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Old 12-19-2010, 12:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Went riding today, third day so far this season. I felt completely out of sync, couldn't really get my groove, board felt all weird, my balance was off, even being on the lift felt kinda weird. I mainly just stuck to working on low speed control, and buttered around. Anyone else have a day like that? Did you stick it out or pack it in? I left early, was at my local hill. If I would've been someplace great I would have stuck it out. Still felt like a waste of drive time, and the ride home was long. Anything you guys do to get out of that feeling? Granted Fri. night was my company x-mas party, I was pretty hungover, but that never really affected me before.
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Old 12-19-2010, 12:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Yea I have definetly had a few of those days. I usually just stick it out. This kind of thing usually happens to me when I try to learn a new trick in terrain park and repeadetly fail, so I become dissapointed with myself and as a result my riding outside of the park is affected. Good music is usually an effective cure
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Old 12-19-2010, 12:27 AM   #3 (permalink)
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yeah i know what you mean. i felt like that early on my first day of riding this year. what really got me into it was blaring some music and just cruising down one of the longer runs. i don't know what it was but i felt good after it.
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Old 12-19-2010, 02:07 AM   #4 (permalink)
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this is the first season that i've had a season pass so I no longer feel the need to stick it out through days like that. I usually like to get a bunch of runs in when I do get up on the mtn anyways. but it isn't like in past years when I was always buying lift tickets for the day and felt the need to get every penny's worth in.
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Old 12-19-2010, 02:28 AM   #5 (permalink)
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had a day like that for the last two or three days. i've been riding hard for about 10-12 days on the trot and i got a new board a few days ago. every morning now until lunch my legs are saying to me - i dont want to ride today! it means my riding is shit for a good few hours every day. yesterday that got me really frustrated. but, i stuck it out, adrenaline kicked in and i had a really awesome afternoon! btw, i also spend 50+ days on the mountain so its not like i'm trying to get every penny's worth. its just that i think that most progression comes right at that time when its NOT going for you or it feels difficult, etc.
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I'm glad I'm not the only one. I guess if I would of paid for lift tickets I probably would have stuck it out a little longer. I see what your saying snowolf, I wasn't really getting pissed or frustrated, it more like being nervous, and every run made me more and more sketchy. I wish I could've had a few beers to relax, but really can't because of the drive home, probably not a good idea. Yesterday just wasn't my day, I'm off to the hill to see if it's any better.
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Old 12-19-2010, 10:10 AM   #7 (permalink)
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You may not know how dead on accurate this statement really is....we learn far more from our shitty days of riding than we do from the good ones. It is the shitty days that we actually progress while the good days are where we have fun.
I haven't had a formal education regarding these things but it is what I believe and live by. When I come back to the lodge after a day of shit riding I genuinely feel good because I know my riding is improving and I know it will make me better in the future. I ride according to an inspiring saying from one of Billabong's pros, Wolle Nyvelt. To paraphrase, no matter what the conditions on the day go out there and ride (of course, I do this within a reasonable limit - if I have broken ankle I'm staying in )
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Old 12-20-2010, 03:11 AM   #8 (permalink)
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that was my day today. I chose at the last minute to go out after work this afternoon, but ended up getting frustrated and leaving all but 2 hours into it...it was just one of those days, i was pissed at the guy i'm dating, and anxious about possible running into an old friend later that night which i knew would possibly end up in a fight, and just stressed in general...which normally that doesnt affect my riding, but today was also the first day i took my new board out, which also is a drastic change from the old one i had. it was just a total failure...i dont even think i rode that bad when i went for the first time after 5 years. ugh oh well its just made me more determined to get back out there.
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Old 12-20-2010, 07:39 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I have those days.

I just ride easy that day and try to get my mind off fail. Sometimes I just ride switch for an hour. Then when I do some 180 suddenly it feels so pro.

That makes me smile and then I usually make it work.

Sometimes I just go home or sit in the sun or something.
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I went again Sunday, was a little sketchy for the first run. I stopped, had a cup of coffee and relaxed for a few. The rest of the day went really well after that. I did find that after Sat. being so crappy my edge control on Sun. was much better. Once I relaxed and loosened up it was a good day, I even did a whole run switch, linked 4 surface 360's together, and popped some ollie 180's. Was a fun day
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