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3 Ballers will receive one month of the “Mapple Training System” for free!

HortonHorton Posts: 27,871 Administrator
edited November 2013 in Technique & Theory
Andy @Mapple has offered to let 3 Ballers receive the “Mapple Training System” free for one month. Who will those 3 Ballers be?

If you want free coaching from Andy, you have to convince me that you are serious this winter*.

Please post below why I should pick you for one free month of “Mapple Training System”.
The three winners will be expected to share the experience with all of us.

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*or summer if you are in the southern hemisphere.

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  • skier2788skier2788 Posts: 735 Crazy Baller
    @ Horton before I try to plead my case. Do you know the cost on it? I would like to make sure it is something I can afford to keep doing after the the first month before I throw my hat in the ring. Thanks
    Travis Torley
  • skier2788skier2788 Posts: 735 Crazy Baller
    Scratch that just saw the other thread thanks.
    Travis Torley
  • RichardDoaneRichardDoane Posts: 4,169 Mega Baller
    @horton - you need to pick me for the following reasons : 1. we're planning on skiing all winter, 2. I'm working/practicing for the February tournament in Hawaii, and April in Mexico, 3. I need at least 4 more buoys to knock you down on the ranking list where you belong
    BallOfSpray Pacific Northwest Vice President of Event Management, aka "Zappy"
  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,871 Administrator
    @richarddoane I will tell @Mapple that you are unavailable

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  • jipster43jipster43 Posts: 1,428 Crazy Baller
    The only argument I need make would be video of my last 14.25 meter pass. I will post it after Thanksgiving dinner. It will give you all a lot to be thankful for!
  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,871 Administrator
    @scotchipman You are going to have to write something more convincing than "Pick Me".

    @richarddoane is looking like a better choice all the time.

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  • skier2788skier2788 Posts: 735 Crazy Baller
    Why you should pick me..... 1. Planning a trip to mapples in April. 2. Saving to buy a mapple. 3. Stuck in the high 90's for bouy count and want triple digits really bad. 4. Skiing in Texas December and end of February. 5. It sucks in Colorado with the lake frozen right now.
    Travis Torley
  • RichardDoaneRichardDoane Posts: 4,169 Mega Baller
    @skier2788 - frozen water sucks
    BallOfSpray Pacific Northwest Vice President of Event Management, aka "Zappy"
  • E_TE_T Posts: 616 extraterrestrial trouble maker
    @horton pick me. There is a certain evil individual I would like to beat at states this year
    E.T. phone home!
    I like reese's pieces

    "Leave nothing on the dock"~AM
  • WishWish Posts: 7,858 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited November 2013
    I feel like this is counterintuitive but... Top 10 reasons
    1. FL lake front owner with acces to 5 boats. Two with ZO
    2. Proud new owner of a Camaro wetsuit..water just won't feel cold...ever!!, And won't feel impeded.
    3. Minimal 3 sets per week all winter.
    4. In tournys getting [email protected] last season and [email protected] (should've run it) this season has to STOP! Must run it.
    5. Need to be at the bottom of the rankings MM
    6. 32.4567887 minutes away from Mapple's site door to door.
    8. I have an iPad tracker to record runs.
    9. Already use iPhone for ski recording.
    10. Because I can't think of anything ski related that would be cooler then this. Period.

    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,871 Administrator
    @wish not bad

