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3/9/09 3:05 P

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3/8/09 11:43 P

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I am terrified of riding lifts alone.

I am also terrified of falling off when I try to get on, but not as much.

Today when I was on some steep chutes, I found myself giving some positive self talk. Luckily it was windy as all get out and hopefully no one swooshing by could hear me.

However at the end of the day there is nothing more exhilirating or making me feel more alive and have more adrenaline/seratonin than skiing. Don't tell my husband, he thinks other things make me that happy emoticon

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3/8/09 11:36 P

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I am TERRIFIED of heights. I get vertigo, nausea and the whole stomach jammed in the throat thing... I am nervous on the lift and often can't look at really steep runs as they make me too nervous to ski terrain that I KNOW I'm capable of. I'm better off not looking and just going, as the visual can throw me off. Add the sounds of skis on ice and I'm heading for a run that is not as difficult.

The big mountain psych out.

Those who know me wonder why the heck I'm out there to begin with, when I've never been able to climb a ladder and I don't stand near the edge of anything. I can sum it up easily.

Life is really hard. Family, friends, stress, kids, schedules, money, illness, death, etc etc etc. We are all buried under obligations and responsibilities and sometimes laundry.

When I'm on the slopes... I just need to get down the run.

For all worries and stress in life to fade into the sounds of ski meeting snow I just have to go downhill.

One run equals one goal accomplished. I win and succeed each time I reach the base of a trail.

I focus on the task at hand and very little else and it's like life's weight is eased for me.

Sure, you can add the distraction of weather, conditions, attire, hydration, crowds, friends, or getting up to the bar afterward...

but ultimately, the task at hand is enough, at least for me, to offer respite from all the other things that make me feel powerless in this culture we live in.

Simple really. Clear. Direct.

And most importantly...

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3/8/09 9:36 P

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I just wrote today's blog post about this. And then I had another thought... anyone else here have a fear of heights? Does the chair and/or standing at the top of a run ever scare you *that* way? There's definitely a little bit of that going on for me.

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3/8/09 9:23 P

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LOL! Loved the pun! Good for you- we are often inspiring when we don't even realize it- that's the best time.

I took on many new challenges today on my local- just runs I usually don't do. My husband is my biggest motivator- he cheers me on and encourages me to try runs I haven't tried. Today I was in good form and I continued down every run I followed him down without stopping (ok, I went pretty slow on a couple). At the end of the day I took a run down my usuals and they seemed so easy! It's funny what a psych out can do.

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3/8/09 9:00 P

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I often think of this team at the slopes as well. You all motivate me to maintain my integrity and to really enjoy myself.

I say often in this site that everyone should be welcome on the hill and FEEL welcome on the hill... regardless of skill or experience. If you want to be out there, you should feel like you belong there.

I feel that way about others, but sometimes am not as forgiving of myself out there.

This forum is like a reminder to me to live my words... to do rather than speak.

I take on new challenges, enjoy my time on the slopes and just laugh when I nearly wipe out just skating to the start of a run.

It's amazing how some things that you do come back around much later. Yesterday at our local ski area's spring fling an old friend showed up. I haven't seen her since a trip to Utah 2 years ago. (pregnancy can really mess up a ski season)

She came running up and before we could even hug and say "hi" she burst out telling me how much she learned from my example while on that trip. She changed her approach to the sport after seeing how much fun I had, even when I was struggling.

It never occurs to me that I can inspire people with my love for snow. I need to remember that, and all of you that post here should know that the same goes for you.

All of your words here come back to me on the slopes... advice, encouragement, and sometimes just support.

We are all in this together.

We are all going downhill. :)

(sorry, bad puns still crack me up... I have the sense of humor of a 10 year old)

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3/1/09 10:10 P

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Maybe I should explain... I did challenging stuff, and I enjoyed it, *and* I'm glad I challenged myself. I felt "not alone", like I'm not the only person in the world who stands at the top of a hard run and doesn't feel like Lindsey Vonn. (But I'd rather work on my form on the bumps than on working on surviving the trees.) ;-P

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3/1/09 9:57 P

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Sounds crazy Kristine- glad you lived to tell us about it!

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3/1/09 9:30 P

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My mom came up and babysat the kids today so my husband and I could ski without them. So we skied all black and double black today. I skied some challenging stuff today... and at the top of one, where I was totally crapping my pants because I haven't skied something like that in over 20 years, I remembered this thread. I remembered all of you (esp. Sarahsly), and I felt better. I *did* fall a few times, but I had more courage than I think I would have otherwise. I skied the really wicked run 4-5 times. I did a glades run, too (through the trees). That was so not my cup of tea... I can deal with challenging, but challenging plus "I'm going to brain myself/rip my parka off my body/impale myself on a tree" is too much.

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2/18/09 6:54 P

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I hate ice as well. Nothing like falling and sliding down the mountain in an uncontrollable slide.

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SARAHSLY's Photo SARAHSLY Posts: 521
2/16/09 10:40 A

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So many things run through my head on the hill, but I think that the number one thing I fear is a high speed wipe out.

I go fast, but only on terrain I know and runs that are shorter.

Time for me to start learning some new skills of the sports psychology variety.

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2/13/09 11:14 A

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What really psychs me out is when I'm on a challenging run and it's icy. Then I just feel like no matter what I do, no matter how good my form is, I'm going to go SPLAT big time.

The last time I went skiing with my boys, I made a wrong turn and we wound up on a run well above their ability. There were a lot of tears, and I felt like crap.

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2/12/09 10:09 P

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Been there, done that Sarah! We were at Alta last year, and I should have known better with all the signs that read "Experts only past this sign" but Larry was ahead of me and of course had left me with the words, "you can handle this, no problem!" so I followed. Big mistake! I cried and sidestepped about 400 feet of the steepest, most chewed up terrain I've ever seen, with "expert" skiers whooshing by, and I was so out of my league and embarassed by the time I got to a point I could actually ski again, I don't think I spoke to him again till we hit the bottom. I did go back up again, but have learned my lesson, and just politly decline to follow him on terrain I KNOW I can't handle.

So now I think it's fun again...

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RACHELRB's Photo RACHELRB Posts: 1,485
2/10/09 3:40 P

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Oh the chairs, yes they freak me out. Especially when they stop midmountain because it's too windy.

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2/10/09 3:18 P

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We went to Breckenridge last Monday and while the weather at the base was balmy with 9 mph winds, at the top it was a 2 degree wind chill and 40 mph gusts.

I was nervous on the chair and then the first run out of the gate in the mountains that we started down was a blue/black run.

I was freaked and it nearly ended our ski day, not to mention our relationship.



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2/9/09 1:30 P

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I get more spooked on the chairlift than on the slopes. I went snowboarding a few weeks ago and the wind gusts were up to 50 mph. The chair I was on was really swinging back and forth, and everyone that I was sharing the seat with was getting really nervous. I thought I was going to be sick.

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2/9/09 12:52 P

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Does a bear ever.... in the woods?
Especially on a new slope. I will be following my DH (a boarder) and he will make a wrong turn and we end up at a diamond run. One of my instructors taught me how to skate (is that the right term?) down sideways to a spot I am comfortable with. I think it is a matter of not psyching yourself out and taking the mountain 1 turn at a time. If you can traverse, keep thinking from one turn to the next and make your goal the turn end, not the bottom of the slope.

I haven't skied in 3 weekends. 3- it was rainy/snowy/slushy (yuck) 2- I had surgery and couldn't go 1 (this past weekend)- I partied too much the night before and I couldn't get up in time yesterday emoticon I better make it this weekend!

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2/9/09 10:58 A

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Ever get spooked on the slopes?

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