You know how they say you can't teach an old dog new tricks... well, I'm wondering if they aren't right.
Today, I had my first snowboarding lesson. That was... hmm... interesting. I've got to learn a new set of reflexes. The one's I have developed over 30 some years of skiing don't work on a snowboard.
I'm stiff all over, sore in spots, and wondering if I'm not a bit crazy.
On the other hand, the boots didn't hurt (once I loosened them so they weren't cutting off my circulation)(ski boots have always hurt terribly), the boards are way the heck easier to carry than skis, and it's kind of fun lying around in the snow all day. Falling on a snowboard, though, is a lot worse than falling on skis. I think this is why people either get it quickly, or give up quickly. It hurts too much! Fortunately, it took enough concentration that spending the entire day on the bunny slope was ok.
I'm going out again tomorrow (God and my thigh muscles willing). We'll see if I don't get a little better.
At the very least, they also say that learning something new may help ward off alzheimers. I may never be a great snowboarder, but maybe I won't go senile!