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  • RichardDoaneRichardDoane Posts: 4,169 Mega Baller
    that @wish makes a compelling appeal, but you're gonna need a cold water skier (me) on the left coast as well as a FL based swerver
    BallOfSpray Pacific Northwest Vice President of Event Management, aka "Zappy"
  • musclefixermusclefixer Posts: 56 Baller
    I'd like a chance...
    skiing for many yrs, some would say incorrectly. For the past 3 yrs I have worked my way up the line and speed from 32 mph 15 to 34 mph 28'. Can run maybe 2 at 32' 34mph on a good day. Technique is getting better, muscle memory getting better. But there in lies the problem. When you start to get to these line lengths, you need the technique, the strength and the ability to recognize the right and wrongs.. A coach + program like the Mapple training system is offering would indeed help me get to this summers goal of running 32' and some # at 35'. I have access via membership to a private tournament site in nor cal, and ability to ski 1-2 days a week all winter. A Z box MC or Zero off MC to train with and ski partners that can all run 35 and 38. I record sets with ski -doc and have spent countless hrs watching the best of the best at tournaments here in Cali. trying to figure it all out. I'm committed to improving my skiing and would like to participate in some summer tourneys in '14. But need the bouy count to improve some. 48' water doesn't scare me. Lets do this.... @Horton I'll even wear my BOS shirt:)- thanks to Matt
  • colo_skiercolo_skier Posts: 784 Solid Baller
    @skier2788 Our lake is still ice free in Pueblo. Were are you located?
    Not sure I know what I am doing. The boat goes I follow. Trying to perfect the deep water start. Squirrel!
  • skier2788skier2788 Posts: 735 Crazy Baller
    @colo_skier I ski in fort Collins. Lake isn't100% frose has some ice. Boats have been winterized for a month now. Heading to sisters place in Texas for Christmas to ski. Gotta breakup the winter some how.
    Travis Torley
  • WishWish Posts: 7,858 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @OB you obviously have made to much progress in the past year to need such services and as for me working...yes but self employed so I make my own schedule. Oh, and I don't have to put myself 30,000 feet in the air for hours to get to my lake. Just sayn.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • SkiJaySkiJay Posts: 2,314 Mega Baller
    Lord knows I live to experiment, so I'd love to give this a try!

    - I'm a natural born guinea pig/crash test dummy
    - I've been training on "programs" my whole life
    - When I'm on a program, I stick to it precisely
    - I'm analytical and keep a daily log so I have a baseline against which to track progress
    - I live on a tournament lake in Orlando (controlled environment)
    - Being in Orlando, I can visit Andy personally if necessary
    - I can ski daily, and I ski regardless of the weather
    - I have a gym membership for any physical requirements of the program
    - with nearly 400 sets this year so far, I'm very aware of what's happening with my skiing
    - I like to write, and it would be nice to have something useful to write on BOS for a change =) ... Your ski should be your dance partner, not a wrestling opponent
  • KavanKavan Posts: 24 Baller
    Why not chose me? Put this thing to the ultiment test, a skier who doesn't get to ski all winter, a kid who has class everyday and a kid who wants to win the west next summer in boys 3.
  • ralral Posts: 1,711 Mega Baller
    @Horton, you need to do this for me to help me survive and keep skiing.

    I broke my neck on an OTF two years ago, and had a metal plate in my neck, until the plate failed two months ago and had to be removed. I started skiing again last Monday, and need to make sure I do not fall again like that. Doc does not want me to fall again like that.

    Only way to achieve this is to fix my 2 and 4. Andy can do it.
    Rodrigo Andai
  • thagerthager Posts: 4,591 Mega Baller
    @Horton Pick me or I will spill the beans.
    Stir vigorously then leave!
  • skidawgskidawg Posts: 3,289 Mega Baller
    I need motivation to get back in top form!!!!
    Mr. Mom is Horton's favorite movie!
  • ozskiozski Posts: 1,660
    Being an Aussie we are about to hit summer so I will have plenty of opportunity to ski and report findings. I also own and run a software development company so I can provide more than one perspective on the tools provided. It would also be valuable for AM to have feedback from a user outside of the US.

    I'm also gifted with a very average amount of natural ability and talent so I need to work hard at things to make progress. Currently working on -32 / -35

    I will also write him a cracker of a testimonial.
    'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.'' Boat 2005 Nautique 196 6L ZO - Ski - KD Platinum

  • xratedxrated Posts: 506 Solid Baller
    Can't believe nobody used this approach.

    I have lots of cold beer and Kilo Kai with @hortons names on it just waiting for him in MN
  • gsm_petergsm_peter Posts: 754 Crazy Baller
    Application from Peter in Sweden:

    1. Andy might benefit from a reference in Sweden and not only NA.

    2. Based on my current limited skills I would most likely benefit (improve) very strongly by professional coaching. A great improvement would be a selling point for the product!

