So it’s officially winter in Florida. Water temperature has fallen below 70°, it is time for winter break. Well it’s at least time to break out the wetsuit. I was thinking, what is my ultimate goal slalom skiing? When I was younger I had fun slalom skiing, trick skiing, bare footing, knee boarding, wake boarding and just generally playing around on the water. Slalom skiing, my PB at the time was 2 at 22 off behind an ‘81 Pro Star.
Still have it. After a 14 year break, it's 2012 and I have the bug to slalom ski again. My goal, just happy to be skiing again. November 2012 bought a 2008 196 with this thing called ZO (it’s some kind of newfangled cruise control). In 2014 tested a bunch of skis (thanks, Performance Surf and Ski) bought a new ski (holy crap they’re triple the price from the last ski I bought). Oh, and set a goal - 28 off. Why? I thought it would be cool to run passes and shorten the rope at each end. I was sure it would take 3 to 5 years if at all. Nope, 2016 and ran my first 28 off - big day for me. Now you think the boat, ski and all the new equipment that has to come along with it would be enough. No, end of 2016 bought a house on a private natural lake.
2017 medical issue set me back, F’n (C) deal with it, ski anyway. Being the sport it is I am struggling to be consistent. Never took a lesson, have ski friends that give me advice. Notice I didn’t say good advice, ha ha! Just kidding, I ski with a great bunch of guys that are on here. So what is my ultimate goal? I am 56, I have no plans to compete (yeah right, I wasn’t going to buy a boat, new ski, new equipment, house on the lake either). Will I get better? Should I just set a goal to run the next shorter loop or just to make my passes cleaner and more consistent? I’m sure a lesson or two would definitely help along with some therapy to help me with my addiction to the sport. What is your ultimate goal? And has the addiction taken over your life?