Just got back from CO, learned a lot.........
So I just got back from an awesome trip to Colorado. This is my second season snowboarding and this trip did a lot for my confidence. Thanks snowolf for all the advice you provide on this forum, and to everyone else that contributes.
The biggest thing I learned over the last week is that my logic was off regarding how tight to make my bindings. Up until a few days ago, I used to crank my binding straps down as tight as they would possibly go. I just always thought this was necessary to have proper control and to eliminate sloppiness. Unfortunately, when doing this, I would get really bad foot cramps that would affect my riding after just a few minutes. After finally getting pissed off, at the pain, and my feet falling asleep, I decided to loosen my bindings a bit, for one run. When I first did this, I expected to lose a lot of control down the mountain, and thought it would feel sloppy, and that I would crash a lot. Well, to my surprise, the opposite was true. I could finally make it down the mountain without resting, and since my feet did not hurt, I had more control than before.
Anyway, to all others still learning, it is amazing how something so small can hold you back. After loosening my bindings a bit, my riding progressed more in 3 days than it had over the last couple months, since the season started. I guess I finally got hit with the "duh" stick. Now, I can even tail press a little bit, on the flats, which is something I could not figure out when my bindings straps were cranked so tight.