Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The "Getting Your Ass Kicked" Part of the Program

What Snowboarding is supposed to look like.
I don't aspire to jump off of 50 foot rocks.  I just want to be able to turn pretty.

This winter I decided it was time to get serious about learning to snowboard.
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B.J. Schone said...

I am *SO* bad at turning on a snowboard. Glad I'm not the only one. ;) Kudos for being dedicated / persistent!

Wendy said...

I was informed that the way I currently snowboard is called "falling leaves" and is bad. So my Stand-Up Paddleboard instructor also happens to be Ski Patrol at the ski resort I use. First order of business this winter - more instruction focused on switching edges. He has a contact ... and will be my accountability partner this winter. Yay accountability partners :)

Eric said...

It took me about ten days in one winter on the snowboard a few years ago to get comfortable transitioning edges and connect my turns. The nice thing about falling leaf is that you can use it when you get yourself stuck on a slope that's too hard, but it is much more satisfying to link your turns. Each year, though, I have to go back on the bunny slope to practice linking turns and get comfortable with that moment of transition when you have no edge and are briefly out of control. Letting go in that moment and trusting that you'll be able to get control back is learning to trust yourself. I think there's probably a broader metaphorical point about management and control there.

Re: your follow up post on getting others comfortable with getting the ass kicked, learning to snowboard was a good reminder for me to have compassion for beginners on the slopes. As an expert skier, I was a terror to newbies, flying past them at high speeds. Now that I've had that experience as a beginning snowboarder when I don't have total control, I give them more room and stay out of their way when I'm on skis.

There is something to be said for the willingness to try new things and not just stick to what you're good at. As you say, the decline in "productivity" is part of the process when trying something new. You have to convince people that what's on the other side of that decline is worth it. And also make it visible to them how to get through that decline and make steady progress through the canyon. It's a tricky process to guide.