    3. If I shall ever make my goal to shorten the rope I need fast progress
    (Being 55 and only been skiing for 3 seasons)

    4. There are hardly no other coaching available in Sweden so this opportunity would be super great!

    5. For this competition there are no international shipping costs =0)))

    6. If I win I would be very grateful and an ambassador for the product, forum and the sport

    Have a nice day

    Life is too short not to enjoy every day!
  • KlundellKlundell Posts: 432 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    I would be the perfect experiment for Andy because I am a notorious buoy chaser in my training I almost never run all six buoys without shortening the rope directly after and I never go backwards. I've always wondered if a more a programmed approach to my training would improve my skiing but I've never had the discipline to slow down. I'm fully dedicated this winter but only in the Gym due to Utah winter but I'd love to have the chance to have Andy's service in may.
  • marknmarkn Posts: 216 Solid Baller
    Would very much like the opportunity to work with Andy Mapple and staff to experience the MTS. Living outside Orlando, I am in close proximity to the Mapple Taining center as well as having access to my ski course and Swiss Ski School when winds do not cooperate on my lake. Having skied with Andy in the past and skiing on Mapple designed skis for years, I recognize his insight, knowledge and passion for the sport is unparalleled. Possibly getting burned out by using the improper training technique of going out and trying to ski my PB every time. His insight and training tips could renew my enthusiasm and take performance to a new level. In addition, it would be rewarding to share the experience with others. Thank you for your consideration. MWN
  • Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 1,824 Mega Baller
    My reasons:
    I'm looking for that extra input to get me through 32 consistently and further into 35 off.
    I'm dedicated - winter workout program is P90X - but I can tailor an adjust as needed. I do two rounds of the workout program, I back it up.
    Perseverance - I'm not afraid to take two steps backward to get 5 steps forward.
    Details - I will document like I'm writing a manual.
    Journey - amazing results take work, it's a journey -
  • Bruce_ButterfieldBruce_Butterfield Posts: 1,533 Mega Baller
    I’ll throw my name into the hat.

    Here’s why:

    In the 2004-2006 timeframe, I was running about 50% of my -39s in practice and ran it multiple times in tournaments, including twice in Big Dawgs. My last tournament 39 was in 2007. I haven’t run it in practice in about 3 or 4 years. I blame the decline on 3 primary things: I have been struggling to find a ski that works as well as the 2 I was using during that time (both broke down over time and got soft), fighting ZO, and just plain getting old.

    So if I am going to improve, I need to do something different.

    At the end of last season, I got a ski that I feel does everything its suppose to and I can finally focus on what I am doing instead of fighting and trying to make a ski work. By coincidence it’s a Mapple 6.1.

    I have used many training strategies over the years and understand the importance of discipline and tracking progress. I still keep notes on every set. I will provide objective and honest assessment of the training system – what works, what doesn’t, what can be improved, and my individual quirks that may or may not affect others.

    So my goal will be to get back to where I was 8-10 years ago. That is both measureable and not unrealistic.

    Here’s why not:

    My normal ski season is from mid March to mid Oct. I spend the first several weeks just doing back to backs, so it is usually mid-late April before I shorten to 38. So any training system will be of limited value until around May.

    At the ripe age of 51, I may very well be past the knee in the curve where physiological declines will override improvements in technique and equipment. I still work hard at conditioning, but it gets tougher every year and I don’t feel as strong as I used to.

    My kids get priority on water time. That’s a problem I didn’t have 10 years ago, but a good problem to have today. I still get a set about 5 times a week during the season, but focusing and getting more out of that time becomes critical.
    I'm Ancient. WTH do I know?
  • skibugskibug Posts: 2,041
    All I will say is that I have never been a beggar and I won't start now!! The only thing I have to offer is I sort of suck at skiing and need all the help I can get. If reviews of the MTS warrant giving it a try; I will purchase it. I have no problem blowing good money after bad in this sport chasing a higher buoy count. It won't be the first, or last, time I make a donation.
    Bob Grizzi
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