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Old 11-23-2011, 06:56 PM   #11 (permalink)
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after a few hours I was comfortable on all the trails I normally hit. I tried park early this year but that is still coming back to me, slowly. This is the beginning of my 3rd season.
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Old 11-24-2011, 01:50 PM   #12 (permalink)
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park for sure takes a little while longer to get back into the swing of things. Usually after the first day im pretty much back to where i left off the season before
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Old 11-24-2011, 01:58 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Gotta love muscle memory! You should be good after a few runs!
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Old 11-24-2011, 02:01 PM   #14 (permalink)
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First turns of the winter for me last night, second 'proper' season. Took about 3 runs before things started to feel normal... then my legs got sore

Giving myself a break and taking it easy for first few days. Have spent 6 months working my way back after injury/surgery so things feel slightly different now. Will get it dialed though!

Yup, knock that rust off and ride on the regular
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Old 11-26-2011, 06:12 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Tomorrow will be my first time back on the snowboard after learning last season.

Just wanted to take a poll and find out from all you boarders out there, when you got back on the board for your 2nd year, how long did it take you to get back to where you were when you ended the first year? Or is it like waterskiing or riding a bike, your first time down it all comes back to you? I'm concerned of forgetting all I learned, and at my age that learning curve was a long one!

Anything I should prepare myself for on that first long run down the mountain?

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I would say that it depends what level you were boarding at when the season ended and MORE IMPORTANTLY, where is your confidence going to be when you're riding up the chair lift for your first run. I would say that yes, it's like riding a bike or doing anything else you're into - as long as your confident in your abilities, you'll be pretty much where you were at the end of last season. After not shredding for about 7 years, I've decided to engulf myself in the craze that is shredding once again.
I've already decided in my mind that I'm going to charge down at minimum a black diamond run first time up the lift, culminating with a double black on my next run. I could handle this riding in my sleep when I rode like seven years ago, so why not now! You don't forget how to do something!

It's all about the confidence, especially if you've already ridden the mountain or have boarded some half decent steeps. You decide that you're going to ride how you did when you left off last year and you'll do it!

P.s. Learning curve for snowboarding is a painful experience for most snowboarders, regardless of age :P Cliche of Nike comes to mind here, JUST DO IT!
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Old 11-26-2011, 06:34 PM   #16 (permalink)
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First ride of the season today, and it took me half the time to get all the carving and being comfortable at higher speeds. So as far as I remember i'm nearly back to where i was last time i rode. Except the balance on rails is still really off, like setting up straight for ride on rails and such. But it all takes time.
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Old 11-26-2011, 07:08 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Usually takes me an afternoon to feel like I'm back in it. Best thing to do on your first day back is to go out with no expectations or comparisons of how you rode on your last day last season. Just have fun. Trust your muscle memory. Plus, the snow conditions are different early season vs. late spring, so your riding might just be different because of that.
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Old 11-26-2011, 07:49 PM   #18 (permalink)
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This will be my 23rd season I think and the first run or two each year can still catch me off guard. You should have it back in short order though. Don't worry, just ride!
yes, I have learned a very valuable lest painful lesson first hand.. never hit a big jump on your first run. Same rule applies specially on the very first run of the season, warm up your muscles, get your balance re-oriented, and make damn sure to check your equipment.
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Old 11-26-2011, 07:52 PM   #19 (permalink)
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I had my first night of the season yesterday. I was surprised when my riding didn't go to shit in the off season. I had a couple of runs where i was sure i was riding better than i did last year.

My only problem was that im way out of shape and noticed i was getting tired by the end of my third run. At the end of 4 hours my legs where burning. I crammed the protein in when i got home and woke up feeling pretty good. Wasn't sore, just feeling awesome like a good work out.
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Old 11-26-2011, 09:19 PM   #20 (permalink)
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my main concern early season is not so much that i forgot how to ride, as it is not hurting myself for the rest of the season. i usually take some extra precaution and wait for good soft days before i start pushing my progression again. right now everywhere in CO is like a block of ice with some snow on it, so i'm trying to stick to the basics and just make sure i got all teh easy shit dialed in. if i blow out a knee in march it will be alot better than if i do it in nov!
every day here is a block of ice so be thankful
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