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First Trax Phobias?

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 

OK going to be the bad guy and start a thread to list things you actually DON'T like about the first ski day of your season....

 

What are your pet peeves about your first ski day each season, other than the lines and WROD chaos?

 

The shin burn from losing the hair off your lower legs and sting from shower soap for a day or two afterwards..:hopmad:

 

Not being able to walk the next morning due to quad burn.:hissyfit:

 

Looking at your bank balance afterwards...:eek

 

Big gouge or core shot on your brand new skis when you know you should have waited for better coverage to take them out.

:(

 

 

Anybody else??

post #2 of 25
Thread Starter 

Oh and the ritual of changing wax three times in the two days before heading up because the weather forecast keeps changing hahaha

post #3 of 25

The last two years, I've had big crashes on the first day.  Luckily not hurt either time, but both could have been significant.  Despite my thinking I was aware of the dangers, a combination of poor/icy conditions, over-confidence, and lack of sharpness on my part, led to catching edges followed by big slides -- last year right off the trail, down an embankment, and into trees/vegetation.

 

It's easy to quickly "remember" how to ski, get psyched, and start exceeding some parameters.

post #4 of 25
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post
The shin burn from losing the hair off your lower legs and sting from shower soap for a day or two afterwards..:hopmad:

 

 

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Dude, just shave them before the first day and keep 'em maintained. I've been doing this for years. SOP by now. Huge difference. If you're a cyclist you won't think twice. Does look kinda weird in the gym, but you gotta follow your bliss, right?

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post #5 of 25

The difference, and there always is one, between thinking you've limbered up the leg muscles well enough prior to the start of the season and the realization in no uncertain terms that you had not, in fact, limbered to a well enough degree.  That your pre-season limbering actually fell quite short of well enough. haha. 

 

It's that month off I always take between end of mountain biking season and beginning of ski.  Let the muscles atrophy every time and they are not happy with me on day 1. 

post #6 of 25
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Maybe I should wax my skis once and my legs twice?

post #7 of 25
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Maybe I should wax my skis once and my legs twice?

 

Yeah. After all, what is a razor but a primitive steel scraper?

post #8 of 25

A gentle reminder, in more ways than I care to acknowledge, that I am undeniably one year older.

But maybe, just maybe, one year better.

D1

post #9 of 25
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Originally Posted by tch View Post

The last two years, I've had big crashes on the first day.  Luckily not hurt either time, but both could have been significant.  Despite my thinking I was aware of the dangers, a combination of poor/icy conditions, over-confidence, and lack of sharpness on my part, led to catching edges followed by big slides -- last year right off the trail, down an embankment, and into trees/vegetation.

It's easy to quickly "remember" how to ski, get psyched, and start exceeding some parameters.

Congrats for going again. Husband lost an acl and dislocated his shoulder on opening days and now won't go anymore.
post #10 of 25
Peeves? Just being out of shape. Logistics of getting there and paying will already be done way in advance. This year, though, I will have new boots. Goody.
post #11 of 25

Toward the end of last season my left ski brake started to get caught up in my right pant leg so I was afraid that would start happening again.

post #12 of 25
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Two years ago first day I crashed and re-injured the same rib area that I wrecked last day of the previous season.  I couldn't sleep on one side for almost two months... again. I skied with my torso wrapped most of that season.

post #13 of 25
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Congrats for going again. Husband lost an acl and dislocated his shoulder on opening days and now won't go anymore.

