Today was the fourth Sunday of Women’s College at Afton. Women’s College is instruction for women, by women. Like abilities are grouped and away we go.
I thought I was going to walk in and rock it. Beginner – to me – means never having had any chance to snowboard. Not having gone through Women’s College before and returning….sort of like those kids blowing the curve in calculus by taking calc 1 at university when they completed the course in high school.
I was schooled immediately. And let me tell you – I sucked. However, being the struggling student has its advantages – namely I basically get a three-hour private lesson. And Instructor J is amazing – she’s patient – kind – tolerant – not easily frustrated – and an excellent teacher. She was teamed with Instructor P to help a couple of us along. She too is wonderful.
For whatever reason, I am finally able to put small things together and make it down the hill without a million and a half stops and falls. Evil Fear likes to mess with my brain and I’m learning to stomp the crap out of my Evil Fear and make it take a hike….of a cliff….into the ocean…with riptides. I admitted one of my biggest fears today – smooshing a little one. There are all these tiny people skiing on the hills we are snowboarding on. I weigh 4 or 5 times as much as them and I’m terrified of landing on one. Instructors J and P finally got it through my head they will move. They will get out of my way – or fall down. It’s all good.
We walked out to one area – the Meadows – and worked there. It was all good. Then I got so freaking nervous it was paralyzing. My classmate smacked her head getting off the chair lift. Next we saw someone immediately after they had a terrible fall off the jumps – broken bones and bloody snow. And I saw an ambulance. Remember what those still do to me? Then we saw the Medic People on the snowmobile pulling the gurney behind on the snow.
WTHeck!?! My word – Instructor J is so patient – I talk a lot normally – but when I’m nervous – Holy Hell – I can’t stop talking. At all. Ever. Poor woman. And let me tell you one more thing – I’ve been crazy nervous since the first class. In other words – I haven’t shut my pie hole the entire time! I digress…
Made it through my Evil Fear…..I kept on keeping on. I may have been tired and scared and made a number of mistakes….but I made it to the end of the trek we took from the Meadows back to the Alps. I do okay going down a hill. If I get stuck it takes me a bit to get over my Evil Fear and tell it to shut the front door but eventually I get up and get moving. I even started learning something totally new today that I will practice this week – 360 Flat Turns – I think that’s what they’re called. I’ve got 180 degrees of it down and sometimes a little more before I fall on my face ….. but I’ll get it.
I feel like I’ve accomplished something in a month. I learned to
- get on a chairlift…and get off…without falling down…most of the time…
- how to stand up on a hill…while strapped onto a snowboard…(which is slippery and requires balance to a degree)….
- J turns and garlands….
- S turns…mine sort of look like Z’s – still working on that….
- stopping….my favor thing to know how to do…
I can do this. I will continue to learn and improve. I can do this. I AM doing this.
EJ out – to use my new-found confidence to solve the next problem I find.
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