35 off when i tore my Achilles august 3 last season.Miss 5 months of work,did a lot of PT and started homebrewing and put on 20 lbs.
    Bad weather in early season prevented me from a lot of open water skiing,only 3 sets, so i started in the course thinking i could at least ski deep 32 off.
    Having problems running 28 and missed a lot of 22s.
    Slowed the boat down,moves my boots,twice,nothing help.

    I have no confidence in my skiing right now.

    IMHO that's the biggest problem when you're in you're in a slump.
    You see the pre gates approaching and you start doubting,thinking '' I used to run that pass easily...'' .Suddenly you start pulling too long,rushing the turn,breaking forward,running late and miss that easy pass.
    When you have confidence,you're strong and tall on your ski,thinking ''Wow,the boat seems slow today...''.
    Still a bit of limping when i get up of bed in the morning but can't blame my injury for my bad skiing other then missing half of last season.

    /// Will pay top dollars for some confidence right now!

    Edit: I live on a small public lake ,with my course in a real nice cove with no houses so can ski at 6.00 in the morning,and skied 15 sets in the last 10 days,been off work for the last 10 days and next 4.5 weeks too so i ski alot compare to some of you so i can't blame no being able to ski because of x,y,z reasons either.
  • Ralph LeeRalph Lee Posts: 492
    My favorite Einstein quote of all time!!
  • alex38alex38 Posts: 454 Baller
    Not knowing "what's going on out there" so to speak. Anything can complicate it for me.
    Ralph Lee
  • DmaxJC_skiDmaxJC_ski Posts: 346 Solid Baller
    All of the above.
  • JweberJweber Posts: 26 Baller
    Take at least 3 days off and come back rested physically and mentally.
  • MichaelGoodmanMichaelGoodman Posts: 119 Baller
    @Horton using Einstein and @MS in the same sentence Horton must have
    started drinking early for the 4th.
  • mopowpowmopowpow Posts: 317 Baller
    Hoping my current slump was just a fin out of position... My new ski WAS feeling great! The last 2 times on the water, it was awful. The first time wasn't sure if ski or rough water, the second time I was on glass and ski felt like it was going through mud. Checked my fin last night and it was out of place! I know some people mean well when offering to carry your ski to the car, or out of the boat, but it usually results in the ski getting banged on something...
  • thagerthager Posts: 4,261 Mega Baller
    @Horton Einstein has nothing on @MS because he is dead...
    Stir vigorously then leave!
  • aupatkingaupatking Posts: 1,038 Mega Baller
    Haven't run my hardest full pass in 3 weeks. That's all I got
  • LeonLLeonL Posts: 2,250 Crazy Baller
    Define...missing your second pass four times and realizing you should just quit for the day.
    Leon Leonard Stillwater Lake KY - SR Driver SR Judge
  • UWSkierUWSkier Posts: 873 Mega Baller
    Slump to me is having a crap day of skiing, analyzing, coming back out another day to try to fix, and still skiing like crap.

    For me, it seems like it's midseason undiagnosed fatigue usually, often from too much skiing. I won't feel tired or achy, but my muscles just don't seem to want to do what I ask of them. That's how this morning went actually. Usually about 4-5 days off the water and some recovery rides on the road bike fixes it right up.
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