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Out of Body Experience ?

post #1 of 16
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This past weekend while Mtn Biking I had a brief moment when time seemed to shift/slowdown. I am not sure quite how to explain, very Zen like. No thoughts, just nice sweeping turns. It was GREAT! Anything like this ever happen to you while skiing?
post #2 of 16
I've had similar experiences on bikes and on skis. A moment where it seems like you have all the time in the world to make critical decisions, as well as nothing seems to go wrong. I have not had this "Matrix" experience since I stopped riding as many miles as I used to (I raced MTB's for my college), but I do get this skiing from time to time. Where no matter how fast I am skiing, time seems to have slowed down. I would call this the zone. Of course, I have also had times where it seems like I am hauling ass and barley hanging on!
post #3 of 16
Pretty cool, but drugs are cheaper... and probably safer!

Just kidding obviously, but yes, there are those moments when everything clicks so well that it's almost surreal. I believe it was once referred to as a Rocky Mountain High, but is applicable no matter what mountain range you're playing on.
post #4 of 16
Thread Starter 
Yes JR & Altaskier, it was a surreal "Matrix", moment. Very brief. Very cool.
post #5 of 16
Never happened to me while skiing,but plenty of times when I was surfing. It's a great feeling and what I've found is that your so focused that it burns that short brief moment deep in your memory I can still see and almost feel waves that I surfed more then 20 years ago. Can't wait untill i have one of those moments skiing.
post #6 of 16
Ah the moment.

I too have had this experience primarily when surfing. I think the fact that a wave is also moving plays a big part. The sound of the wave, the moving water & spray, the mottled rocks below the surface. Ask any surfer who has had a few deep tube rides and they will just smile a funny smile and nod knowingly.

With skiing for me it has primarily been backcountry and skiing steep or tree terrain, every turn clicks and you feel like the mountain is flowing right alongside.

Had the same experience driving up the Guthega road as well, the car finding its own line, gear changes in sync and the snow banks and "space voids" willing the car along.

No wonder I struggle working in an office .....

Oz [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #7 of 16
[img]smile.gif[/img] Z, you're just a NatureBoy! That's a compliment, BTW...

Kima- I get those a lot. (Once during a horrific car accident that totalled my car.)

That happened while night skiing once. I went to a run adjacent to the one that was lit. This was at Silver Mountain in Idaho, and while I could see well enough, it wasn't like day skiing. It was so surreal I thought my skis weren't even on the snow. There was a full moon out, and for a brief moment, I felt I was part of the mountain. No one else was there, there was no wind, it was breathtaking, and one of the best runs I ever had.

In retrospect, it was probably stupid. But I had skied that run several times before it got dark, and knew the terrain pretty well.

I went back to do it again, but the moment had passed and I couldn't duplicate that feeling.
Kind of like that first kiss. You just can't do it twice....
post #8 of 16
Don't get me started...
post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by Bonni:

Kima- I get those a lot. (Once during a horrific car accident that totalled my car.)

That happened while night skiing once. I went to a run adjacent to the one that was lit. This was at Silver Mountain in Idaho, and while I could see well enough, it wasn't like day skiing. It was so surreal I thought my skis weren't even on the snow. There was a full moon out, and for a brief moment, I felt I was part of the mountain. No one else was there, there was no wind, it was breathtaking, and one of the best runs I ever had.

In retrospect, it was probably stupid. But I had skied that run several times before it got dark, and knew the terrain pretty well.

I went back to do it again, but the moment had passed and I couldn't duplicate that feeling.
Kind of like that first kiss. You just can't do it twice....
Car accident, yeah those are the BAD moments. Had one of those recently too! That awful looong second right before impact.

The night skiing one, those are the GOOD moments
post #10 of 16
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by man from oz:
Ah the moment.

With skiing for me it has primarily been backcountry and skiing steep or tree terrain, every turn clicks and you feel like the mountain is flowing right alongside.

Nice image OZ.
post #11 of 16
Hi guys! how's summer?
I've had those magic moments skiing; usually once or twice a season, powder day, Alta; everything clicks and the turns flow unconciously like breath.

Now as for surfing, as a total kook I went surfing in an actual hurricane {not just a hurricane swell} got caught inside- there really was no outside, lost my board and met god. We had a long chat and they were very nice.
post #12 of 16
Yess, what Nolo calls the Zone (see related thread in ski instruction)...
Very nice feeling, make you want for more...
It happened a lot, in the past...maybe to be related to the fact that I was skiing a lot more than now.
But it still happened.
As I wrote somewhere, already, this winter I experienced something of that sort while skiing bumps (well very small bumps), suddenly the time slowed down and I could see a clear, flat path between the bumps.
Another time I remmeber has been years ago. I waited till the lift were closed, and the Alpini (mountain soldiers, can be found acting as patrollers at some resorts) had closed the run.
it was a red run, nothing difficult, but I started and approached it as a downhill run, skiing straight as much as possible, turning only when the run was turning, upon reaching the final schuss, I hit a little bump and took off.
The time stopped althogether, and I had the scariest out of the body experience of my life (even worse than the one I had breaking my vertebra in a motorbike accident).
post #13 of 16
Yes it is an epic skiing moment when it happens. when you can feel every single granule of snow under your feet, and you truly know you are dominating.
post #14 of 16
Kima,
those are truely the coolest experiances. I've had them doing a couple of sports riding the bike is the most prevelant when your doing things almost subliminal, not really thinking about it and it seems as if everything slows down and you can see clearly your next move and make it unconsiously. The coolest experiance I ever had was running a half marathon about a year back when I really can't remember much of mile 10 on. I was almost in a trance for the last few miles of the race. Can't really explain it but the pain sort of moved out and it seemed as if I was meditating. Being a runner you catch those types of feelings on long training runs but they are typically short, This lasted a while. Anyone else catch that running?
post #15 of 16
Some good sticky green will do that to you.
post #16 of 16
I remember a while back practicing for a mountain bike downhill. It was a set of double jumps that I didn't like and tried to hit it harder to pass over the second jump. I hit the first one and got completely crossed over. As I was flying throught the air heading for the cabbage time stopped. I was heading for the largest wreck of my life and all I could think of was, "S**t, this is going to hurt." It seemed that I was hanging in the air forever looking around seeing everything around me, smells etc., and then I hit the ground and the tape went into fast play. But for those few seconds time stopped.
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