Helen Palmer (nice_cup_of_tea) wrote,
Helen Palmer
nice_cup_of_tea

First Snowboard of the season

We took the day off work yesterday and we went to Flumserberg for a couple of hours. There is so little snow this year. Once you get to the ski resort there's enough cover, but on the way up the mountain, everything is green until the very last climb of the cable car!

My learning objectives yesterday (can you tell I'm a learning specialist!!) were the following:
1. Get my confidence back
2. Decide whether to keep snowboarding

And I achieved both! We had a 2 hour lesson and did the main blue slope three times. It was amazing how quickly I improved. The teacher wasn't brilliant, but gave me a few tips on my stance and weight which really made a big difference. I need to keep my knees turned out and engage my inner thigh muscles in order to put power onto my edges! Each run we got better and quicker. I can now get down the blue slope reasonably quickly and in reasonable style (in any case, quicker that mr.ncot!) Most runs I got down without falling, although on the last run I was getting tired and fell twice. It's not nice falling at speed on a board, because you just cartwheel. Your feet are fixed on the board and the bindings don't release like skis. So your feet and pelvis flip, and then your top half follows. Let's just say that my neck is a bit painful today :-)

I even got better at getting off the chair lift. I have learnt to balance and snowboard off, even though my back foot is free. It was such a good feeling. I'm gettng better at the speed and feeling more confident in just riding it out. I aim to go each week for the next few weeks. I was knackered last night though. We got back late afternoon and I just slept and slept. I felt like I'd been run over by something - and we had only been snowboarding for 2 hours. I ache today :-( I guess it's just a case of letting my body get used to a new activity!
Tags: mr.ncot, snowboarding, winter
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