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post #1 of 8
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Was at an amusement park on vacation last week and rode a roller coaster, an old Coney Island Cyclone style wood coaster.

Once when I rode a coaster years ago, I remember really tightening up as the part where you ride up clickitty-clickitty-click, kinda wigged me out. Being all tense, I didn't enjoy that ride as much as I could have.

This time, I had a conversation with my thinking brain and decided that nothing bad could happen so I would totally relaxed. I had lucked out and gotten the first seat in the first car (Wahoo!!!!). I stuck my arms in the air and totally relaxed and went over the first drop, Yeehahhh.

Now, I really enjoyed the ride but I also noticed something. The thing that could have been scary and could have caused me to tighten up wasn't the speed or the Gs, it was the ground dropping away on the steep drops. But, my mind conquered the fear and I had fun.

I'm thinking it would be ski good training for the brain to spend some time riding roller coaster. When going over a drop and ground going away, just stay cool and enjoy. Obviously the coaster and track do the work where as in skiing I do but I think there's something about not losing ones' cool there. Whataya think?

I kinda don't want to spend $ and a day drive out to Six Flags to ride a coaster a few times train my ski brain. But when I do find myself at an amusement park, I do intend to ride as much I have a chance.

Too bad my wife and kid don't do coasters. Wife gets vertigo. Kid's only seven so there's hope. Maybe someday I'll get on Kingda Ka down in NJ.
post #2 of 8
I here attaching yourself to a long rubber band and jumping off bridges is kinda fun too!?!?!

You are right though! That feeling of free falling or acceleration is a primal thing. I often liken skiing to tossing a baby into the air. When you throw the child up into the air they gasp and when you catch them they laugh uncontrollably. This is the same kind of feeling as turning into the fall line then turning across to decelerate is the aaaaaah!
post #3 of 8
I had kind of that same sensation today on a ride on my motorcycle, gut dropping out on accleration. There is a new stretch of pavement that is a over a mile long and straight with no roads/drives etc coming on to it, matter of fact it is straight thru a swamp. I stopped and acclerated up thru the gears shifting at about 9k each gear and could really feel the gut dropping as if going over rollers or big drops. I kept my focus, (I better at 120mph) and was concentrating on the road and my wife who was on her bike way ahead. The feeling started to dissipate and I was in total focus. Then up out of the tuck and start braking. I am pumped to have this drag strip right near my house. I'm sure it won't be long before the state police start cruising it.
post #4 of 8
Got diving boards?
post #5 of 8
The last old fashioned wooden coaster I rode had someone die from falling out of it the ride right after mine finished. The whole point of the thrill of the ride was that relaxing was either the LAST thing you wanted to do or the LAST thing that you did. Of course we rode it with our hands in the air, but we at least hooked our feet to stay in the car. Needless to say, that ride was permanently closed shortly thereafter.

BTW - the last car is the best seat for "training" on those old style coasters. That's because it lets go before the top and you get whipped into free fall without seeing where you're going. I perfer doing both for a "full" experience.

7 is old enough to get hooked on coasters, but start on the steel ones.

FWIW - I think a trampoline would provide more effective "training", but if "ski training" is a good enough excuse to get to ride more coasters then by all means go for it.
post #6 of 8
You have two brains. The primitive lizard brain and the more advanced monkey brain. On roller coasters the advanced monkey brain is screaming...


While the primitive lizard brain is screaming...


I love coasters and beating my lizard brain into proper submission.

It's also why my monkey brain and I love skiing.
post #7 of 8
You know T-Square that could be a new moniker for you?
"Monkey brain"
post #8 of 8
T-square, I teach turns that provide this same sensation,,, and guess what, I nick name them roller coaster turns. Long radius that finish going slightly up the falline. Great for gaining comfort with the falline, experiencing big speed variations, feeling major acceleration, and learning not to fear that acceleration but enjoy it because you have the knowledge and ability to tone it down as much and whenever you choose. The falline is your fun friend training.

Cool that you made the association.
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