Molly Lee 49kph June 4th 2017 JB Ski
I hope you have trained a few times since we saw each other at JB Ski?
So you will remember we talked about width Zone a great deal and you can see here on this 49 Kph starting speed that you were not much wider than the buoy line especially when you finally turned for then Gates. We have the discussion out not allowing the drift back inward? The Width zone for the 18 meterline is between 3-4 meters and we need to be me cisalpine day getting out to the width zone and being balanced in the glide ready to turn before we slow down, since on our ski and drift back inword to the buoy line or worse inside. Force yourself to turn from then3-4 meter zone every time and then start moving the boat on the Pre Gate so as not to keep missing the entry gate. This way you can continue to turn the same same way, the the same angle and position to ensure the same rhythm and tempo.
Molly Lee 52 Kph June 4th 2017 JBSki
You did turn before loosing width on this gate and of course your passed before the gates, at least you trained turning from close to the widest you were that time in your set up. Was it within the correct width zone? If not make sure you pull longer the next time to be in the correct 3-4, I can't stress this enough Molly. You can see your pulling position from zero to one and from Two to three buoys were not really in alignment or your strongest position, but you did get into a far stronger position out of four buoy across to five and this is what I want to see on all of your onside pulls from Left to right. Being in this more aligned position will not only feel stronger Molly, but you will ski earlier in the course, you will be wider in front of your offside turns and your balance will be much improved!
So again I want to ask to ask you how wide are you on you gate set up and glide? To me you only look somewhere between 2-3 meters at best rather than 3-4 meters? You are definitely slowing down below boat speed and drifting back and loosing width! Are you aware of this?
I know you worried about continuing to miss the gates in training ahead of Tournaments and yes with this particular gate set up, if you had turned at the point of realizing you we're starting to slow down and loose width, you should have turned and yes you would have missed the gates! But at least you could have turned with best case scenario on your width and speed and then adjusted your pull out on the next path not to miss the gate again. Whether you have to pull out later, or even earlier and longer to actually reach 4 meters without being late for your gate or getting slack rope on the gate turn.
We also worked on getting set in a more lined up onside pulling position for gate turn to one buoy, two buoy to three and four buoy to five. You can see your onside pull is not that lined up or ever strong and this is why you are pulled over the left turning edge of your ski on your offside approve to the first turn. If you could see your path from above, you would see that the boat takes quite a lot of angle away from you which causes you to be narrow and fast into your offside 1, 3 & 5 turns.
Being set in a stronger onsite pulling position would also create space and time in front of your offside turn buoys and improve your stance and alignment which then would give you better balance and result in better offside turns.
Molly Lee 55kph June 4th 2017 JB Ski
Once at 55kph on 18 meterline and in a tailwind, you should be pulling out with the boat roughly a full boat length before it meets the pre gate, 7-8 meters that way you would have more time to pull longer out the the correct width zone of 3-4 meters wider than the buoy line and not have slack line when turning in.
You have slack line on this set up not just because you pulled out to late and less than 7-8 meters, but you can see you are leaning inward over your inside right edge of your ski in the whole glide.
As you ski more and trust that even if your are fast and late for your gate, you will be better off staying away from the boat to keep the line tight.
Turn in late and even after the gate with a tight line, is a way better start to a pass than being on the right hand gate buoy but having turned on slack line. Whilst you you are light in weight and not as strong as you will become Molly, you need to be trying to turn with a tight line every time, even if that means turning later for the gates than you would like.
The gates are so important in your training more than you know and it's no good just going between the two gates buoys from a bunch of different width, speeds and of course having your ski sitting high on the water if you have good speed or sitting deep in the water if you have no speed.
First learning to consistently out into the correct width zone is crucial, then making sure you turn from within that zone and not drifting inward. Loosing speed and width just to keep going through the gates. Trust me this is very very important to you progression in slalom?
Do you have any more questions with regarding your gate set up????
Please post some more video of your skiing,