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Old 03-13-2011, 11:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have been snowboarding since I was in 7th grade (i'm 21 now) and, although I have only been able to go approx 5-10 times per season, I feel as though I should be progressed far past where I have thus far. Every time I ride I try and push myself as hard as I can to progress since I don't get to ride as much as I'd like. I just learned to do 180s this year (managed to land one off a 25 or 30 foot kicker) but still find myself taking huge falls trying to learn basic stuff like 360s off small kickers or side hits. I got a concussion earlier this season after a hard landing off a 30 foot kicker. I see tons of other riders throwing spins off anything like its nothing and I see very few people taking big falls like I do (and I do take huge falls). Its like there are complete noobs and there are great riders and nobody inbetween except me. Anyone else feel this way and if so, how can I progress faster?
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Old 03-13-2011, 11:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Answer: You lack self confidence
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Old 03-13-2011, 11:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i think it's important to just go at your own pace and not concentrate on pushing yourself so hard. i find i ride the best and truly progress when i'm not expecting it. i'll be listening to some beats and just cruising down the hill and really want to try something like a 360 or whatever. then i'll work at it until i get it, and if i get discouraged i'll just stick to what i know for a while and build my confidence back up.
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Ok I thought it over and i'm going to reformat my question a bit.

I want to progress quickly, but every time I push myself a bit outside my comfort zone, I come very close to seriously injuring myself. If I say, OK i'm going to try and throw a FS 360 off this small 10' kicker, I go ahead and try it but I'll either do a 270 and wash out or I'll catch an edge and really bite it hard. Its like there's no inbetween. I'm either just riding the hill, doing the usual boring stuff, or i'm trying to progress and injuring myself. I don't see how its a confidence issue if i'm willing to sacrifice my body for progression

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Old 03-13-2011, 11:30 PM   #5 (permalink)
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get used to it? park progression is a hurtfull process. theres no "quick" way around it. push yourself and learn from mistakes and stop being afraid of injuries.
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Tell my Spleen that you won't get hurt trying to progress. Haven't seen it since February 02.
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Tell my Spleen that you won't get hurt trying to progress. Haven't seen it since February 02.
tell my right eye orbit that. havent seen the missing chunk since may 23rd 2007. instead i get to have an awsome calcium deposits and left over titanium pins. and an extra 150$ everytime i need new glasses.
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Old 03-13-2011, 11:56 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Get a coach. Sure beats the trial and error process.
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Tell my Spleen that you won't get hurt trying to progress. Haven't seen it since February 02.
noted. BTW if you're the author of angrysnowboarder.com I love your blog keep it up

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tell my right eye orbit that. havent seen the missing chunk since may 23rd 2007. instead i get to have an awsome calcium deposits and left over titanium pins. and an extra 150$ everytime i need new glasses.
that sucks ass lol. Hopefully my quest for progression doesn't come to that

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Get a coach. Sure beats the trial and error process.
thinking about it. Now that I'm finally done with college athletics I can put a little more on the line
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Old 03-14-2011, 12:51 AM   #10 (permalink)
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you gotta sack up and go for it. you aren't gonna get good at this thing without hurting the shit outta yourself. all those kids you see shredding it up in the park have all had some serious slams, I guarantee it. gotta slam to get better. if you aren't fallin then you aren't pushing it enough
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