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I am not a pro boarder. In fact I am a very late fan of the sport. This is more a diary than anything else, although comments and suggestions are appreciated. I'm going to try to keep track of how I do (and what I do) from season to season; what works and what fails; and how I improve over time.
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Mid-off-season update

Posted 06-16-2013 at 11:51 AM by Donutz

Well, not really "mid". I think there's about 170 days left as of today, but we're approaching the longest day of the year which is kind of a symbolic milestone.

We've finished the move to the new digs (phew!) although we're nowhere near done unpacking. I hadn't realized how much shit we had in the crawlspace until I had to hump it out to the moving truck. Now it's all stacked in the garage while the car sits parked on the street. Yeesh!

I'm certainly going to get more exercise at the new home. Having three floors instead of a split level -- I really feel the extra stairs! And being situated on a slope, there's really no direction that I can walk or run that doesn't involve an incline. I've been starting to run on the Crunch (the power line right-of-way) and that definitely hurts. If I can just get the garage cleared and get the exercise stuff set up, I really have a good chance of getting myself well conditioned for next season. I also want to lose 10-15 lbs.

I phoned the Boardroom this weekend -- they had told me to check with them around this time about new boards. But now I get a "what, are you nuts?" vibe. Assholes. Make up your teeny minds. Minor nit anyway. They're still my number one go-to for snowboarding stuff. I'll keep checking with them.

I actually got the longboard out yesterday, and did some cautious lines in the parking lot. I need to get some new shoes for it though -- the old ones finally went to shoe heaven. With all the well-publicized longboarding accidents in the area lately, I expect some flack from my wife, though.

I've decided to keep the old Ride Havoc, to use as a practice and rock board. It's in crappy shape, but that's what rock boards are, right? I'll use it for balance beam exercises this summer - as soon as I make a new one. The old one went to the dump.

Anyway, looking forward to next season. We'll be making a point of getting lessons for my wife and daughter early on so that they are able to enjoy more of the mountain for more of the season. And, as I've mentioned before, I'll be making a point of attacking things and taking chances right from the beginning of the season.

Should be a good one this year.
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