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Old 04-03-2013, 01:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys,

I'm sure this isn't the place for this but I wanted to share my joy!!!

(Moderators, please move if needed!!!)

Ok, so I have been going to my local indoor slope since early Feb and sure, I have improved and had some spills along the way but....

On Monday, I went and spent 2hrs just doing my thing, popping off a few small jumps and generally having a good time....

Then (wanting to get my technique right) I asked about coaching...
Well, they have a scheme on Tuesdays called "Life begins" for over 40's well, I just make that so I thought I'd give it a go....
Turns out that I was the only one on it and so I got a private lesson!!

Here's what we worked on...

Riding Switch,
Front leg steering,
Hops/pops traversing the slope,
Strong edge back-up turns,
Tail press,
Ollies,
Riding bumps,
Flatland spins,
and Frontside 180's....
All in regular and switch....

I did have a few MORE spills but one bigger one the has pulled my left Pec' but that will fix....

Anyway, before yesterday, I hadn't tried any of this and by the end of two hrs, I'm confident I can take it out on a regular session and practice away!
Although, I can't say enough how much having a coach has helped!
Not only to give me more to play with but also shows major weaknesses that I know I need to focus on...
Still, a good friend of mine says that pain is weakness leaving the body... BRING ON THE PAIN!!!

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Old 04-03-2013, 02:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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sounds like a good time!!
thats the great thing about snowboarding, no matter how good you are there is still other skills out there to work on and try to master
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Sounds great. I started when I was 44 years old. This is my second season. It is a lot of fun. "Indoor Slope," where do you live?
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Old 04-03-2013, 05:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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sounds like a good time!!
thats the great thing about snowboarding, no matter how good you are there is still other skills out there to work on and try to master
Please don't think I'm good in anyway, I'm sure there are plenty of folks out there that are born to ride but at the end of the day, if it was that easy for me, I would get bored real quick.

I guess I could plateau but that is a long way off and if it happens, I would be happy just keeping on trying....
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Sounds great. I started when I was 44 years old. This is my second season. It is a lot of fun. "Indoor Slope," where do you live?
Sorry, I guess I should update my profile...
I live in Milton Keynes UK.

I am about 3 miles away from the slope and I spend a lot more time on the lift than going down the slope, it's very icy, dirty and grainy but it's a slope.
Oh, and it's quite expensive compared to a day pass on the real thing but next year, I am planning to go to Austria and get the good stuff!!!
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Oh my!
Last night I had my second coached session for two hrs working on my posture, stance and front leg steering.

I can now look at other people and see exactly what I was doing wrong....
Straight front leg, not doing the right things with my arm and so on...

Anyway, what I wanted to say was this....

After my 2hrs with a coach, I had an extra hr booked so I decided to just let go and have some fun!!!

Playing around with tail presses, flatland spins, small olies and popping of some very, very small jumps and this is where it got funky...

On our slope, we have a jump set up and it's always there, I sit at the top and see the younger guys do some great jumps and wish I could do that... Well my friends, I will not sit on that fence any more! I pulled on my ride and set off down the slope.... Lined up to the ramp and my initial idea was to just ride over it to get a feel for it but no.... I actually took off... For a while.... But it wasn't nice and I landed in the middle of the table at the top and just rode over and down the other side..

On my next run, my coat had seen what I did and was so pumped up at it the she gave me some free advice about setting up for the jump...

So I set off again.. Lined up, checked my speed, at the bottom of the ramp I was down and I went for it, got to the top and released my pop and sucked my legs up spoke with god for a while, landed, checked my speed again and carried on... OMG!!!!

It was so smooth and perfect!!! Or at least it felt like it... Man! I feel so good about it I can't calm down!!!

I'm still gonna work on the basics but when I do have fun, man! I have something awesome and new to play with....
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Just to add...

My next run was my last so I went for it again, thinking I was an awesome air master and I'm sure you can guess what happened.... Yep, my shoulders were wide open on take off and I crashed on the landing and now I have an amazing weeping graze on my hip!!! Lol...

Impact shorts on way!!!!
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Never call "last run".
exactly!!! I have a friend who always does this....I am just like "damn it now I cant try anything cool" So I just cruise or bomb the run.
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Never call "last run".
I have a friend at work who was in Canada and he had had two nasty crashes, both times he said "last run"

The very "last run" he dropped off a shelf and suffered a torsional fracture the made his shin bone look like a spring and he lost half the muscle too....
There's a great video on YouTube...

I won't be saying it from now on!!!!

I think I bailed on the landing because I was still pumped up about nailing it the first time and wasn't concentrating....

Anyway, I'm back on it on Friday.... Wish me luck!!!
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