So, you decided to give snowboarding a try . . .
If you’re anything like me – then you’ve decided to try snowboarding while playing a videogame (“Coolboarders 3” for PS rocks!). Or maybe you saw a movie or a video that featured snowboarding. Or maybe your friend snowboards, and got you to try it. And as you’re heading for the mountain, you’re already dreaming of doing cool trick in the halfpipe and making crowd go “Holy shizznit!”. After all, it looks easy in a videogame, and your friend already told you what “halfpipe” and “shizznit” mean . . .
you would like to remain in the above-described dreamworld (well, at least
until you put the board on for the first time) – read no more of this
rant! Off you go, hit the
slopes before the snow melted. However,
the result will most likely be very disappointing for you – reality often
bites. The rest of this article
is for people who are slightly more down-to-earth and would like to know
what to expect from their first day on the board, and how to make that first
day somewhat less PAINFUL.
Heh, I’ll bet the word at the end of the last paragraph got your attention! PAINFUL. Yes, snowboarding can be that. If you are terrified of pain, then you probably should stay home and learn crochet. If you’re not – here’s WHY the snowboarding WILL hurt at first.
Sore muscles! After your first day on the snow you will discover a multitude of
muscles you never knew you had. They will make themselves known throughout
your body for approximately two days after your on-the-snow experience.
Falls! You WILL fall. It will take
2-4 days (on the snow) to get your balance sorted out so that you don’t
fall when turning and stopping.
is a WINTER sport.
And here’s for some more good news – there are ways to minimize the pain and suffering of your first day. Here’s how :
Sore muscles! The better physical shape you’re in – the less soreness you will
experience. Also, with every trip your muscles will be more and more used to
the exertion, and will hurt less and less. I’m not talking one trip every
season – I’m talking a trip a week.
Falls! You can get devices to reduce the impact, such as : Wrist guards, knee
guards and padded shorts. All three recommended, but are not necessities if
you think you’re tough enough!
Cold! Proper clothing is the key here. Remember – you’re
spending a day outside –dress warmly. However, don’t overdo it – you
will be engaged in a very physical activity – overdressing will mean
sweating, which will freeze the moment you stop . . .
My personal guideline – dress so that you would not
be comfortable just sitting outside for half an hour, but could tolerate it.
Also – give preference to synthetics over cotton, especially in
undergarments, as cotton tends to collect
and keep moisture, whereas synthetics suck it away from your body.
Outside layer should be at least waterproof, if can’t afford fancy
way to avoid or reduce the discomfort of the first two items on the list is
to take a snowboarding lesson on your first day. The lesson is designed to
prevent you from making at least some
of the mistakes (and in snowboarding every mistake will either hurt or
ache, or both!) and to teach you how to snowboard more efficiently,
thus reducing an undue strain on your body in the future.
Now, why would I go into describing all this pain and suffering? Am I trying to scare you away from snowboarding? Of course I am! And if you were scared by what you just read – I’ll repeat myself – stay home, watch Oprah.
If you’re not scared off at this point – you
are prepared to snowboard. You have a fairly good idea of what to expect
on your first day, and if you give snowboarding a fair chance, it won’t
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