Milestone: snowboarding

March 29th, 2011 by Kawika Heftel

I went snowboarding on Saturday, for the first time in probably three years. It took a lot of initiative and determination to set the goal, and then follow through and not let setbacks get in the way. It took planning, sticking to my guns, and dealing with rescheduling. I had many other things that competed for my time that day and in the days leading up to it.

When I went, I found that I am not as young as I used to be and my muscles complained that I have spent the last three years sitting at a desk job instead of using them. I remembered how to carve, how to maneuver, but my aerobic stamina was sadly lacking. My legs complained and felt like they were on fire.

But I did it. I stayed true to myself and did something that I truly felt I needed. I did something for me. Something I enjoy. I didn’t go with anyone, it was just me, the mountain, and all the other people out enjoying nature.

I took some good pictures but am having difficulty uploading them at the moment. Those will come later.

I feel good in my accomplishment. Boy am I sore afterwards. But there is also a smile on my face that outweighs the muscle aches. And even as I complain about the aches and pains, I feel good because I did something. I got out and used my muscles. I accomplished something.

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2 Responses to “Milestone: snowboarding”

  1. Awesome! It has been a few (6) years since I have been too. I really need to just make it happen some time. Thanks for the inspiration. :)

    (It’ll have to wait until next year though. Grrr.)

    --Daniel Larsen, on March 29th, 2011 at 7:31 pm
  2. You can do it, Daniel! It takes effort to make time for the things we really want to do.

    --Kawika Heftel, on March 30th, 2011 at 7:33 am

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