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11-24-2009 09:46 PM
Souva How long have you been riding? Are you having fun? My suggestion is that things take time, so put in the time and stop being a little puss or take up something a little less physical.
11-24-2009 06:31 PM
pmid85 ahh

sorry you havent had your snowboarding epiphany day

after that You wont even think about giving it up until you physically cant (and im not talking about separated shoulders)
11-22-2009 07:52 AM
wrathfuldeity Keep it up, us older geezers don't like to fall as hard, but as time goes on you fall much less and learn to fall easier. I didn't pick up the sport til 44 and had nevered skied, skated or surfed and last year, seventh season, rode 25 days with a left frozen shoulder syndrome that at times had me in most skiers use their shoulders for poles....but you are a lucky snowboarder with a tweeked shoulder and don't need to use them damn ski poles...I mean how much stuff do you need to get down the hill...2 planks and 2 poles. Also as a skier, you can already read terrain, snow, edging and stuff so you are almost there. Anyway keep it up and you will hit the magical day or pow day and it will come together. I would suggest finding someone that can instruct you on the body mechanics and board dynamics...once I figured out the body mechanics of closed shoulders, tilted pelvis, bent knees, keeping body parts in the box, alignment and learning to look over the leading shoulder the riding really came together.
11-22-2009 05:47 AM
Colo Springs E
Originally Posted by Aerodynamic12 View Post
Not to be picky, but don't you mean the other way around?
LOL, yes you're right...

I dunno, I hate giving up but I think sometimes you just have to be man enough to admit you're whupped... skiing seems natural to me, boarding doesn't. I sure love the comfy boots and how cool and fun it looks watching someone who knows how to do it, but I don't think I'm ever gonna be that guy.

I wonder if I would've been better off staying with the shorter board, despite all the comments here that I was crazy for being on a board that short.

Ah well, take the bull by the horns sometimes you get gored!

Can't wait to get into my physical terror, um, therapy here in a few weeks.
11-21-2009 11:46 PM
Originally Posted by Nugggster View Post
I also notice I catch an edge most of the time at the end of the day as I begin to get tired.
QFT!!! some of my hardest fall are all towards the end of the day where im getting tired and just flat based it or i wasnt paying attention...
11-21-2009 10:58 PM
Nugggster Snowboarding is a physical sport, injuries are part of the inherent risks we take. If im not falling im not happy cuz I know it means im just cruising & not pushing myself hard enough. A board with slightly detuned edges helps eliminate edges catching. I also notice I catch an edge most of the time at the end of the day as I begin to get tired.
11-21-2009 09:07 PM
Mr. Right My shoulder is trashed from snowboarding and I still ride. Don't give up...
11-21-2009 08:28 PM
Originally Posted by Colo Springs E View Post
sport where I stay horizontal more than perpendicular.
Not to be picky, but don't you mean the other way around?

Sucks to hear though. I've been boarding about 5 years now, and last year caught an edge and landed hard on my shoulder, on the nice icy hills we have around here... nothing major, but it sure did hurt for a couple days. Other than that, I still fall all the time, mostly cause I'm messing around and having fun. Can't think of a better reason for an injury really.

I think you should hold on to your set up and try again. You said you got a solid 7-8 good runs. I think you're under the impression that you should be progressing much faster. For the second time out (considering how long it's been), I would say you're right where one would expect to be, progress wise. Freak accidents happen, you shouldn't let them be the determining factor.
11-21-2009 07:38 PM
Colo Springs E
Originally Posted by RallyBowls View Post
how steep were the runs you were on? starting out on a black diamond is dangerous, to say the least.
LOL trust me, I wasn't on any black diamonds!
11-21-2009 07:36 PM
Colo Springs E
I should've provided more detail

Lessons... I've taken several. The first few I took 10 years ago when I lived in Utah. All I did all day long was bust my ass. I finally gave up as I seemed pretty natural at skiing.

So for 10 or so years I went 5-8 times a season (I've lived in CO and UT last 10 years) skiing, and did fine. One time out in Utah I "tweaked" my knee at the end of the season, was very minor fibrous tears so I did a few weeks of PT and it was good to go.

Last year I told my wife let's give it one more try--I just REALLY wanted to try to get this thing. I took a lesson and finally started to feel like I was picking it up.

I went Halloween day at Loveland. I actually did pretty good. Sure I fell a couple times and did the proverbial f*ck-up coming off the chair lift (how embarrassing) but overall a pretty good 7-8 runs.

I went Veteran's Day. I should point out I was on a 145 on Halloween day when I felt I did pretty good. Practically everyone on this site stated I needed to go longer (I'm 5'6", 165) so I picked up a 153 board.

It was detuned. I even took it to another shop after my accident to see what they thought of it, they said it was fine.

But all day long (Veteran's Day) I kept catching edges. Anyway the last time it happened it was really bad as I actually had a little speed going and that was all she wrote.

The conditions were not bad at all... I've certainly skied worse (it wasn't icy, wasn't slushy).

So anyway, it just seems boarding doesn't come very naturally to me. That's a bummer, as it looks so cool and fun, but seriously, I don't ever want to have to deal with this again and I think the odds are much lower of having a bad accident if I stick to something I appear to be more of a natural at (skiing) even if it's not nearly as cool, I confess. *sigh*

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