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post #61 of 124 (permalink) Old 01-15-2013, 05:17 PM
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Yes, I work out 5 days a week, then count snowboarding as day 6. My husband turned our garage into a gym for me. I do a lot of cardio as well as strength training. I have a stationary bike, eliptical, treadmill, weight bench, weights, etc.. I am a lucky girl. I have was doing everything you suggested except the squats....I added those after my first lesson. I also dusted off my mountain bike this week, working on getting in at least some light biking as soon as I get a new bike rack for the car.
Awesome! Then I think it's only a matter of time before snowboarding clicks for you. Every person has to figure it out at their own pace. I just hope you have enough fun to keep you interested until the "click" happens!

With time you can ride terrain like this, and enjoy the view like this! My GF rides this type of stuff now like it's nothing, and that's after only 3 seasons.

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Good luck with everything. If you want some help or someone to ride with for a bit let me know. I'm also in the central coast and I'm looking for a time to go to China Peak. My friend is 30 and she is learning how to snowboard also and is progressing and wants someone to ride with. I also have another friend who is having a hard time getting everything together but is trying to get better. I've been told I'm a pretty good teacher (I seriously don't think I am) but I wouldn't mind hanging around for a little bit and giving pointers if you wouldn't mind. It wouldn't even cost me anything since I got a season pass to mountain high I get free tickets to China Peak.
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Today up on Seymour, there were a couple of young guys, one was teaching the other to snowboard. At this point in the day there were 4 or 5 people on Lodge, cycling through the run and the lift (woohooo!) including me and these two. Anyway, it was obviously the guy's first day. He fell partway down the slope and did the dance where he tries to get up, the board slips downhill, he buttplants, tries to get up...

Anyway, even though his friend was not obeying ANY CASI system that I could see -- pretty sure Snowolf's head would have exploded watching them -- the beginner guy was getting visibly better over the course of the morning. Not going-down-the-blacks good, but he learned to get up, he learned to get off his heel edge, he started doing some basic turns, etc. By the time I left the mountain (they were still at it) he was no longer a source of comedy, and maybe even no longer a danger to himself and everyone around him.

The point is, you DO learn. You DO get better. You may not recognize it because you're too busy rubbing the sore spots, but chances are that the reason you're still falling is because you're now trying to do things that you weren't able to attempt before.


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I cant get up heelside. I have to flip over to front side to get up as well. I think for me part of it is that I still have some weight to lose, I dont yet have the strength to get my weight over the board and get myself up. Is there a reason why I should not be getting up front side and working on getting up heelside? Just curious.
The only reason it was a problem in her case was that she couldn't ride toeside so while she could get up toeside, she would almost always fall while she tried to transition from toeside back to heelside so she could practice her falling leaf. If that isn't an issue for you at this point then it isn't absolutely necessary. Just keep working on it and trying different techniques that may be easier
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On that subject, when the guy was trying to get up heelside on the slope, I yelled down from the lift that he should dig a small trench with his heelside edge then brace the snowboard in the trench when getting up. This helps a lot, not only to keep the snowboard from slipping downhill, but also gets the snowboard a little lower relative to your body, making it easier to get your body over the board.


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If you can run, jump and your not too fat you can snowboard. It's easy but not so easy to the point where your gonna figure it out whether you want to or not. You have to want to learn to snowboard cause you think it's a fun way to exercise. The more you want it the quicker you learn. I desperately wanted to learn fast so I could keep up with my friends. Ended up taking me less than half the day to be linking turns down the steep grooms. Good patient fun attitude is the key...GOOD LUCK and ENJOY, ITS SUPPOSE TO BE FUN
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If you can run, jump and your not too fat you can snowboard. It's easy but not so easy to the point where your gonna figure it out whether you want to or not. You have to want to learn to snowboard cause you think it's a fun way to exercise. The more you want it the quicker you learn. I desperately wanted to learn fast so I could keep up with my friends. Ended up taking me less than half the day to be linking turns down the steep grooms. Good patient fun attitude is the key...GOOD LUCK and ENJOY, ITS SUPPOSE TO BE FUN
I weigh 215, down from 315!! I'm 52 years old, been a smoker for 41 years! I can't run, jumping is too high impact for my bad knees and ankles! I Never skied, started snowboarding at 50 with arthritis, pernicious anemia, ADD, a bad back & a shitty attitude!! And at least three other members of this forum can attest to the fact that I CAN ride! and I'll go from first chair @ 9 am. to last @ 9:30/10 pm without spending any time in the bar!!! WTF do you know???

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I cant get up heelside. I have to flip over to front side to get up as well. I think for me part of it is that I still have some weight to lose, I dont yet have the strength to get my weight over the board and get myself up. Is there a reason why I should not be getting up front side and working on getting up heelside? Just curious.
My girlfriend REFUSES to figure out how to get up on her heelside, and she is fairly fit and lean. She claims she just can't get it. On the other hand, she is totally down to carve down intermediate trails and skid turns down blacks.

Keep trying, don't give up, and the strength and balance will come.
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not sure if anyone has thought about this.. but I had a buddy of mine in the same situation last season. we both started at the same time and I progressed 100% faster than him... he took multiple lessons before he realized riding goofy was what was keeping him from getting the hang of it. try switching stance??
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I weigh 215, down from 315!! I'm 52 years old, been a smoker for 41 years! I can't run, jumping is too high impact for my bad knees and ankles! I Never skied, started snowboarding at 50 with arthritis, pernicious anemia, ADD, a bad back & a shitty attitude!! And at least three other members of this forum can attest to the fact that I CAN ride! and I'll go from first chair @ 9 am. to last @ 9:30/10 pm without spending any time in the bar!!! WTF do you know???

...and snowboarding is the most fun I've had with my clothes on!!! ( It's a close second to anything I've done nekkid!!)


Can't really ad much to what's already been said, just keep at it, it will click sooner or later.

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