It's winter (well for some)
So this past season was the first time since 2011 (when ZO from 2010 helped me suck a lot) I did not attend a tournament.
Reason for this past season was my back. While not horrible and I could ski fine, mornings were tough. I did not take a single set before 11:00 when my back was ok enough. To often morning sets were required in most tournaments. So did not sign up.
Surprisingly I only missed the people namely those from Lake38, Jacksonville, Melburne and a few locals. Didn't really miss the Tourny sets. The reality is I could probably ski with these groups without Tourny hastle, cost and nerves. It also helped to be a sometimes crash test dummy for Danali as an incredibly fun and learning distraction (thank U Adams).
On the flip side, tournaments challenge me greatly and I need that, keeps me practicing so I don't suck, assures I see the fine groups of folks and occupies an otherwise weekend of possible honey does.
My back is better. Much better actually. Thank you planking, sleep number bed and anti inflammatories. I've skied as early as 9am without issue.
So now what? To Tourny or not to Tourny.....that's my question
I have a feeling I'm not alone in this type of decision. Who has or is going through this now or has in the past?. What did you do? Why?. What would make u go back if u retired from tournys? Regrets?
>>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<