Mammoth Lakes is California’s premier skiing/snowboarding destination. The mountain has the best snow every year.
When it comes to snowboarding, I’m a total newbie and extremely late to the party. I have always wanted to try it out but I never had the opportunity until March 2011. It was my first snowboarding trip, so I asked around if I could borrow some gear. I didn’t want to buy anything until I knew I like the sport. My first trip wasn’t without any life lessons or falls.
On the first day, everyone woke up, got ready, ate breakfast then headed out to the slopes. We got there early and we were able to find parking at the main lodge. However, it was slowly filling up as more seasoned skiers and boarders were making their way to the slopes. I was pretty excited cause I was ready to cross snowboarding off my bucket list. Up the bunny slope I went.
Fortunately, my experience buddy was there to give me, his girlfriend, and my other buddy lessons. It was a fun day filled with falling and looking like a complete idiot. However, it was something new for me and I wanted to get out of my comfort zone. I kept going at it even though I would fall every five feet. It was funny cause I would get laughed at when I fell, but the tables quickly turned when I saw them fall. It was good times.
The falling and laughing lasted until lunch. My buddy’s girlfriend and other buddy stopped laughing an hour before lunch. The falling started to take a toll on them and they griped about it starting to hurt. At that moment, I knew I was somewhat psychotic cause I was having a good time falling on my ass. I don’t know many people who enjoys falling on their face.
During lunch, my buddy’s girlfriend and other buddy quit. They decided to stop and relax in the warm main lodge. I tried to peer pressure them to get back on the slopes but it wasn’t going to happen. I said, “Fuck it. I’ll go up there alone.” However, I didn’t feel any pain or soreness because I’ve gotten my ass kicked so many times in the Muay Thai gym. I think it had a lot to do with my physical conditioning in the gym and mental conditioning throughout my childhood. My mother has always taught me to learn to endure the pain.
We finished the day out. I think I set the record for the most falls in a day at Mammoth Mountain. We headed back to the cabin to have dinner and relaxed. I asked my buddy’s girlfriend why she quit and she said she couldn’t get over the pain. My buddy said he mentally gave up cause it was frustrating to consistently fall then get back up.
My first Mammoth snowboarding trip reminded me of my mother’s words. Learn to endure the pain. However, the lesson I learned was that to succeed at something we must be willing to fall then get back up until we succeed. It’s a bit cliche, but it’s the truth. I’m going to finish this entry with the title.
Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone & Don’t Give Up