MA request for lsem

Re: MA request for lsem

Postby h.harb » Sat Jan 25, 2020 5:06 pm

The whole idea of doing slow releases either in Garlands or the formal "Two Footed releases" is to learn and feel that a ski can release, the tips go downhill and the tails of the skis follow the tips. If the tails go uphill even an inch from their starting point, you twisted the skis. This means you are using your hip, butt, and legs to get the skis moving. The whole point is to learn to let go, let the lack of friction start the skis downhill as they get flat. First, you have to have a certain amount of CA and fore/aft balance. After that, it's a matter of finding the right balance change timing to the outside ski. There is no end to such practice and you can learn to become very precise with energy minimization, let gravity take over.
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Re: MA request for lsem

Postby marsound » Tue Jan 28, 2020 9:51 am

h.harb wrote:The whole idea of doing slow releases either in Garlands or the formal "Two Footed releases" is to learn and feel that a ski can release, the tips go downhill and the tails of the skis follow the tips. If the tails go uphill even an inch from their starting point, you twisted the skis. This means you are using your hip, butt, and legs to get the skis moving. The whole point is to learn to let go, let the lack of friction start the skis downhill as they get flat. First, you have to have a certain amount of CA and fore/aft balance. After that, it's a matter of finding the right balance change timing to the outside ski. There is no end to such practice and you can learn to become very precise with energy minimization, let gravity take over.


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Re: MA request for lsem

Postby lsem » Tue Jan 28, 2020 10:24 am

Thank you Max, thank you Harald!

I spent some time thinking about problems you have pointed out and seems like I found out where it comes from.
Even though I don't twist or pivot skis deliberately, when I tip my ankle moves not only in lateral plane, but after doing some amount of inversion, toes go outwards while heel goes inwards. With ski attached to the foot it must be what produces this pivoting. It might be reinforced by coiling coming from release from countered position, that is why this unintentional pivoting is so pronounced.

This tails displacing was immediately spotted at Hintertux camp by coaches and it was my focus during some days, now, apparently, it has returned back.

Will be working on it.
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Re: MA request for lsem

Postby geoffda » Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:50 pm

Hi Isem,

I looked at both videos and I am wondering if your issues could be set up related. Your left foot looks like it could be too strong and your right foot looks cuff-strong to me. If that is the case, it would explain why you are pushing your skis away at the start of the turn on turns to the right. On turns to the left, the right ski looks like it is trying to rail, perhaps because you are fighting the cuff. It appears that you finally win the battle when the knee slams over, but that could be why you end up with an a-frame on that side. At the level you are skiing at, small changes in alignment can have large effects on your skiing. It might be worthwhile to start experimenting.

On the right boot, try softening the cuff by about a 5 minute turn on the medial side of the boot. Before you try adjusting the cuff, mark the current location with a Sharpie pen so that you can undo what you try.

On the left boot, you really need some temporary shims to play around with. If you can, start by tipping yourself in 1.5 degrees on the left. That is probably too much, but if you are, in fact, too strong, doing this should eliminate the pushing away of the left ski at the start of turns to the right. Assuming it does, then you can refine from there, testing 1/2 a degree and 1 degree. If you don't have shims, I'm not sure what to tell you.

Anyway, if you can make the changes, get some video. If the results are positive, you will know that you are on the right track.
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