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Snowboarding [Dec. 29th, 2002|01:39 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick
I went snowboarding for the first time ever today.

The whole time I couldn't get that Happy Gilmore quote out of my head: "Hi, I'm a hockey player but I'm playing golf today."

After many years of skiing (8 or more?), it was weird finally snowboarding.

I'm sore head to toe, but it was educational (at the beginning) and fun (towards the end).

I loved the learning process:

1) try random things.
2) observe: some result in pain, some don't.
3) variate on the things that were least painful.

So many little subtleties to snowboarding.... mostly coordinating back foot movement (steering) with leaning into the hill, so you don't catch an edge and eat ice. (eating powder is acceptable. :P)

The magnitude of the required movements wasn't anything close to what I was initially trying. The back foot is pretty sensitive... little movements usually work, but big, quick movements work as well, as long as you're ready for them with the leaning. The necessary amount of leaning was a lot more than I was trying at first.

It took awhile to get turning into the hill down.... it was a weird feeling going downhill, facing uphill, but pointing out. But once that was down, and turning back and forth between them was down, without biting it, then things got fun....

... but then all my muscles were completely sore, and it was closing time anyway.

I look forward to snowboarding again, but this next weekend I'll be skiing. :-)

[User Picture]From: elfy
2002-12-29 01:49 am (UTC)
I want snow, too. *sigh*
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[User Picture]From: bostonsteamer
2002-12-29 01:54 am (UTC)
sounds like fun...we'll have to ride together some time.
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[User Picture]From: confuseme
2002-12-29 02:03 am (UTC)
Holy crap do I love snowboarding. I live in Austin, so I don't manage to make it out to anything like a snow-covered mountain very often, but it's fast becoming a priority.

So. Much. Fun.

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[User Picture]From: kiad
2002-12-29 03:54 am (UTC)

Maybe I am only thinking this way because I am in Tokyo.. but...

When I read this while skimming my friends page:

I loved the learning process:
1) try random things.
2) observe: some result in pain, some don't.
3) variate on the things that were least painful.

It reminded me of that other pastime: Life.

Brad goes Zen.
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[User Picture]From: jewyl
2002-12-29 06:26 am (UTC)
skiing where?

Skiing is good.
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From: ex_debgirl0
2002-12-29 08:36 am (UTC)
does your butt hurt?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2002-12-29 10:25 am (UTC)



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From: rynfitz
2002-12-29 01:34 pm (UTC)

Brad got too good

It sucked at the end when you got too good and I didn't have anyone to look stupid with. Then when I would catch up you would be ready to go but I would still be tired (and hurting) from falling down the mountain. Maybe I need to try some of that zen stuff next time I go ;)
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[User Picture]From: girl_on_a_stick
2002-12-29 04:06 pm (UTC)
Ha ha! You will be in SO much pain tomorrow :)
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[User Picture]From: brad
2002-12-29 04:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, I am.

I'm walking so slow, like an old person.

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[User Picture]From: righellis
2002-12-30 01:57 pm (UTC)
do you look like Ozzy walking around?
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[User Picture]From: supersat
2002-12-29 04:15 pm (UTC)
I've always wanted to go snowboarding... I've never skied either.
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[User Picture]From: kaceycrane
2002-12-29 10:35 pm (UTC)
Well done, my young Jedi. Soon you will be a 'Master' at the art of snowboarding; then we'll have to tear up the slopes of Mt. Hood together! :)
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