when i was younger (like in highschool and shit) I wanted to compete as much as possible (granted at the time I wasn't doing too bad and it was a source of income when there wasn't money coming in from anywhere else). My weekends consisted of traveling around from comp to comp and it was fun - for a time.
Over time though I started not wanted to enter the comps and just chill out and watch my friends. At that time I was out of highschool and skiing was more of a full time thing, and I didn't see the need to compete at every chance. I was happy just skiing all the time and watching my friends kick ass in the comps. Granted my friends at the time were starting to get really good and there was no way I could beat them.
I went like 6 or so years without competing in anything, but last year I threw my towel back into the ring. Just doing local comps, again with friends, and I'm loving it. I think the problem with competition is people take it too seriously and forget why they're on their skis in the first place. I mean - if you don't win (hell, if you don't qualify for finals even) does that mean skiing becomes less fun? fuck no. Will your friends think less of you by not beating them? Probably not - I mean, they're your friends, they know how you ski, and well, they're your friends.
I don't know. I've always been telling friends (good or bad) that if they have any thought as to weather they should enter a comp or not, then enter. Don't even think about winning, just think of your run as another lap in the park or on the mountain (if it's a big mountain comp) with your friends cheering you on.
It's just skiing. Don't loose the love simply because you spend too much time training and not enough time skiing.
btw: what the fuck is training anyways? I've always just thought of myself as going skiing. Training sounds like a dirty word.
D-Rail Compton Ass Esq. The 3rd