What are you going to do different in 2019?

HortonHorton Posts: 27,198 Administrator
edited February 11 in Other Stuff
Yes I know - Lose weight, eat right, yoga, coffee grounds up your tail pipe, go to the gym, bla bla bla same old $h*t everyone says every year.

Really. What are you going to do different on the water? Or how are you going to change what happens on the water?

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  • ScottScottScottScott Posts: 784 Crazy Baller
    Lose weight, eat right, yoga, go to the gym......thats all going to help what happens on the water (not sure about the coffee grounds)..... I've already lost 15 lbs, probably going to lose another 5-10 (21% body fat down to 17, heading for 12%....I get a new vest when I get to 12%) and have started working out again... thats gotta help on the water. Specifically ON the water? MORE TIME on the water, and as much as I can at Jodi's. Keep plugging away at the things I've been doing with Jodi's help.
  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 2,522 Mega Baller
    My list:

    1. I will be intensely focused on the following thread, especially the tips from @adamhcaldwell

    https://www.ballofspray.com/forum#/discussion/20628/35-off-gate-and-1-ball-what-is-wrong

    2. I will be working on how to get my shoulders back or, rather, how to be in a position that prevents them from being pulled forward.
    3. I will be trying the Rev S plus setting in ZO. I have not experienced that or Trick mode yet.
    4. I have already mailed my entry for an L tournament. That will be my first and, while it won’t do anything specific for my skiing or be an exceptional performance, it will be an experience I’ve wanted. I’ll ski two of those this year.

    I’ll also work on conditioning and less drinking. I’ve already cut back quite a bit on the drinking. Conditioning results are about the same so far - not bad but not great.

    Of all of this, the item at #1 is going to pay the most dividends.
    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
    DaveDMickeyThompson
  • Bill22Bill22 Posts: 1,582 Crazy Baller
    1. Slow the boat down 1mph until August. I want to learn 28off so I can feel the swing of the boat. Hoping this will build confidence & muscle memory.

    2. Try to switch my grip (right palm down/ RFF). If it doesn't work after 10 sets, go back to my normal upside down grip.
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    elr
  • z_skierz_skier Posts: 32 Baller
    1. Not trying to overanalyze, and JUST SKI.

    2. I'll probably spend additional time mastering the equipment between my ears.
    Luzzwalleye
  • RichardDoaneRichardDoane Posts: 4,059 Mega Baller
    going to remember to keep my vision up in the course and be level-headed
    BallOfSpray Pacific Northwest Vice President of Event Management, aka "Zappy"
    Hortonaupatkingskialex
  • aupatkingaupatking Posts: 1,207 Mega Baller
    edited February 12
    Ski more. 2018 was my baby’s first year so the course time took a pretty big hit. That and ski stronger through the wake at -32, like @Luzz told me to B)
    Luzzelr
  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,198 Administrator
    @RichardDoane any chance you will try to make some angle this year?

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  • ski6jonesski6jones Posts: 943 Mega Baller
    edited February 12
    Try to be more like @jayski. Seriously, be more focused from the beginning of each set on the water. It's easy to jump in and start skiing, then a couple passes in you wonder what you've been doing the first couple passes. Continue with fitness and coaching as always.
    Carl Addington, Lakes of Katy, Texas
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  • motoskiermotoskier Posts: 29 Baller
    Ski more at the BOS headquarters( more coaching from the man), and try not to get hurt
  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,198 Administrator
    @motoskier come on man don't lie. I know you are not going to come ski with me no matter how much I beg.

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  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,198 Administrator
    one of my ideas is as follows...

    I have for rope lengths that I work at:

    #1) opener
    #2) not super challenging and almost never miss it
    #3) super challenging pass I only make when I'm skiing my very best
    #4) PB pass - I've only got past two ball three times ever

    Most of my rides consist of two passes at rope length #1 & 4 or 6 passes at rope length #2. These are the rides where I'm working on honing technique, being consistent and such.

    Mid-late-season I bang on rope length #3 a fair amount. When I do run it I'm usually so amped up and or physically worked that any attempts at rope length #4 are fruitless.

    What I want to do more of in 2019 is to skip rope length #3 and move on to #4. This is to gain experience and spend some time at the harder length when I'm not already physically spent.

    I discovered this by accident last summer when on a lark I opted up and then got much further down the pass than expected. Now clearly this is not something that I'm going to do often. It's maybe a once every 10 rides exercise and only mid late in the season.

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  • lpskierlpskier Posts: 2,471 Mega Baller
    @Horton Please define “mid late season.” Will you use this technique to get ready for Nationals (or would you if you were going to Nationals)?
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,198 Administrator
    edited February 15
    @lpskier mid late season is after mid early season :-|

    I plan to do it a bit regardless of what events I ski.

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  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,198 Administrator
    @lpskier seriously? I wouldn't do this until I'm occasionally knocking down past #3. I think this is one of those ideas that has value if it's applied only sparingly and when logical.

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  • lpskierlpskier Posts: 2,471 Mega Baller
    @horton Well what I am curious about is whether you think this is an effective tool to try to peak for a big event. I get it that you have to be skiing well to use it, but how do (or whether) you use it to your best advantage when you need to peak is my question.
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  • BoozeBooze Posts: 383 Solid Baller
    Use restraint in jumping on different skis. The concept of staying on a ski to extract all its potential is starting to make sense. I'll probably try one or two, but that will be it. (except for 'fun' days....strap on the bindings to an old Duvall or Mastercraft and see how it rides)

    ps: Fins may be an issue though. Jay's new fin, the CG, the strange fin Lucky gave me, different wings.

    ps2/segue: What ever happened to "ventrals"? It seemed to be a fad. For me it was inconclusive. It did smooth things out, but did add drag, which definitely doesn't work in my favor.
  • jayskijayski Posts: 760 Mega Baller
    @skidawg you disagree with my plan!!?? should be more burritos and beer instead?
  • jimskijimski Posts: 357 Baller
    edited February 15
    Eat more tacos maybe try the coffee thing
    More professional help
    Stay away from the dock talk and the guys who think they know it all
    OH ya and purchase all the latest and greatest gear I get sucked into thinking I need
  • skidawgskidawg Posts: 3,260 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    Not sure I buy into the tricks helping slalom
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,198 Administrator
    @AdamCord That would mean you are actually going to ski more than 2 sets a month.

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  • AdamCordAdamCord Posts: 703 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    @Horton Yes if I thought getting more sets were a possibility, that would be the other thing I'd change.

    That being said...you ski too much
  • skidawgskidawg Posts: 3,260 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    @Dirt is already well versed in the RIGHT turn!
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,198 Administrator
    I am going to really try to get to more L events.

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  • WishWish Posts: 7,721 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Become more comfortable with more COM foward on the ski...especially coming out of 135 (RFF). Picking a ski and fin setting and not changing it for a while...long while.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
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