Skiing/Instructing

The Tight Collar: The New Science of Choking Under Pressure | Wired Science 

via wired.com Here’s an article about a topic I mentioned in a previous post that referenced a 10 year old article. This one in wired is from September 2010 Wired.com. Very interesting discussion on the thought processes going on in athletic situations. Seems there is a “working memory” that if clogged with, or occupied by,…

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Choke or Panic? Implicit or Explicit Learning?

Ran across an interesting article from the New Yorker today (see it here). It’s kind of long, but so are most New Yorker articles. The subject of the article is why athletes/professionals sometimes fail under pressure. This post is so I can reference the article later and reference it to other topics. It’s over 10…

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Fixed Gear Cycling and Skiing

A concept I’ve been exploring for a while is how fixie riding can improve skiing. I intend to expound the following, but for now I just want to get ’em down somewhere before they are lost to damaged brain cells or whatever. Overall Fitness Spinning improves leg speed, thus improves quickness on snow. Pressure Control…

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PSIA Lexicon

Alpine Description Words The following descriptions are copied from the PSIA-RM demos found on www.vimeo.com. These are just the words imprinted on the skiing demos. They can also be found in a PDF document called Skiing Standards IDP (instructor development pathway), and they’re broken down into ski/body performance. The PDF contains the standards for all…

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Attained Level III

Passed Level III exam on my second try this year. My first attempt was in late April, the second on March 30 and 31. I only needed to take the Teaching and Movement Analysis days.  I believe going through the exam process has been one of the most challenging goals in my life. Reaching full-cert…

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My Skis on top of Continental Divide

Left ski is in the eastern slope right is on the western slope. Beautiful day at Monarch. Not many people but lots of great snow and open runs! What a great office space for work.

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Skiing with Gunnar again!

Gunnar and I are focusing on leg rotation today. He’s got a roller blading background.  Awesome! I’m the lucky one.

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