Its all in the head, or is it?
It was my turn to bring Morgane to the hill on Sunday. Yesterday my daughter and wife brought her without me due to my scheduled visit at the Hospital. In the seasons when Morgane was in a ski program, ski racing or school when she was younger, I have always had been the one to bring her to the hill, regardless how I felt. Recently I’ve skipped two days in the last few weeks.
This was my first weekend visit at Edelweiss since early January when hill was still missing two notable runs. For once, we arrived ahead of time at the hill. Kids were training GS on the steep Strief, Zoomer was wide open. First run on Zoomer then on Strief. Conditions were a great groomed carpet, however I was terribly uneasy. I felt stressed, scared, panic and shortness of breath…not good. I could ski all right, but my body was responding in a weird fashion. You know it’s not good when MadPat is scared of skiing. Similar to my start of the season in December 2001.
The question is, is it physical or psychological? I took a few deep breaths and relaxed – I felt better after a few runs under my skis.
I looked at the kids dropping in on Strief, it was really impressive. Besides the small ‘squeak’ my daughter was letting out dropping in, she was nailing it. The coach was working on the ‘line’. With a -15c in the morning, it was fairly cold and Morgane feet were frozen, but skied anyways. Most of the under kids in the other categories were racing at other hills. I skied 9 runs before heading it. Morgane and her teammate got to watch a video of them at the last race at Ste-Marie.
Coach wanted the kids to head into the snowpark, ex-Yodeler now named Rockstar Snwprk in the afternoon to do some jumps. No rails or boxes with race skis. You can only ski in the Park with a Parkpass which costs $10 and you have to sign a waiver. Funny, my daughter was scared of the jumps, but has no issues with charging and dropping in the steep Strief pitch in a GS course.
As the day passed, conditions iced up in the pitches and lineups at the quad were longer. 4 runs in the afternoon and I called it a day. Happy to be out and I felt more relaxed at the day went on.