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post #31 of 40 (permalink) Old 12-21-2012, 10:55 PM
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You're from Toronto? lol
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post #32 of 40 (permalink) Old 12-21-2012, 10:57 PM
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Jennifer, if you push yourself at all, you'll fall a lot more. But most of the time it'll look a lot worse than it is. Watch out for hardpack days though. Adjust your riding on those days.

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Jennifer - I am SO STOKED FOR YOU!! Glad you like it and only 3 falls - I am soooo jealous of you! I do know what you mean about muscles you never knew you had hurting. I work out on an Eliptical for 1/2 an hour and spin for 1/2 an hour every day at home which has helped my endurance on the slopes - at my age that is! lol I then do 45 minutes of stretching and floor exercises - and it has helped.

But kudos to you and glad you love it! Keep posting your progress!
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Today was day one! Went and took my first lesson. They had snow like 2-3 days ago. It was awesome!!! Loved it. We stopped on the way to get me some goggles and a new pair of gloves (I somehow lost a brand new pair that I never even got to wear a week ago when we went up)....and we somehow left the store with a snowboard and bindings as well. lol. My husband loves me. I think he was just excited about snowboard shopping, since he doesnt need to get himself a new one. He has 3, and his latest was over $600...so he wont be getting a new one for a while.

The boots were VERY uncomfortable though. I lost feeling in my toes at a certain point. But I will experiment a bit and do some more looking around for the perfect boot for me.

I will say that I am sooooo sore! Seriously used muscles I have not made use of before. Only fell 3 times, I count that as a win. One fall looked pretty bad I guess. I had 2 lift operators and my instructor come running all freaked out asking if I was ok. I was fine. Jumped right back up. Though I do feel it in my arm now.

Thank you all for being so supportive and awesome. I had a great time and will be heading back up next week.

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Today was day one! Went and took my first lesson. They had snow like 2-3 days ago. It was awesome!!! Loved it. We stopped on the way to get me some goggles and a new pair of gloves (I somehow lost a brand new pair that I never even got to wear a week ago when we went up)....and we somehow left the store with a snowboard and bindings as well.
...Funny how that seems to happen like that!! (...I wonder, do first time skiers do the same thing? Run right out & buy a shiton of gear before or after their 1st-2nd time out??) Welcome to the "Addiction" is Right!!


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...The boots were VERY uncomfortable though. I lost feeling in my toes at a certain point. But I will experiment a bit and do some more looking around for the perfect boot for me.
If you read around this forum a bit, you'll discover that that issue, is pretty common even among folks without the special fit issues you had! Don't worry, I went thru 3-4 pairs before finding ones that fit comfortably for me! (...Oh, FYI, you want to watch just how tight you are synching the boots & your bindings. NooB's like me & others sometimes go WAY too tight on both at first, and that will cause a LOT of foot pain problems! If you're doing the same, that may NOT b a boot fit issue!!!)

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I will say that I am sooooo sore! Seriously used muscles I have not made use of before. Only fell 3 times, I count that as a win. One fall looked pretty bad I guess. I had 2 lift operators and my instructor come running all freaked out asking if I was ok. I was fine. Jumped right back up...

Thank you all for being so supportive and awesome. I had a great time and will be heading back up next week.

...Only fell 3 times?? I think anyone here would count that as a BIG win!!!
AWSOME JENNIFER!!!!!
...day after my first time, inside of my thighs hurt S-o-o-o bad!! Couldn't lift my legs to put on pants! Had to flatten them out on the floor & step into them!! (...won't tell you what I had to do to get the socks on!) Next time out you won't be as sore afterwards!!!

WAY TO GO!!!! Seeya on the slopes!!!!!

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Great job Jennifer! On the weight loss and the diligence to get out there and ride!

3 falls? That's a lot better than I did on my first try out...lol. I was winded just trying to stand still without falling.

Can't wait to hear more of your progression. Keep it up!
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I will say that I am sooooo sore! Seriously used muscles I have not made use of before. Only fell 3 times, I count that as a win.
Awesome! Just remember that falls aren't a measure of success. If you fall 4 times next time out it just means you're trying that much harder. I remember my girlfriend used to get really upset with herself when she fell... I still tell her that falling is a normal part of a snowboarding day. Falling does NOT equal failing.

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You're from Toronto? lol
No but I went there once it fucking sucked so I shit on it and left.

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Great to hear you had a lesson and got started. It took me a while to get down the hill (and off the lift) without falling. Lessons really helped. I hope you find the right boots soon and someone to work on them if necessary.
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Awesome! Just remember that falls aren't a measure of success. If you fall 4 times next time out it just means you're trying that much harder. I remember my girlfriend used to get really upset with herself when she fell... I still tell her that falling is a normal part of a snowboarding day. Falling does NOT equal failing.

Have fun!


I laughed so hard every time I fell. It really doesnt bother me. I actually expected to fall a lot more...and I know there will be a whole lot more falling in my next 2 lessons. I am just happy to be out there doing it at all, because 4 months ago I could not have even walked all the way to the bunny hill if my life depended on it.

For me anything beyond that walk is sheer success. The fact that I can walk to the hill while carrying all my own gear just makes my day. I dont really look forward to falling, but it doesnt bother me too much. I thought I would be self concious about people looking at me and seeing me fall...but when I was actually up there doing it I could not have cared less what anyone else thought. People who are up there for the love of the sport will think it is cool that this 30 something woman with some pounds left to lose keeps getting up, dusting herself off and getting back up the hill. People who are just there to look cool can kiss my behind because they are posers and their opinion doesnt matter to me.

Plus there is a bonus to falling. It gives you a minute to take a little sit down break. lol

I am going to go try on a few more boots this week. While the boots I got do fit my calves I have come to realize that they are not the boots for me. I think I want to get something with a little softer flex, and at least a good half to full size smaller in the foot. I am determined to find the perfect boots. It is my lifes mission at the moment. lol
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learn how to fall

I used to be a fat out of shape desk jockey...still overweight...still a desk jockey but in better shape...the health benefits will compound

you're doing great...shit I fell 4-5 times on my last run today and it was a blast ripping down a double black in knee deep pow
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