So this post is some funny things, and some helpful things. What have you all heard from coaches that made you laugh or made you better?
Lucky: When I tried to do what he told me to -- "did I tell you to try?"
Jodi: After I ran 35 - "on a scale of 1-10, how hard do you think you were pulling?" Me: "eh, maybe 5" Jodi: that was like an 11! You don't need to pull that hard!"
Jodi: and this is real advice. "square your hips to the direction of travel." Me, what about my shoulders? Jodi: "when you are ready to turn in and are crossing the wakes, your chest should start out pointing at the pylon, and stay there. Put another way, the center of your chest should be quartering between the direction of the ski and the boat".
Rossi: "I like your skiing. One change. In your gate glide, point your chest at the pylon, and then when you turn in just follow your chest across the wakes." (by the way, this has helped me enormously, and I think I can explain why if you want a long post!)
Chet: "stay on top of your ski. Two hands on the handle, outside the buoy line, on top of your ski"
Chet: "why are you trying so hard to make your ski go after the turn? You can't make your ski go, only the pull of the boat can. Connect to the pull of the boat and let the boat do the work."
Wade: Wade made me switch my grip to the way it should be. I had been reluctant to try it given some shoulder issues. Best thing ever!
Andy: "as soon as you know your ski will clear the buoy, move your eyes to the platform of the boat."
Some of these were just funny at the time, most of the others have actually been EXTREMELY simple and very helpful to my skiing.