I thought I’d do a quick recap of what I’ve accomplished so far towards my goal of learning to snowboard. Each day, by itself, looks like so little is happening. But, there’s a BIG BUT!!!
But, after putting in ONLY 5 total hours of practice, spread out over JUST 5 days, this is what I’ve drilled into my unconscious so far:
- Getting my boots on and getting them laced up properly
- Putting my forward foot in the bindings and tightening down the ratchets
- Getting up off the ground using “The Frog” technique
- Getting ON the carpet lift
- Riding the carpet lift
- Getting OFF the carpet lift
- Straight glide forward after getting off the carpet lift
- Skating with one foot in the binding
- Stepping with one foot in the binding
- Straight glide down short run, and progressively longer runs
- Heel side J-turns
- Going down longer and steeper slope with more speed with heel side j-turn
- Heel-side sliding and stopping straight down the hill
- Heel-side falling leaf pattern down the hill
- Heel-side sliding and stopping straight down the hill then turning into a straight glide down the slope
- Heel-side falling leaf pattern across and down the hill then turning into a straight glide down the slope
I’m starting to feel a sense of stability and confidence on the board. I’m pleased with how far I’ve come so quickly. But, the thing I’m most impressed with is how little of a thumping I’ve been taking. I watched my daughter, Jess, learn how to snowboard a few year ago – as a local comedian said that year,
“learning to snowboard is like taking a frozen shovel and getting whacked in the a** a couple hundred times.”
That’s certainly how things looked for her. Yet here I had fallen very little, and was progressing consistently, and from what I could tell, at a pace that was outstripping the convention students.
Was I becoming overly confident?? It seemed too easy!
Tomorrow I’m getting aggressive – stop in an see how it goes (see “Testing, Testing RSTP Theory – Snowboarding, PART 6” )