Four Months and six days later…
Breathing deeply, eyes fixed. Honing in on the situation. Assessing.
It was an unchecked, miscalculation that had cost me dearly. I will not make the same mistake twice.
I want to….
Is now the right time? Is this the right jump? Should I be doing this considering how badly it went wrong last time?
These question went through my mind. Andrew, my riding buddy, was unawares of my plans. He was catching up with a friend also stood at the drop in with us.
The jump before me was pretty much the same, if not a little bigger (to the knuckle) as the one at SnowparkNZ that saw me off to the hospital.
I took a deep breath and looked down to the snow, trying to get a better sense of the situation. Was I being cocky going for the Switch Back 5 on my 2nd day riding park? It sounded like I could be, but I was feeling good, not cocky. I had hit the jump a few times already and knew the speed, had spun a few 3’s and stomped them, and a few 5’s off the small jumps…
This is the right time, this is the right jump, this is it…
I was tempted to speed check as I rolled down from the drop in below the hip, but knew the speed was good and moved my thoughts to the spin to come. For a flash of a second, the blink of an eye, I saw the acciendt which broke 6 ribs and my collar bone in 2 places. I erased the thought as quickly as it came into being. There were more important things to think of…. I saw before me all the times I had set the toe edge just right, as I neared the lip I snapped into the backside spin grabbing melon instinctively, after all, that’s where I grab for my SW B 5’s..
BOOM! Stomped it into a small puff of snow! Clean as you like.
I claimed it. I did. I let myself revel in the moment. I cheered, I wooped, I pointed it for the step up jump below…
I LOVE SNOWBOARDING~!
It had taken me four months, six days to spin that trick again. Those months were hard times finically, physically as well as mentally. I had been told it would effect my game. It would be like a ghost forever in my mind. I knew I had to banish that demon.
And four months, six days later I did.