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The season is right around the corner and to be honest I am super stoked, but a little nervous as well. Towards the end of last season I took a few hard slams in the park that put me on the sidelines and I am anxious about returning to my old form. I was wondering if anyone had some advice on how to overcome that 900lb gorilla in the room. You know "the fear" of slamming again. I used to bounce right back but, i think this one got to me head just a little, due to the fact that I'm 37. I am sure once i'm strapped in I will charge right at it... But i guess i want to be prepared if when i strap in my stomach knots up and my brain says no...
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The season is right around the corner and to be honest I am super stoked, but a little nervous as well. Towards the end of last season I took a few hard slams in the park that put me on the sidelines and I am anxious about returning to my old form. I was wondering if anyone had some advice on how to overcome that 900lb gorilla in the room. You know "the fear" of slamming again. I used to bounce right back but, i think this one got to me head just a little, due to the fact that I'm 37. I am sure once i'm strapped in I will charge right at it... But i guess i want to be prepared if when i strap in my stomach knots up and my brain says no...
i find time works best. for example, i'll get stoked and go skateboarding every day for a week and push myself further every day. after five or six days, i invariably end up really hurting myself, most likely on transition of some kind (quarter-pipe or ramp). after that injury i'll get nasty feelings towards my board and skateboarding itself so i just lay off it until i get the urge again to grab my skate and go riding. sometimes it takes as long as a couple of weeks. essentially, when you forget about your nasty crash you are ready to get stoked again or, maybe the level of stokedness overcomes the fear. anyway, since its been a while you will probably feel fine.

anyway, to get my confidence levels up on the day i'm trying something new, i like to ride around on groomers and a bit of off-piste for a good solid few hours to warm up really nicely, to get to that place where you're really feeling and controlling the board. then you have that inner feeling you can do anything and its easier to go for it...

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Gear up. You are 37 and 37 year olds don't bounce.

Try something similar to this . Wear your helmet, get impact shorts and consider knee pads.

There is a reason why adults don't pick up vert/street skating and other such sports... the injuries they entail do more damage.
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Traveler... Yeah man! Thanks for the advice. That is exactly the way I was planning on approaching this season... Starting off simple... Find a nice mellow 25ft hit and do all 4 rotations for my 180's and 360's just to get me dialed in and feeling it again. Then bump it up to the 5's after a week and move on to regular front and back 7's within two weeks or so. Hopefully this season I can find the right speed for my cab 7's and not over shoot the landing every time... Cuz that is where my problem lies... Or maybe I should just hold off doing those until its blower or a nice 50 degree spring day.

Tarzan man... Thanks for the suggestion... Impact shorts are probably as far as I will go... Over my 20 yrs of riding its only my legs and my arse that have sidelined me for any amount of time. Have you noticed any limitations engaging your core and hips when spinning with impact shorts? They seem kind of bulky...
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