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Old 02-17-2012, 06:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How many runs does it take to get your legs under you?

My first few runs down the mountain are super weak. Takes maybe 3 runs im usually at full strength (take that FWIW). I stretch for about 10 minutes before I start. Do you guys find that youre ready to go right off the bat or does it take you some time to get lubed up?
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Old 02-17-2012, 06:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My 1st hour in everything I do is the best. As I get older, I am getting better at hanging in there longer
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Old 02-17-2012, 06:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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How long have you been riding and how often do you go?

For me the first couple of runs of the season are a little sketchy and same is true if I haven't been up in awhile, but other than that, it's all good.
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I am 33 and had one acl knee reconstruction. I consider the first hour to be a warm up, after the first hour I am more mentally alert and my body just seems to love it. If I stop for more than 20 mins for lunch it takes me 40 mins or so to get back into the zone so I usually dont stop.
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First half of the day I'm the best, second half I ride until I start getting sloppy (because that's always when I get injured). If you're in good enough physical shape you shouldn't really need "warm-up" runs to feel fresh (unless it's the first couple days of the season), maybe just a few stretches - but I'm also young

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If I stop for more than 20 mins for lunch it takes me 40 mins or so to get back into the zone so I usually dont stop.
This is big for me too, I prefer to just bring some stuff to eat on the chairlift and ride until I'm tired rather then take a break.
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Old 02-17-2012, 06:43 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm 35, I'm fine first run unless it's the first run of the season then it takes a few runs to find my balance again.... I am usually done at 230 because I'll get sloppy.....
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I usually take it easy the first couple of runs of the day just to get a feel for the snow and figure what I'm in the mood for. I wouldn't say I "can't" push myself right out of the gate, just don't think it's a good idea.

Beginning of the season it takes half a day until I'm comfortable with my balance and turns and stuff, but I do find that I have to take several days to work myself back up to the level I was at, at the end of the previous season.

And I also get sloppy when I start to get tired, but how long that takes depends on the conditions and how hard I'm pushing myself. My biggest problems are (A) back leg giving out on powder days, and (B) front knee getting sore on jump/park days.
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I'm good to go for the day after about the first 100 feet.
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Old 02-17-2012, 06:57 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I ride best fresh out of the box. Even the first day of this season was spent first day at altitude coming from sea level and just ripped down whatever they have open. Of course, skating in the offseason helps.

Definitely start to get sloppy after 3 or 4 hours with no break.
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Usually the first few runs of the season are me getting my balance back & warming up. Usually the 1st run of everyday is a warmup, after that I ride until 1 or 2, break for lunch & hit the slots again until 4 or 5. Gotta make the most of that lift ticket, right?
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