Not an issue with my one-track mindset.  The first question I asked myself as I lay there with my helmet up against a tree assessing my status was: "Can I stand up on and get going again, or is this gonna f*** up my day?"

post #14 of 25
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^^^Same thing I did when I cracked my ribs.. both times hahaha..  As soon as I could breathe again I was good to go.  It was on the ride home that it really started to feel like a real problem.

post #15 of 25

Realizing, once again, that being in shape from mountain biking has no correlation to being in shape for skiing. I’ll be reviewing that sad lesson at Sunday River this coming Thursday, 11/14. The good news is, it doesn’t take too many days out to get back into ski shape.

post #16 of 25
If I have a peeve, it's that as disorganized as I can normally be, it's ten times worse the first few times I ski. But having only started on alpine skis three years ago, 20 years after my last time skiing downhill on skinny skies, my expectations are quite low. In fact, any discomfort, from feet adjusting to the orthopedic challenge of ski boots to sore quads the following day, is pretty pleasurable. Right now I kick myself for my lack of preparation, but once the season starts I forget about it and enjoy the ride from skinny forearms and lazy quads to sport-specific fitness. At least that's how I remember it from here.

As for phobias, either I'm extraordinarily well adjusted, aim low so as to avoid disappointment, or like pain, because everything, from the ache of feet adjusting to the orthopedic challenge of ski boots to sore quads the following day, just reminds me that I'm a ridiculously lucky girl. The rest of my life may be a mess, everything can be going to hell, but I get to go where none of that matters and do what I always, always love. yahoo.gif
post #17 of 25
I start making lists as the time gets closer. I make sure to preload my locker and pick up my pass in advance. Right now top of list is tuning of skis I am not having ground, then need bindings readjusted for the new boots, probably early next week. Then when the right tech arrives at the mountain will get one pair ground. Meanwhile occasionally putting on new boots to sort of prepack them and identify any issues that are arising. The last week before opening, will get my locker sorted out.
post #18 of 25

That I went so long without skiing.

post #19 of 25
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

Not being able to walk the next morning due to quad burn.:hissyfit:

 

My ski trips are usually a half day Thursday on arrival, then full days Friday and Saturday and a few hours Sunday before driving home 6+ hours.  On Monday morning I can barely walk the first few trips, as I am to lazy to exercise these days to get prepared for ski season.:rolleyes

post #20 of 25

So is this the only sport or site where we can complain about our opening day? I REALLY don't get this one at all, not even in 'funn'in'. It's like talking about Christmas and complaining that Santa's fat.

 

cr, I know you ski without power straps. I'm also guessing you're in a boot that is either old and has a lot of forward lean, or you're bending the crap out of them.  Something that is well within your control is wrong. Sorting out your boots and one trip to the gym a week in the off season would take care of your quad burn. Tough love, but I don't know ONE single expert skier that skis without a power strap. There. I'm crabby this morning. Time for coffee before I dig my hole any deeper. 

post #21 of 25
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Originally Posted by Abox View Post
 

Toward the end of last season my left ski brake started to get caught up in my right pant leg so I was afraid that would start happening again.

 

LOL! I went skiing one time and had some bacon stuck between my teeth. I saw Santa once, and boy, was he fat! :)

post #22 of 25
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(snip)   , because everything, from the ache of feet adjusting to the orthopedic challenge of ski boots to sore quads the following day, just reminds me that I'm a ridiculously lucky girl. The rest of my life may be a mess, everything can be going to hell, but I get to go where none of that matters and do what I always, always love. yahoo.gif

 

For the win!

post #23 of 25
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Originally Posted by markojp View Post
Tough love, but I don't know ONE single expert skier that skis without a power strap. There. I'm crabby this morning. Time for coffee before I dig my hole any deeper. 

Current shells are Rossi Cockpit Carves on the stiffest setting with old Nordica Turbo wedges added to the back.  Yep, pretty far forward!   FWIW, I do like the tops cranked down if I'm running gates or skiing REALLY HARD, ICY terrain.  Other than that I'm pretty loosey goosey most of the time.  Guess I just suck :p 


P.S. after the second day my thighs are usually fine.


Edited by crgildart - 11/15/13 at 10:07am
post #24 of 25

Time to drink the upright kool-aid. 

post #25 of 25

My First Trax Phobia isn't on opening day but it is early season when I ducked a rope to go ski the Challenger (steepest run on the mountain). Two years in a row I hit and uncovered the same rock in the left hand meadows on the upper mellower part of the run. Down I went both times, and they were the last times as I don't duck that rope anymore.

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