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Old 02-19-2013, 08:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Straight runs and speed

As I noted in a previous thread, I'm new to boarding. Just started in late November. I'm still getting used to speed and have been practicing straight runs a bit. My problems are - when I build up what I think is too much speed I: 1) tend to lean back or "sit in the back seat." (It is almost instinctual for me. It is as if I'm so afraid of the speed that I'm leaning away from it!); 2) get too nervous if I feel I'm going to fast and go into a turn. I'd like to get over that fear. I get especially nervous on steeper terrain.

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Old 02-19-2013, 08:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Find a nice straight easy slope where you are able to build up more speed than you're comfortable with. Go 3/4 of the way down, stop, note your location, and straight-line it the rest of the way. If you're comfortable with that, then next time stop 20 feet higher up the slope. Rinse, repeat. Any time you feel sketchy, do it again a couple of times without starting higher. Keep it up until you desensitize yourself to the speed.
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Stay outta the backseat, and push yourself a little beyond what you're comfortable with. In other words, ride aggressively. Keep your weight forward, and don't fear the speed. It really is just a practice thing. The more you ride, the more comfortable you will get with speed. Also, what Donutz said is good too.
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Staying out of the backseat is very difficult for new riders because it is actually INSTINCTUAL. It is quite normal to move our arguably most important organ (brain) as far away from our direction of travel so that it is the last thing to collide with any obstacle.

I agree with what was said above. You need to find a place where you know your limits are being approached... the envelope if you will... and try to spend more time in that area. Not scary out of control riding, but on the edge of your seat kind of riding. The more time you spend in that zone, the more comfortable you will get. Start by bombing blue runs. If there is no blue run that gives you that pushing the envelope feeling anymore, then take it to blacks. It's just a matter of pushing yourself, responsibly, to get where you want to be. It won't happen overnight, but it will happen.
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Staying out of the backseat is very difficult for new riders because it is actually INSTINCTUAL. It is quite normal to move our arguably most important organ (brain) as far away from our direction of travel so that it is the last thing to collide with any obstacle.

I agree with what was said above. You need to find a place where you know your limits are being approached... the envelope if you will... and try to spend more time in that area. Not scary out of control riding, but on the edge of your seat kind of riding. The more time you spend in that zone, the more comfortable you will get. Start by bombing blue runs. If there is no blue run that gives you that pushing the envelope feeling anymore, then take it to blacks. It's just a matter of pushing yourself, responsibly, to get where you want to be. It won't happen overnight, but it will happen.
+1. Well said.

Somehow you need to push yourself against the envelope to get to the next level. 'Responsibly' is a very good word.
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Quick question, are you flat basing or on an edge?
Getting on an edge really helped with feeling in control/confidence, for me anyway. I find it helps put you in the front seat -compared with flat basing anyway
There is that mental barrier which I believe will help to overcome if you ride with someone who is better than you as it helps to push through your comfort zone.
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Staying out of the backseat is very difficult for new riders because it is actually INSTINCTUAL. It is quite normal to move our arguably most important organ (brain) as far away from our direction of travel so that it is the last thing to collide with any obstacle.

I agree with what was said above. You need to find a place where you know your limits are being approached... the envelope if you will... and try to spend more time in that area. Not scary out of control riding, but on the edge of your seat kind of riding. The more time you spend in that zone, the more comfortable you will get. Start by bombing blue runs. If there is no blue run that gives you that pushing the envelope feeling anymore, then take it to blacks. It's just a matter of pushing yourself, responsibly, to get where you want to be. It won't happen overnight, but it will happen.
Bigmountain, your comments made me feel a lot better. I thought I was being a bit of a wimp because of the fear I was experiencing. I have to admit I'm not ready for the blue runs yet. Today was only my 30th day on a snowboard. So, I'm pretty green.

I am trying steeper slopes and, as suggested by Donutz, starting further down the slope to get used to the speed and then moving higher up the slope to start to become more comfortable with going faster. I guess I just have to be patient and keep putting in the time.
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Quick question, are you flat basing or on an edge?
Getting on an edge really helped with feeling in control/confidence, for me anyway. I find it helps put you in the front seat -compared with flat basing anyway
There is that mental barrier which I believe will help to overcome if you ride with someone who is better than you as it helps to push through your comfort zone.
I am riding slightly on an edge when doing straight runs.
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Old 02-20-2013, 01:49 AM   #10 (permalink)
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This forum has been invaluable to me. Since I'm new to boarding I have lots of questions. And I'm super stoked about the sport. So, the insight I've gathered from this site has been critical. Plus, I've watched a number of Snowolf's vids that have been incredibly helpful.

I'm already seeing some positive changes when I'm boarding. Thanks, everyone!
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