The Mountains Beckon

My favorite video games are definitely the SSX games. I love “slashing” down mountains doing “über” tricks and speeding by people with my “boost.” It’s all kinds of button-smashing, racing, reflex-using fun. I’m even pretty good at it. Not especially spectacular, but I am keeping up with Mike as we progress through the levels in the newest one (SSX4).

I was playing it last night for a while, as Mike was hung up at work for a long time. I beat the crap out of a four-jump 150,000 point level, and came in second in two event races. I had to give up on a “stay on the snow” challenge, though. I can’t help but fly through the air in this game!

My obsession with this video game, starting with SSX3 a while ago, then traveling back in time to SSX Tricky before going back forwards to SSX4, caused me to say, out loud, something I might learn to regret. “I want to learn how to snow board!”

Mike got very excited when I said that. Mike grew up in Vermont (*cough* Canada), so he went skiing constantly when he was growing up. There are pictures of him around his parents’ house wearing all kinds of ski gear at the ripe old age of like 5. Sometimes, he longingly talks about his skiing ability; I get the vibe that he misses the mountains a lot.

Meanwhile, I have absolutely no experience. I’ve never skied, I’ve never snowboarded, and I’ve never even ice skated. I’m a total winter sports noob. In fact, I’m kind of scared by the whole idea. It’s not the mountain, nor the snow, nor the snowboard, nor the trees… it’s the ski lifts. My fear of heights totally gets the better of me there.

But once I said that magical sentence (“I want to learn how to snow board!” – in case you weren’t paying attention), it was all over for me. Mike keeps saying that I can’t take it back. He’s gotten his sister on board, and we’re going to go get winter gear from the new Dick’s store soon. He’s just so excited by the whole thing! I guess I can’t disappoint him now.

So, the plan is that we’ll go someplace that has a training package. We’ll rent stuff, and not get season passes, in case I hate it. But we’ll do it early enough in the winter so that if I like it, we can keep going. Whoaboy. What have I gotten myself into?

I think about this, and I think about what I looked and felt like last year – before I started on my nutrition and exercise program. There’s pretty much no way. I don’t think I would have had the stamina to last two hours, let alone a whole day. I used to get winded walking up a flight of stairs.

Now, though, I think I can do it. Actually, I’m going to go out on a limb and say I know I can do it. And it’s a good idea! I could use some nice out doors activities to keep myself moving and dropping off fat.

I saw someone the other day that I haven’t seen in nearly a year. He truly couldn’t get over how well I’ve done. We talked about it for quite a while – what I do, what I think is helping me, and my attitude. I know that the change in the way I eat is hugely substantial (eating 5 smaller meals rather than 2-3 food-fests). I know that my cutting down on unnecessary fat is a big deal. I know that relearning how to run jog is essential. I know that the resistance training has built up my metabolism to a huge amount. And I really know that I couldn’t have done any of it without my super awesome trainer. But without the attitude I’ve taken up about the whole thing, I wouldn’t have even met my super awesome trainer. It was like I just woke up from a haze and realized that I must take care of this.

Whoa… what a tangent…

Mountains. Right.

So, now I just have to work up my courage and wait for the snow. Then the mountains will call my name, and bring me to them. And I will gracefully (HAHA!) fall down the mountain with the aid of a plank fastened to my feet. I will be the “shred champ!”

But I won’t try to do standing back flips like I can do in the video game.

That would go poorly.

November 3rd, 2005 • 3:27 pm • dinane • Posted in Health, Life

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