A co-worker has talked me into joining our company “ski team” which is part of a larger league that meets several times a year in N. America and every other year Europe. The only issue I’m having is figuring out what skis (GS and slalom) I need as the league seem to abide with FIS rules. I write “issue” because I last raced for a Div 1 school back in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Skis have obviously come a long ways since then. Buying a “GS or slalom” ski has more variables/restrictions compared to my generation. The whole turn radius thing blows my mind as does the cost of this stuff. I’ve never had to pay for equipment so this is sort of a new experience for me.
So…I totally sympathize with those new to cycling trying to figure out what to buy or how to train. If you are interested in performance/competing you sort of want to avoid buying bottom tier yet top tier is overkill and gains are more marketing hype and not worth it for an amateur. Further, now that PM’s are common people who just need to ride a lot are splitting hairs with “450 v. 550 TSS” or not doing an event because their “FTP” is only 400W or not knowing when to start training…and on and on. Basically analysis by paralysis. They have no idea what they are doing yet, neck deep in equipment and training technique decisions that really don’t matter.
It’s funny (in a pathetic and ironic way) that I’m suffering from that same analysis by paralysis I detest in the cycling world. I feel for you new guys trying to figure out equipment, fit, training technique, and nutrition. It’s easy for me to say “ah just ride more” but, to the new guy that’s just BS and has zero context and probably not helpful at all. All I need to figure out is what ski to buy. So much more to confuse the new cyclist it’s easy for me to see why cycling will forever remain a fringe sport. I feel for you guys. Hang in there!