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Tourny or not to Tourny

WishWish Posts: 8,118 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
edited January 2019 in Boat Talk
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. <<<
ReggieO

Comments

  • unksskisunksskis Posts: 494 Solid Baller
    This doesn't apply directly to you, but just a thought. If everyone continues to treat tournaments as an option that will always be, and go as they come and please, they will not sustain. Again, not directed at you, but we should all support tournaments as much as possible if we want them to remain and sustain.
    RichardDoane
  • Stevie BoyStevie Boy Posts: 2,143 ★★★★Quad Panda Award Recipient ★★★★
    edited January 2019
    So most importantly you have to enjoy your skiing, now tournaments are a true measure of where you are at, and drive most people to improve themselves and it doesn,t have to be your technique or score, dealing with tournament nerves, different drivers, different lake, can help you deal with other situations in your personal life.
    Only one person can answer the question you have asked, let us knowwhat you are going to do.

    Addicted To Carbon Fibre

    Horton
  • marknmarkn Posts: 357 Crazy Baller
    Interesting question and dilemma. I was/have been in your situation. Did tournaments almost every week-end for 10 years in central Florida. In addition to skiing, became a senior judge and senior driver to "give back to the sport". In 2012, walked away from tournaments....numerous reasons better left unsaid. Have not done a tournament since.
    Since walking away, I still ski at the same level and ski as much, if not more, than before...still working to improve and love the sport. Lucky that at 62, am healthy, strong and run decent short line @34 mph.
    It has taken me this long to consider doing a tournament again, just to see if I wanted to get back into it. If I did, it would be with a different approach. No driving, no judging and just go to see if I could ski as well as I wanted to ski and enjoy the experience. But being a competitive guy, not sure it would be just for fun! Paid my membership fee last year, but never made a tourney. Paid my fee for 2019 and thinking of trying a tourney or two.
    Yeah, the first year or two, I missed it, but now, really enjoy skiing for the joy of skiing and working on improving without being concerned about tournament preparation. No regrets at this point as I have focused on other activities.
    What ever you decide, doing what feels right for you is your best path. Best of luck to you what ever you decide....and hope your back stays healthy. Maybe I will see you at a tourney this year.
    MDB1056ALPJrWishBruce_Butterfield
  • WishWish Posts: 8,118 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Mark, sounds like you and I need to ski sometime together.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
    ral
  • jcampjcamp Posts: 878 Mega Baller
    If you have to ask people on a forum whether or not you should ski tournaments, I'm guessing tournaments probably just aren't for you.
    lpskierPat MSwerve200RichardDoane
  • WishWish Posts: 8,118 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited January 2019
    @jacamp ...meh not really. Just interested if anyone has or has had the same delema. Seems to me there's a ton of skiers that have walked away that could easily be competitive. I know a few in my small circle and one of my buddies runs a club (for the most part) where lots choose to stay away. What's stopped(ing) them? What's gonna bringm back?

    More of a winter discussion then a personal thing.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
    ReggieO
  • marknmarkn Posts: 357 Crazy Baller
    Wish, when it warms up, that sounds like a great idea.
    Wish
  • WishWish Posts: 8,118 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited January 2019
    Adam, best answer yet and great perspective. Had not thought of anyone lookn up to me... haha. Glad to see this thread continue and hopefully get others perspectives. And thanks for building skis that equate to a fountain of youth without question. Will see how my back shakes out. Keep the thread rolling. I know I'm not the only one.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • RichardDoaneRichardDoane Posts: 4,456 Mega Baller
    edited February 2019
    @wish - glad to hear your back issues are hopefully a thing of the past. Last season was my worst because of knee issues, but surgery & rehab have put those issues behind me.
    I skied less tournaments without adequate practice than ever before in my life. Luckily for me. it's the people and the peripheral stuff related to tournament weekends that keep me coming back. Forgive the "off-topic" question, but what led to your back issues, and more importantly - what have you changed in your routine to keep them away?
    BallOfSpray Pacific Northwest Vice President of Event Management, aka "Zappy"
  • WishWish Posts: 8,118 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited February 2019
    @RichardDoane Couple decades of bulged discs. Was doing really well despite them (physical therapy, life style changes) up until the late summer of 2017. Helped my father build a home wall remodeling. Where u build it on the ground and then lean up into place. Stooping over to slam in framing nails did me in. All was well until a few days later. Just getting up out of the water was the worst when skiing. Pretty bad after that for some time until recently. Got back on a prescription anti inflammatory (dislike using drugs for most things so had not gone that rout), sleep number bed reset to a much diff number then what I was used to, planking, and stationary bike. Skiing without pain for the past few months for the first time. Felt weird actually. Of course now that I'm doing better, I ended up with a week or so of crap weather, another week of the flue and now a downed boat waiting on a part that didn't get shipped when it was supposed to. Grrrrrr...
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
    RichardDoane
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