On an average, in super G tournaments, master racers can speed up to 65 miles per hour while skiing uphill, while the speed can increase to 75 mph downhill. Of course, this is not exactly world cup speed. However, this is not a life in slow lanes, as well.
Developing skiing speed gives rise to a very special adrenaline rush to many. However, to many ski racers, even the decision to take part in speed racing events can give rise to complications.
The Ups And Downs Of Speed Development
Participating in speed racing events can help to improve your performance in tech events like the Gs, as such tournaments make the racers more comfortable and seasoned in managing faster speeds. Also, zip-zap-zooming your way through the snow can be real fun if the weather condition is favourable. And if you take it as a challenge, then it can be a great part of ski racing!
On the flipside, speed racing involves a risk of injury- crashing while skiing on high speed can understandably be dangerous and painful. Again, while skiing downhill, the time management poses to be a huge deterrent for racers.
Should you need to navigate your requirement of speed, you might want to have some rarely exposed speed development tips up your sleeve.
Skiing down is primarily about speed and time management, staying in the stick and finding out the fault line. Also, the distance between racers becomes closer, say, about 30-40 feet. This gives you a great chance to get creative with the lines. Training runs are best practised downhill, a champion racer points. You have to work more on the flats, where racers tend to slow down.
• Chalk Out a Strategy
If you are getting trained for two training runs, then you can consider the following plan with every plan:
1. Run #1: train on the right line
2. Run#2: train intensively up the line
3. Run#3: this is the racing line when you need to ski on the actual race line
Pay special attention to the jumps, the rise line, as well as to the fall lines. When you give a lot of thinking to them, then you can experience a visible improvement between your first training run and the final race.
• Taking Things Seriously
Take every run seriously even the training sessions. Remember that committing stupidity or failing to retain the right mindset during training help you sense where you are standing at the moment and how far can you go during the final race. Though it might sound a clichéd now, but any negligence during training can eventually land you up with bad stuff.
• Stay Fit
Though it goes without saying, but physical fitness is the key and the last word in succeeding speedy events. While for a beginner-level ski racer, working out 3-4 days a week would suffice. However, older and experienced skiers should optimally exercise six days a week, and with double effort. It not only improves physical ability, but it also prevents you from throwing up during the final 4 turns, something very common among relatively unfit skiers.
Perhaps, one of the hardest parts of games is keeping your head cool during the race. Lack of focus in the game remains a problem especially with newbie ski racers who try to go faster. Perhaps, the easiest way to counter this is to keep talking to yourself- and remind about right techniques. Otherwise, chances are you will keep on losing your concentration time and again.
Happy skiing every time!