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Old 03-21-2012, 04:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I know every summer I dream about what I'm going to learn, or try and get out and do and this year was exceptional for me in that department. What did you set out to do? What were your biggest accomplishments?

I'm 34 and I have been riding for 24 years, but I really didnt ride that much from 21-30. The last few years I have really pushed back into it and I've also been getting back into park, hitting boxes and 10-15' jumps etc. Last year I hit my first "big jump" at the end of the season. 25' step down at Louise... I know its not huge but I dont hink anyone thats not pro is going to disagree that once your over 25' its a big jump, especially when your 12' in the air. Anyways, I hit it... but I was a bit freaked. Knowing that I wasn't going ot be able to get to the mountains much this year most of my goals were in the park:

1. hit jumps over 25' with confidence
2. hit a street style rail
3. learn BS & FS boards on a box
4. dial in my 3's and try to get to 5's.
5. dont get hurt
6. get my gf out and linking turns better

Well, the local parks are closing and saturday will be my last day other than at least one more trip to the mountains (Jasper) and I am happy to say, I exceeded every one of my goals.

1. Did a back 1 off a 25" stepdown (the park rats call it a 40' but I'm not stupid, its 25' lol) I was pretty pumped about this, I might do a 3 off it saturday which doesn't scare me, if I can do a 180 I can do a back 3... they are easier I was just saving that celebration for a nother day. My goal was to hit it with confidence, and to spin off it was just that much better.

2. Not only did I hit them, I did BS boards, FS & BS 50/50's and some 180 out.

3. Dialed on the boxes both ways and took to some street rails.

4. BS 3's on lockdown with any grab I want, FS 3's most of the time but only Indy and Melon.

5. havent had anything more than a bruise all year, and maybe a sore wrist but not bad. (I should have wrote this after the season ended lol)

6. shes doing great, skidded turns are becoming nice s turns and carves, but shes still very nervous and a bit stiff. She hit a couple ride on boxes though!

As you can tell I'm pretty pumped about my year even know I wasn't in the mountains much.. and I know I'm not pro and those may not be hard tricks, but at my age the learning comes slow and things seems scarier haha!

Your turn! What did you set out to do? How did it go?
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couple years older than me but I had a similar break called "college" and then "broke after college" from 18 to my mid/late 20's... where, let's just say I did not have my priorities in the right place... Glad to hear you're progressing like that still!!!

I also hit my first streetstyle rails this year including 180 on, i'll go 180 off a flat rail but was not feeling quite good enough to 180 off a down rail yet. i got pretty good at the bs 3's on small side hits and traverses on flat land even, but have an irrational fear of jumps since I wrecked myself on one two seasons ago. I decided to hit a few small jumps switch (first time ever hitting anything switch) and I started doing straighties and grabs again this year towards the end of the season on the 20+ footers again.

I am going to spend time this summer on a tramp & foam pit since I know I am only limiting myself mentally (failure to commit, due to that damned fear). Pretty sure after a few days in the foam pit I will be confident enough, and get that "air awareness". I would like to add backflips and 5's this summer.
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Old 03-21-2012, 04:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Sounds like you had a fun year too! Ya I undestand the whole "not have my priorities in the right place" thing... djing from 18-30 led me down some bad paths.

I wrecked myself a few years ago as well, I was rushing my progression. I am taking it step by step anow and I can tell you this, by the time I take a trick to a 25-30 ft jump there is no question as to whether I will land it, just as to whether I will try it lol. Go for the 180 off the down rail though, its way easier than you think... I mean come on your 180'ing on already! plus whats the worst that could happen your already at the end of the rail.

I dont have access to a trampoline or airbag but I need to work on my air awareness and turning my head, I know I can easily spin 5's and maybe 7's if I can get my head turning better, I tend to keep looking straight, which is fine for 3's but no way I can do beyond that. I over-rotated a front 3 the other day almost right to 540 ass plant... just poppped too hard off a 15', so ya I know they aren't that hard. I decided not to hit any jumps switch this year, just because I wanted to get my regular tricks down this season. I ride switch quite well though so that will be next season, do it all switch

Good luck on your backflips man, thats something I wish I could do but I just dont think it will happen now...
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Cool! Similar age and experience to the OP. I'm 30, started riding when I was 11, skied for 5 years before that. In my mid 20's I only went a couple times a year but have had some form of season pass for the last 5 years or so...

