Reading DaveZ's back n forth with Sabatoa in Mi. Regional thread got me thinking. First time I set foot on a skate board 40 some odd years ago, I hit one of those pebbles Dave described and spent 2 weeks picking gravel out of my knees, elbows n chin! Haven't ridden one since!
My very first time snowboarding, On the last run of the night. I caught an edge n slammed HARD! I found out later that what I had was called a Hip Pointer injury. I was in such obvious pain, I had to repeatedly talk the ski patrol out of stretchering me off the hill. I wasn't entirely certain I would be able to drive once I finally reached my car.
Oddly enough, next week I was back for more! AND, even managed to repeat the Exact Same injury that night. (...this time I was wearing DIY hip pads. Good thing too, cuz if I hadn't been, I would have needed a stretcher!)
....but once again, by the next weekend, I was back out trying to get the basics of not falling down!
Im sure a few of us recall, near the end of last season. New members Jennifer and Beachlegogal, they kept posting about the "Brutal" beatings they were taking trying to learn how to snowboard! Still, they kept going back out! I know I've talked to others who took some really massive hits early on, but didn't give up. They kept going back until it "Clicked!"
With the season soon approaching, I thought it would be interesting to hear from other SBF members who like myself and I suspect a few others, kept coming back even after all the bruises and sprains of those first few outings and persevered despite the pain for the sake of "The Stoke!"
There are precious few things in my life that I would be willing to endure such pain trying and yet would continue to go back and try over and over again!!!
I know we will probably hear from a few "Gnartural Athletes" who "never had a lesson, just borrowed a bud's board and were hitting the Super Pipe by the end of the day!
. but I really want to hear from those who kept asking themselves, "Why am I beating the Piss out of myself?" But kept coming back anyway!
How about it? Anyone!