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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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Update and Day 2

Posted 12-16-2012 at 08:09 PM by Donutz

First, an update since last post. It's been snowing on the mountain pretty much every day for the last 2 weeks, and the freezing level has stayed down so nothing is melting and there's no rain. More on this when I get to today on the mountain, but let me just say: wow!

So anyway, last week was really hard on the old bod. I was sore for days, including some very sore stomach muscles from having to dig myself out of several slams into deep snow. By this weekend I was feeling ok, so I went to my tramp lesson as usual. Unfortunately doing flips into the foam pit kind of re-stressed my abdominal muscles. I had to cut the flips short and work on grabs instead. Now I have to get a bounce board for sure -- grabbing my instep just doesn't cut it. One good thing -- I'm finding that I can now consciously see the whole rotation on a 360. Previously it was just a blur.

So, on to today's session on the mountain. First, I have already apologized to Ullr on the forum for my snit over previous weeks, and I'll take this opportunity to apologize again. The snow was INCREDIBLE! This is the cold, dry, crumbly stuff that flies up when you slash through it, that doesn't stick to you and get you wet. And the levels are about the same as mid-January last year. If we get another foot or two, we'll be better off than any time last season.

The abdominal strain was still kind of bugging me, so I couldn't go full gonzo on anything that involves popping or ollies. Nevertheless, I hit Petes Run at full speed several times, climbed the sides of the runs constantly, and worked on my steeps handling on Unicorn. I have a tendency to wash out heelside in the early season, and I did that several times today. But I'm well ahead of where I was last year at this point, even though I have 2 weeks less season so far.

The new Mystery Chair continues to impress. I'm finding that I'm able to get about twice as many runs in any given hour. And with less resting time between runs.... oh, wait. That's why my legs were killing me by 1pm. D'oh! Looks like I'm going to have to get back to the gym on a regular basis.

They have built a small jump on Northlands that's just barely not a tabletop. That's the big disappointment of the day -- I just couldn't risk it with the abdominal issue. I hope it's there next week in the same configuration. It's perfect for starting on jumps.

On other fronts, I did Earls (successfully) several times and Boomerang (unsuccessfully) once. Boomerang just doesn't have the slope to get you through that much new snow. Oh well. And I even started working on my switch riding today.

All in all, this was a great day, even with the injury limiting my options. We're hoping to go again Wednesday evening, and planning on going Friday evening. Should be a great week.
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