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Join Date: May 2010
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
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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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