|The Flying Dorais Brothers, who have taken skimo-inspired fitness to do ambitious and inspiring outings in the Wasatch and beyond.|
What about transitions? Is it mandatory to learn to do 20-second top transitions and 40-second bottom transitions? Yes, and no. Like everything, fast transitions are a skill that needs practice to execute properly - especially when your heart rate is pegged - and there are some folks who declare "I am NOT going to "practice" ski transitions!" but that's sorta like saying "I am NOT going to become a better rider in technical terrain!" But while trying to gain 20-30 seconds on a climb is hard, it's really easy to lose that in the transitions, so it's helpful to be efficient. But if you aren't...well that's fine too! But thinking about it and getting better might keep you from being the guy your buddies are waiting for at the top of a run, or give you a jump start if you aren't the fastest of your posse up the skinner.
|A superskimo guy practicing his transitions in the garden!|