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Why do I even bother with tournaments?!

SkiJaySkiJay Posts: 2,314 Mega Baller
edited June 2012 in Mostly Slalom
What is it with this stupid sport? I love course skiing, and the past year has been an absolute blast! So I figure after a three year comeback from a nasty injury it's time to do some tournaments. Last night I missed my third opening pass in as many tournaments and the fun-meter is dropping like a stone. I was skiing great and now I'm developing a ugly case of performance anxiety! And just so I can't blame my gear, the next day, im skiing just fine again. Aarrrrggg! ... Your ski should be your dance partner, not a wrestling opponent


  • A_BA_B Posts: 4,232 Mega Baller
    I heard they are working on a pill for this, but if you ski for more than 3 hours with it you need to call a Doctor.
  • cwillygoodcwillygood Posts: 195 Baller
    i felt the same way last year after i missed my gates at nationals, woops, but i did well in jump and trick, once i got back east and back to the tournaments and did well again the "stoke" came right back haha
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 6,008 Mega Baller
    @SkiJay try dropping back another pass for your opener. I went to 32/22 for my opener just so I have something I can totally muck up and still run.
    Mark Shaffer
  • GAJ0004GAJ0004 Posts: 1,095 Baller
    That's why there are multiple rounds in most tournaments.
    Gary Janzig Streetsboro Ohio, skis at Lake Latonka, Mercer Pennsylvania slalom,trick,kneeboard,barefoot
  • liquid dliquid d Posts: 1,215 Mega Baller
    Look at them a little're about to have a set with a perfectly set up boat, great drivers, bouys pulled down to perfection, weight adjusted in boat for maximum performance. Treat it as a day to do a pb every time.
    If that doesn't work, have a beer about 20 minutes prior.
  • Jim NeelyJim Neely Posts: 291 Baller
    edited June 2012

    Don't give up. The more tournaments you ski, the more comfortable you will become. The only way to become a good tournament skier is to ski more tournaments.
    68" Vapor
  • Razorskier1Razorskier1 Posts: 3,425 Mega Baller
    Think of tournaments like practice with a great driver and a perfect site. Take your turn just like you would in practice. And . . . enjoy the folks you are there with! That being said, I understand your frustration!
    Jim Ross
  • jayskijayski Posts: 900 Mega Baller
    @Skijay good thing you got a rating in the south! Just buggin ya! Stop hyping yourself up, thinking about Nats being there this year and everything, go ski some different sites/tourneys, SV is on the 24th, and get the anxiety out of ya before you ski, do something physical (bike/run) to work off that pre ski pump a bit...
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,612 Mega Baller
    Tournaments take time. My best advice is to keep expectations low for a while. Focus on hanging out with skiers and learning something about skiing, and it somehow you happen to ski well, that's a bonus!
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • SkiJaySkiJay Posts: 2,314 Mega Baller
    edited June 2012
    It's helpful knowing that this isn't that unusual, but I'm still at a loss. I can fall asleep in a racecar on pre-grid I'm so relaxed, so I don't feel like stress management is the issue. I've already moved my opener back from -28 to -22. I take time to socialize, or volunteer on the dock. I do a little running and stretching and spend some time getting my game face on before the set. Then I go out and ski like a chimpanzee! Maybe I need to actually practice -22, but it's dead easy in practice. Maybe I'm too relaxed. Twice I just got late. The other I fell at ONE ball ... It's cruel!

    Ski in more tournaments is probably the answer, as not fun as that sounds to me right now, but any other advice you have is sure welcome. ... Your ski should be your dance partner, not a wrestling opponent
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 6,008 Mega Baller
    @SkiJay the last 3 or 4 sets before the tournament run a tournament set starting at -22 and working down the rope. It is easy to get lazy at the easier opener if you never run it.
    Mark Shaffer
  • ntxntx Posts: 828 Crazy Baller
    No matter what you run in practice, you are only as good as your tournament scores.
  • matthewbrownmatthewbrown Posts: 467 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    @skijay you just have to stick with it, it takes time...we've all missed a ton of openers.... @liquid d you need to come on over to the westcoast and get some hip bruises from the buoys and let the judges yank your gates just for fun
  • DUSkierDUSkier Posts: 146 Baller
    Start Driving, judging and organizing tournys and you will not have time to get the jitters before you ski, my warm up at our local tournys is usually running to the dock to be on time to ski!!!!
    Away from local tournys (and local for that matter) I find that if I concentrate on one thing seems to work really well. For me that is the timing of my Gate pull out, as soon as I'm out of the water I look for the pre gate and REALLY concentrate on where it is in relation to the boat. Our Gate is the most important part of our pass as it sets up the tempo, if you can get this right most of the pass is muscle memory.
    Hope this helps.
    Nigel Sparrow
  • SplasheyeSplasheye Posts: 60 Baller
    What helped a lot of us was switching it around. Make practice more like tournaments. Dedicate a night or nights of skiing with your friends where you have to get a score off the dock. Continue your normal set afterwards but its that score that counts. Bragging rights to the winner. Amazing how it adds enough pressure that soon a tournament feels like just another set with your buddies.
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,612 Mega Baller
    I'm fascinated by the parade of dislikes on the "only tournament scores count" sentiment. It wasn't long ago that this site seemed to heavily slant to tournament skiers. Perhaps that's no longer the case!

    For me, my tournament and non-tournament numbers are just in different bins. Practice bests make me about 99% as happy as tournament bests, but I don't really compare the two to each other.
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 6,008 Mega Baller
    I usually have an informal contest with my primary ski partner to see who wins the day off the dock and who has the best score for the day. If one of us is working on something specific we don't worry about it but both of us like to have the bragging rights. It helps to put a little bit of heat on to perform. My tournament PB is about 4 buoys behind my practice PB but I only started running my practice PB at the end of the summer before last and there was only one tournament left then I was hurt last year.
    Mark Shaffer
  • LeonLLeonL Posts: 2,365 Crazy Baller
    edited June 2012
    Like @DUSkier said, drive for about 15 skiers, jump out of the boat, grab your gear, run to the starting dock and you don't have a lot of time to get nervous.
    Leon Leonard Stillwater Lake KY - SR Driver SR Judge
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