Or, the confessions of a middle aged hack.
I like to think of myself as an ok waterskier. I have set up all these goals for myself. I have new gear, and a new to me boat. I feel like I am skiing pretty decently outside the course. Improving on some things. But . . .
I get in the course, and I feel, what is the word. . . . I don't want to be too negative so I will say "Humbled." Humbled, I say!
Part of it is that I have had a couple friends who have been into 28 and 38 off respectively say that watching me free ski, I should be able to complete 22, and get into 28 off. I am nowhere near there. I don't even have a decent gate really.
In snow skiing, we say the course does not lie. Guess the same is true on the water. I just am not as good as I think I am, and am not progressing as fast as I thought I could. I was undoubtedly unrealistic.
I made good progress today down at Black Butte. So there is that. I feel like I need a week near a course, with some good eyes on me, and I could make some leaps. But I just don't get that much course time.
Blah, blah, blah. It is a fun thing to do. I love my new gear, and I feel grateful to get out there in good conditions at a great site today. @Luzz
told me what I needed to hear last Flowpoint. Which is, there are steps. Patience is required. And, I did make progress today, and so far this year.
Still making a plan to enter at least the "grassroots" event at Gilbert Lake this September. Gives me something to shoot for. Thanks for letting me vent.