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Old 01-22-2013, 04:22 PM   #11 (permalink)
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As far as not doing the windmill, do grabs. They compact your center of mass, and you'll want to be using them anyway.
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Old 01-27-2013, 07:53 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Went up today, another infuriating day of feeling like I'm going backwards.
I watched other ppl on the lift and noticed a few were doing what I did last week on the same jumps. I was landing tail first (new bad habit)

So today I focused on my arms. Ok but not going far/fast enough.
Next run combined trying to tame upper body (remember its not just my arms but whole upper), putting weight forward for more even landing.
Well I made it to a good spot on landing but now something is going on with that. I'm landing flat, but slapping rather than absorbing or stomping the landing.
Next run same but my arms have gone (not just behind or in front as usual but up argh). Not sure if its because I am not used to landing so far down the landing and not so close to the knuckle?

Now I have lots of problems. I try and fix something, other things crop up I don't know why I seem to be taking steps backwards. It's not that difficult is it? I have watched SO many vids and read so much instruction to get it clear in my head before going on the hill. But when i get on the hill...
I'm getting really angry and frustrated and wish I had someone to help me out in person.
I feel so out of touch.

I have been takIng note of my riding on hill in general, my arms are quiet unless I hit unseen/expected bumps. Still not riding nearly as fast as I'd like to though.

The only good news, for some reason my backside 180s off natural features have been coming easy and clean :-)

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Old 01-27-2013, 11:43 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I don't know that the problems you're having are all that unusual. I'm just really getting into jumps, and I've had the "leaning too far back", the "leaning too far forward and windmilling", the "turning to face downhill", knuckling, washouts, rear arm going up over my head, legs trying to stretch down to the snow as soon as I take off, etc etc etc etc etc bleah! I think there are technical issues and psychological issues (fear) and it's hard to separate them. My plan is to simply keep working at it (because jumps are fun) and gradually get comfortable enough and skilled enough that I can start paring out the stupid stuff. Today I mastered compression and extension on the run-up, which paid off huge. But despite any number of attempts, I could not bring my board up for a grab. Reflexes just won't allow it yet.

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Old 01-28-2013, 12:06 AM   #14 (permalink)
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