This year I had one goal in mind. Move from Ontario to the Rocky Mountains and not kill myself! So far mission accomplished! I'm hit most of the resorts on my bucket list already, and I'm saving a few for next year (KH, Castle, Revelstoke and Marmot basin).

The girlfriend has gone from beginner to comfortable intermediate. Not much scares her anymore on the hill, even if it means she still heelslides when she gets in over her head.

Biggest letdown this year? My legs! I've rode 27 days this year, you'd think my legs would be in good shape, but I'm consistently feeling like I'm mentally more ready than I am physically. Last year I had been working out 3 times a week before the season started and I was in pretty good shape. This year I started the season cold and figured I'd board my legs back into shape. Note for next year: hit the gym moron!!!

Maybe next year I'll start playing around with spin tricks. I keep telling myself that and then I never bother working on them.

edit: Oh yeah and while I was teaching my GF this year I did a lot of switch riding so I'm pretty comfortable with it now. Next year I'm going to spend a whole day riding switch. Maybe I'll do it this year id I'm bored one day at Nakiska...

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Thats awesome man, at our age its nice to be able to ride with the GF. Glad you got to ride the Rocky Mountains, I bet thats a big step up from ON! I rode Louise a few times this season, Marmot in april. its a fun hill, but nothing to nuts.

I know my biggest letdown this year was not having anyone to ride with. I just don't know anyone that is committed to riding park, or riding period.

I ran stairs for a month pre-season, I would charge a 200 stair set in the river valley... that and hiking jumps got my legs in really good shape. But my overall conditioning could have been better, and my flexibilty really sucks.
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Yeah I hear ya. In my teens and early 20's I rollerbladed everywhere around Toronto. That and mountain biking all the time. Didn't realize it then but I was in really good shape! Now I have to actually set aside time for it. Thinking about doing a lot of hiking, rock climbing, mt biking, etc. this year to keep the legs in shape instead of finding myself in mid october barely able to get off the couch.

As for someone to ride with, my GF is my only riding buddy at the moment, and it helps, but we're two totally different riders. I'll usually do one or two runs a day with her to be social, but otherwise we split up and do our own thing. I'm trying to convince my buddy from Ontario to move out here. He's 28 and started boarding a lot later in life, but I pushed him and he got really quick in a pretty short period of time. I need someone to push me faster through the glades so I'm not stopping a few times on a run at Fernie or Lake Louise.

But yeah, overall this season at these mountains has been nothing short of amazing. It's heaven living this close to this many resorts!
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But yeah, overall this season at these mountains has been nothing short of amazing. It's heaven living this close to this many resorts!
I wish I lived in Calgary... my gf wants to stay here with all our family.
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I wish I lived in Calgary... my gf wants to stay here with all our family.
I guess I'm lucky, my GF wanted to get away from her family in Hamilton!!! lol We moved out this summer and I miss it a little tiny bit, but not much. I also worked in Leduc for a few summers the last few years, and for my taste I prefer Calgary. I know leduc and the airport isn't the proper Edmonton experience, but I just find there's more to do here close by.

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Sounds like you had a fun year too! Ya I undestand the whole "not have my priorities in the right place" thing... djing from 18-30 led me down some bad paths.
Yeah I didn't go down any "bad paths" per se but I definitely made some choices that I would do differently, and my priorities definitely were not in the right place. YOu can't change it, and I don't regret it, but I definitely would be very different if - as the saying goes - I knew then what I know now.

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I dont have access to a trampoline or airbag but I need to work on my air awareness and turning my head, I know I can easily spin 5's and maybe 7's if I can get my head turning better, I tend to keep looking straight, which is fine for 3's but no way I can do beyond that.
It's the awareness and the failure to commit for me> I fail to commit because I'm scared because I got hurt and because I'm not comfortable. HOping the foam pit solves that. I know I can spin. Used to inline a lot back in the '90s and could throw 5's with ease and huck 7's over gaps and stuff. The mechanics on a board are quite a bit different, but I think conceptually it is similar.

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Good luck on your backflips man, thats something I wish I could do but I just dont think it will happen now...
we'll see if I get the balls to take it on snow. pretty sure I will try a few in the foam though I'll get video if I can
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Mt. Brighton - 13
Hawk Island - 6
Mt. Holly - 5
Mt. Bohemia - 3
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Boyne Mountain - 2
Pine Knob - 2
Crystal Mountain - 2
Treetops - 2
Alpine Valley - 2
Caberfae Peaks - 2
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