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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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One Fine Day

Posted 01-27-2013 at 11:10 PM by Donutz

Today is the last day of vacation. It's been a pretty good two weeks, but I've noticed that I'm a bit sore in places. Discovered a real beauty of a bruise on my right tricep, and I still don't know how I managed that. My piriformis was acting up a bit this morning, and my knees are letting me know they're there. Hmmph. Crybabies. Snowboarding time.

Anyway, it was foggy and lightly snowing this morning when I got to the mountain. Over the course of the day the fog got lighter and the snow got heavier. Excellent. And relatively light crowds for a weekend. Seems that people don't like to come to the mountain unless it's sunny. Oh, well, their loss is my extra laps.

The day didn't start out great. I went up the Mystery chair, came down Northlands intending to go down Unicorn and check out the 411 on Lodge, and discovered that Unicorn is still closed from the competition yesterday. Argh! So I went to hit the little kicker on Gun Barrel and discovered that it'd been tracked and compressed to death. Unusable. So by this point I'm working up to a real foul mood and actually considering just saying fukit and leaving. Fortunately I decided to just hit Lodge a few times and maybe check out the small Young Guns jump. Good plan! The jump had mellowed to the point where even a knuckle landing wasn't that bad. I think I hit the jump 20-30 times over the course of the day. For the first part of the day I couldn't clear the knuckle though. Even when I stopped speed-checking entirely (which is hard for me, being such a wuss) and tried popping, I couldn't manage it. Finally I remembered some advice from the forum to compress at the tranny and extend smoothly from there to the lip. Tried it, and it was like magic! Never knuckled again. I've still got a lot of work to do with jumps, but I think I'm over the basic fear. I could even do the top Northlands jump regularly now, I think.

On one ride up the lift, I was seated with one of the Park staff -- admin or management, I think -- and we got to talking about the beginner park. I pointed out that people were bypassing the rail, and opined that it's because it's too tall. He thanked me for the feedback and said he'd pass it on. So maybe between my emails and my random nagging, something will get done. I could have just about done the rail anyway today, but was too busy on the jump. Well, maybe next time. At least I'm not feeling bored with Seymour any more.
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    Found out the reason for the bruise on the tricep, because I did the same thing again. If I get off the Lodge chair late (usually to avoid someone who is drifting into my landing zone) the left edge of the chair is just the right height when it comes around to smack the back of my arm.
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