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post #61 of 62
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First chance I've had to take them out and play all day. Skied 12 to 10. Athletic ski... it kicked my ass.

Today I decided to see how much of a turn I could get, got going faster than I thought, and got totally crushed. Ski kept on it though and didn't even start to lose it's edge.

I also mistimed a release, and got shot about 3 feet into the air. People thought it looked cool, and that I did it on purpose. roflmao.gif

I have video for the library vault now... that my wife took at 9:30 tonight after my skiing fell apart, so there's going to be a lot of "don't do like that" examples to use.

I'll post them probably around Wednesday.

We will be hitting Cataloochee tomorrow and Tuesday, if anybody is in the area and wants to drop by and say hi, point and laugh, or whatever.
post #62 of 62
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I just wanted to thank everybody that gave me advice and encouragement in this thread.

The encouragement especially. I realize starting racing in my late 40s all but eliminates any chances of me ever being really "good", but showing up week after week against good skiers and being beat by 4, 5, 6 seconds... I had no idea just how soul crushing that was going to be. The "just keep doing it, it will come" posts really helped me keep grinding through it. And I thought a LOT about just finding a cheaper sport to suck at.

Last week I could see a light at the end of the tunnel, but wasn't able to put it together.

Training this week, a lot of stuff finally all started to come together. My group ran:

With the 15 being the fastest time of the night overall.

I ran the 17.2 my second run, with an 18.3 my first run.

I had no idea it would feel so good be behind the fastest time of the night by 2.2, and it was really nice to be able to see what I could have done to close the gap between me and third. It felt good enough I just had to tell you all about it. I'm trying not to tell complete strangers.

Thanks again for all the advice and encouragement. It helped a lot.
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