A Family Adventure


Tyson, Emilie & Isaac

how to teach a wedge

February 11, 2010
Emilie Phillips

Last night was the second monthly cross country ski clinic with the AMC. This time, there were only 4 students to three instructors. I ended up with one of my students from winter school again. This time she wanted to work on controlling speed. So we worked on the wedge and wedge turns. Well, unfortunately, I ran out of ideas for how to teach the wedge before she got it. So I went and found Ted and asked him for help. For the next hour and a half I ended up watching Ted teach and trying to memorize all the various things he said. Ted is amazing at teaching. Memorizing what he says is doable. But he has an impressive talent for looking at someone and seeing what they are doing wrong. Half of my problem is that I need to remember to look at the upper body also along with the skis and lower body. Well, by the end of the night, our student had learned something, and so had I. And I think we both need a bunch more practice.

In other news, lately I’ve been noticing that I’ve been being quite giggly. Two sundays ago, Tyson made such a spectacle of falling down from standing up eating lunch, that I started laughing so hard I couldn’t breath for a bit. Since then I keep cracking up laughing at everybody’s jokes and humorous moments. Not sure I object to this turn of events, but it seems notable.