Originally Posted by annette
First day back was nothing different from the last time i skied. I've never really experienced having a tough first day back. Not to sound rude or anything, but is it seriously that common? Why? Did you forget how to turn? Get weaker? Or is it something that happens when you get older?
I think it's different for different people. And it comes down to a few factors...
Athleticism: some people are natural athletes. Others aren't. I fall into the latter category and have been lucky enough to somehow excel in skiing. But when I spend time off the hill, it takes a while for the muscles to remember how to perform. I can envision what I want to do--I just can't execute properly. Usually a clinic day helps loads. (eg today was an instructor training day at WB and I'm back to about 80% from 50%.)
Off-season activity: It sounds like folks who were inactive like me (whether due to couch potato-itis, injury, or other) had a harder first day back. If your muscles were strong in the ski season then weak in the off season, all that nice one foot skiing/dolphin turns/thousand steps you were doing before suddenly become hard/impossible.
Mental: There's a principle of psychology called regression where you tend to lose a bit of skill/behaviour change during periods of inactivity. I think it applies here too. And if you feel pressure to actually perform well, if that's important to you, you may end up skiing worse because of it.
I suspect ability and experience are factors too.
Age could be a factor as well, but as I just turned 30, I'd like to think I'm not too far past my prime.
Anyway, day two was miles better! So for anyone less than thrilled with their first day back--don't worry--everything will come back :)