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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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Some Random Thoughts

Posted 09-18-2013 at 08:51 PM by Donutz
Updated 10-07-2013 at 04:41 PM by Donutz

I'm starting to get antsy. It's 74 days as of today, and it's starting to feel real. So time for a recap and some navel-gazing.

First, I want to take the opportunity to complain about last season again. Such a good start to the season with a crapton of snow in December, followed by next to nothing the rest of the season. Admittedly there was a good dump in March, more than a meter of new, but it was immediately followed by torrential rain that actually shut the mountain down. There were some good times -- December was great as mentioned, and March had some fun times because of the beginner jump line that they built in Young Guns.

Last season was tainted by injuries though -- I had the tailbone injury the previous season that for some reason made me more aware of my mortality or something. Anyway, made me kind of tentative about things that might make me go biff. Probably negative conditioning. Then there was the abdomen pull near the beginning of the season that really slowed me down for almost a month. Add to that my wife's injury on Boxing Day which put her out for six weeks -- which meant six weeks during which she wasn't pushing for Friday night skiing.

Some of the high points of last season: The high-speed quad on Seymour, and the forum-member meet-ups on Cypress and Baker. Also just getting a chance to see mountains like Cypress and Baker, which TBH have made me even more dissatisfied with Seymour. And I already mentioned the jump-line on Young Guns. I think that might have broken me past "nervous beginner" status on jumps, finally. Plus the beginner park on Cypress which actually lives up to the name. That was fun and I'm going to hit Cypress again this year just for that. I've even bought a season pass for Cypress so I can go during weekdays off.

Although I didn't get very far on park-type and flatland tricks and features, I did make good progress on freeride stuff -- specifically C turns and steeps. I'm feeling like I'll be ready to hit all the blacks early this season.

So, preparation. Unfortunately I'm kind of out of shape this year. Between the house move and all the craziness at work, I've had very little time to work out or run this year, at least with any consistency. I'm hoping to start in on the workouts again this month. I've already decided that I'm going to be buying a 2014 Proto HD as soon as the Boardroom brings the new NS boards in. Paired with my new Targas and my new Focus Boa boots, I'm ready for anything! I would have liked to do some balance beam work this off-season, but again with the move there wasn't time or opportunity. Plus I tossed the old balance beam, so I have to buy or build a new one. Doh!

There's some buzz on the forum about things cooling off early this year. People are seeing snow on some mountains already! I had a look at the Seymour weather site today and it shows freezing level coming down to almost the Mystery chair as of next Monday. For mid-September I'm pretty sure that's unusual. Of course I have to remind myself that last year was all over the place and any attempt to predict the end-game from the early signs would have been a hilarious fail. Still, it's all about hope.

For this year, I'm keeping my goals simple. No list of tricks or skills. Just one item: be less tentative and less conservative. Don't put off trying stuff. Don't keep saying "not ready for that". Stop doing the same old same old, and try different paths. Time to go for it.
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