Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Snowboarding... Check!

It had been 11 years since I've been snowboarding.  My husband and I used to go snowboarding on occasion during a time when we had no other responsibilities (children) and more free time.  Now a days things are busier than ever so 'fun time' has to be scheduled or it will never happen.  Long gone are the days of taking spontaneous trips and having no one else to worry about but yourself.   I was fortunate enough to get away for a trip up north with some friends while my husband took care of things at home.

I must say snowboarding for the first time in 11 years felt different not just because it has been 11 years but also because I weigh so much less.  The last time I went snowboarding my weight was in the 170's - 180's (I'm 5' 2"), and helmets weren't in vogue.  When I first purchased my snowboard many years ago I went by the weight chart and lets just say the board feels much stiffer and harder for me to use now than before (it doesn't turn on a dime like I remember - less responsive).  I think it all has to do with how much weight or lack there of is behind my efforts for turning/using the edges.  I must say it also feels different on a crowded mountain with people whipping by (going too fast) for the amount of people skiing/snowboarding.  I guess the 'mother in me' was talking and I was feeling a bit nervous about how fast people were going for the crowded conditions.  I saw a few people get taken down the mountain due to injuries.  For the most part I was injury free but one thing I learned is that being so much lighter means a lot less padding on the buns!  When I fell on my butt it about took my breath away as there wasn't any cushion there.  Getting up however was a snap as I'm used to being active with yoga, running etc...

Would I entertain going snowboarding again?  Perhaps next winter but most certainly at a different location that's less crowded or mid week.  As for equipment it will be with a smaller snowboard and one that's more responsive.  I'm sure my butt will thank me :-)

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