You know you’re snowboarding late in the season when, on the way up to the slopes, you pass a van with kayaks on top and see people river rafting along the road side. This was the case when I went up yesterday for what is, decidedly, my last day for this season.
I still can’t believe I went snowboarding in June. The conditions were really wet. I rode my longer board (the Burton Custom) and moved my bindings back before I went up. It felt as much like wake boarding as it did snowboarding. Much to my surprise, the runs were actually rather fast – so long as you didn’t hit a puddle. The sloppy slush was chopped up and proved to be very bouncy. I actually had a rather rough time of it.
I wore very little clothing and still managed to break a sweat at times. With just a shirt on, I was rather concerned about falling. I didn’t want to end up wet. In some places, the water flowing under the snow broke through and made little rivers and waterfalls right in the main runs. Temperatures were running somewhere in the 70′s.
I’m looking forward to summer activities. Today, I finally got out my mountain bike. Wow, it kicked my butt. A 30 minute ride in the mountains reminded me just how long it’s been since I’ve ridden. I’m also hoping to do some outdoor rock climbing, kayaking, and backpacking. I’ll probably mention some of these adventures here on the blog. I would also like to post reviews for all of the equipment and resorts I experienced this past season.
As I mentioned, I decided to let yesterday stand as my final day for the season. I fell short of 100 days by a long margin. I’ve already renamed the blog category from “100 Days in 07/08″ to “56 Days in 07/08″. It was surprisingly challenging to get that many days in! I had so much fun this season, I’ve decided that I want to stay in Colorado for at least one more winter.
I want to cover my riding day count one last time. Previous to this season, I rode 36 days. This season, I rode 56. My grand, life long total is 92 days. I’m telling myself to stop counting – we’ll see if I do. I met my base goal of doubling my days. I was 8 days shy of my secondary goal of bringing my grant total to 100. However, I’ll probably cross that line well before the end of 2008. I fell 44 days short of my ultimate goal – 100 days this season. Maybe that’s just the universe’s way of telling me I need to stay around and get the last 44 days in next season!
To be honest, I feel a little bummed I didn’t get my 100 days in. However, the attempt taught me that riding 100 days in a single season is not an easy task. You have to be seriously dedicated. Keep in mind, 100 days is nearly 1/3 of a year – and the season only runs for about 1/2 of the year. I have a lot more respect for professional riders and the amount of work and dedication they put into developing their abilities.
Speaking of developing abilities, I am proud of the progress I’ve made as a rider this season. I hit a wall in my development before moving to Colorado. I feel like I’ve broken through that wall. This season brought me cleaner and bigger jumps. I’m still a bit wobbly, but I can land cleaner and more consistently than ever before. The season also brought me my first rotations. I’ve cleanly landed 180′s both on the ground and off of kickers and jumps. I’ve advanced my ability to ride switch. I still get nervous, but can carve through blue runs riding switch without much trouble. I even started taking my first little kickers while riding switch.
Here to the end of a terrific season, the start of a beautiful summer, and to looking forward to the many seasons yet to come.
44 days left for another season…