|Originally posted by Dark Horse:
Quote from soundtrack: "Thanks for the thrill, dude!"
What's thrilling about watching a person deliberately injuring himself? : Maybe PhysicsMan should start up a new poll on the subject
As Simon says; "not to be rude", but the thrill is not in watching someone deliberately injuring himself - but rather in watching someone deliberately pushing their limits. Tyrone Shoelaces was not out to deliberately hurt himself. I've seen beginners tweak their knee in the lift line - should they not be there? It's all relative. Shoe was pushing his personal limits and it bit him this time. It happens.
Here's Tyrone's post on the subject:
Thanks guys...wow what a perspective...standing at the top of the first drop seemed like an eternity compared to the 20-30 seconds or whatever that it actually was.
gin -- I hear exactly where you're coming from. The stumble at the bottom was indeed part knee tweak and part relief. I kinda just sat there for a few seconds and thought, holy **** did I just ski that? And then I started getting pissed when I began struggling to get my ski off
When I first started skiing KW 2.5 seasons ago, I was hiking across Heart to ski a mellower parallel chute, and decided to look into it to see what all the buzz was about. At the time, I couldn't even stand on top of the thing...I even got a little bit of vertigo and said "No way in hell!" and quickly scrambled back from the edge. Then last year I guess I progressed to the point where I could stand at the top, look into it, and begin to see how someone (but no way in hell ever me) could ski that. Then finally this season started, I looked at it, and could almost see myself in there because I knew I've done countless drops like the first one before, have done a few like the bottom one, and have skied steeper pitches than what linked the two airs...It then just became a question of, can I somehow link it all together? And sometime around mid-season this year, I knew that I could do it, and that I'd try to, if conditions were right. So that's what I set out to do.
I guess what pushed me there, is that a main driver in my skiing is progression. For better or worse, it may even overshadow the simple serenity of simply being on the mountain, which as I've written here from time to time, I still get a lot out of.
My knee did indeed get tweaked. Not from the initial impact, but rather from the second cartwheel when the tip of the ski that didn't release got stuck in the snow and I twisted around it. But do I have any regrets even though I might be injured?? Hell no. None. In fact, I'm super stoked. I've had season ending injuries in the past, and have been totally depressed by them...but for some reason this is different...I'm totally content, and that's a nice place to be at the beginning of a long, hot summer.
Now you guys need to see someone really ski the crap out of that line. There's guys at KW who'll link that run together, make it look smooth, and do it non-stop. Maybe that'll be my next goal.