Sunday, January 6, 2008
Reach! I did!
Every once and a while, life becomes stagnant and you need a new challenge. My challenge was learning how to ski in a mono-ski in the experiential mono ski clinic I attended this weekend. While I have been a ski instructor for a few years, it has been a while since I have been in the shoes of a student struggling with a new skill that initially seemed very much out of my reach.
Like you read in my last post, I was really scared about the prospect of sitting in the [mono-ski] bucket, very concerned about my lack of control. Despite my anxiety, this experience was well worth it. I appreciated being pushed a little bit out of my comfort zone because I was able to reach and accomplish much more in the mono-ski then I ever I thought I could. I not only linked turns, but with the help of one of my course conductors Kirsty and my friend Ray, I was brave enough to try more challenging terrain albeit a green circle, and I even engaged my ski on a few steep inclines by carefully leaning into the fault line while attached to the mono-ski.
While I did fall A LOT and I did roll the ski once with me in it, I am not discouraged. I look forward to mono skiing again and I encourage other adaptive instructors to experience the power and grace of the mono-ski. Just be warned, this adaptive sports technology requires a strong upper body, muscles that I pushed to the limit during this event. But the pain my friends, was well worth it!
Check out the animoto I created with some pictures from the clinic.