When nothing goes well...
How do you get it together mentally when things take a turn for the worst?
Conditions at Stevens were really awesome today but I just couldn't get it together. On my first run, started with a bad jump off a small cliff on the Hogsback lift line, and then I got stuck in a tree well on the same run near the bottom. Neck deep pow in a well that had me fighting for 15 minutes and sucking out my energy. I was demoralized.
Went to Skyline to take a quick lap and they opened 7th Heaven right after I started down...Was bummed I missed the first chair since those runs are my absolute favorite on the mountain. Tried an ollie with a grab off a big sidehit and slammed hard when I misjudged my speed.
Hearing the buzz at the bottom, I hustle back up to the chair and then biff it again off the damn unload due to getting clipped by an inexperienced rider making an aggressive toeside turn out of this binding and washing into my deck. I wasn't expecting it and ended up falling pretty hard and cursed my lack of attention. I think it could have been prevented but I wasn't focused and hoping my luck would change. The run I did get was pretty good but I was all over the place and didn't feel solid.
Think my board needed a tune as edges were struggling to hold on the really bare tracks and fell enough to want to sleep in the barn for being such a donkey.
Nothing went well today and it really impacted my form / confidence. I felt sluggish, lazy, and undisciplined.
I settled for taking a few laps on the green to work on butters and switch with my girlfriend who is a beginner in every sense of the word. That was ok but all I could think about was the beginning of the day and my inability to react in several situations. It's like my mind was stuck on all the bad instead of letting it go.
I know that bad days are inevitable the more you ride, but what do you guys do when things start getting bad? Grab a beer? Go to your favorite run and work it? Practice tricks you are trying to dial in and stay off the steeps?
Last edited by yojik; 11-25-2011 at 08:16 PM.