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Old 03-06-2013, 12:55 PM   #3431 (permalink)
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I just don't fucking get how you guys go so fast.
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Meanwhile I hurt myself sitting down.


60 though, holy shit. I can imagine 50 as I was almost there but 60...
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I just don't fucking get how you guys go so fast.
1. Ignore your fear
2. Conditions have to be right (snow, lighting, etc)
3. It has to be the right kind of run, long enough to get to and maintain the speed and your GPS to record it. Steep enough to book. Long, unobstructed line of site so you can see at a distance what is coming so you have time to micro adjust.
4. Minimal people on the same run
5. Ignore your fear
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1. Ignore your fear
2. Conditions have to be right (snow, lighting, etc)
3. It has to be the right kind of run, long enough to get to and maintain the speed and your GPS to record it. Steep enough to book. Long, unobstructed line of site so you can see at a distance what is coming so you have time to micro adjust.
4. Minimal people on the same run
5. Ignore your fear
Yup, it's a bluebird day here and this is the very first time I've been able to do a single run without dodging skiers or other snowboarders I'm literally putting tracks on untouched groomers on these black diamonds out here!
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Old 03-06-2013, 01:18 PM   #3435 (permalink)
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5. Ignore your fear
Yes, this I am learning. Actually, I've made some drastic improvements overall with my new board, which doesn't chatter and shudder as I go faster like my old one did. (I tried to explain this to my wife as the difference between going 80 down the highway in a Cadillac versus a rusted out Pinto). This in turn has improved my confidence and allowed me to steadily improve each time I go.

However, she still fucking zips by me on her skis like she's not even trying and it just pisses me off. Tomorrow hopefully I can make some strides as I'm assuming I'll have nice groomers and low traffic to deal with.
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I just don't fucking get how you guys go so fast.
It's mostly just practice & experience.

But TBH, 50+ starts feeling sketchy and then you start thinking things like, "What would happen if I took a spill at this speed...?"
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This might be a stupid question, but would it be worth paying for a lesson or should I just keep riding and experimenting? If they were cheaper I'd buy one tomorrow, but 69 bucks an hour is pretty steep to me.
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Yes, this I am learning. Actually, I've made some drastic improvements overall with my new board, which doesn't chatter and shudder as I go faster like my old one did. (I tried to explain this to my wife as the difference between going 80 down the highway in a Cadillac versus a rusted out Pinto). This in turn has improved my confidence and allowed me to steadily improve each time I go.

However, she still fucking zips by me on her skis like she's not even trying and it just pisses me off. Tomorrow hopefully I can make some strides as I'm assuming I'll have nice groomers and low traffic to deal with.
Yeah she's got an advantage with those long ass skis. All things being equal with skill and confidence she would always be faster than you.

I've never ridden a park board or anything noodly but your analogy fits everything I've ever heard.
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Yeah she's got an advantage with those long ass skis. All things being equal with skill and confidence she would always be faster than you.

I've never ridden a park board or anything noodly but your analogy fits everything I've ever heard.
Ha, her skis are only 146s! The main difference is that she's so stable and just fucking straight-lines it without fear.

edit: I was pretty proud of myself on my last couple of runs at Crystal last Saturday night though. I passed more people than those who passed me, including a bunch of skiers that I let drop in ahead of me (though they weren't bombing it like my wife likes to do). I don't have a GPS to measure my speed or anything but I felt like I was cooking on those runs, at least for me.

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It's mostly just practice & experience.

But TBH, 50+ starts feeling sketchy and then you start thinking things like, "What would happen if I took a spill at this speed...?"
When I get that thought, I slow down. I don't push it when I have bad joojoo.

You're right though, top speed you really start focusing hardcore on what you're doing. I tried to explain it once as having terminator vision, imagining the terrain gridline, little squares identifying potential hazards and as speed tracker in the corner showing your speed. haha
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