5 Things You Should Know Befor Skiing For The First Time

5 Things You Should Know Befor Skiing For The First Time

Most importantly, have a positive and optimistic attitude!

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After taking a day of skiing lessons yesterday at Pocono skiing resort, my sisters and I realized that skiing wasn't what we expected it to be. Don't get us wrong, it was still fun skiing but there were a lot of things my sister and I didn't see coming before taking the ski lessons.

1. Skiing boots are uncomfortable to wear

After getting my skiing boots in my proper shoe size, I never expected the boots to be so heavy and tight to wear. Even taking the boots with a bigger shoe size, I still ended up with the same result. When meeting up with the ski instructor, the ski instructor asked us if our boots are comfortable to wear. Of course, my sisters and I exchanged looks and said with an uncertain tone that the boots were fine. The funny thing was, our ski instructor knew right away that we were lying and told us that the boots were meant to be uncomfortable. And sadly, he said this was something we must get used to when skiing.

2. Putting the boots onto the skis can become very frustrating to do

Before you go skiing, you must attach the skis to your boots. All you have to do is align your foot to the binding of the ski and slam your heel onto the ski, so that way the ski gets attached to the heel. Sounds very simple to do, right? I got this on my first try but this had proven to be difficult the next times I did it. The most troublesome thing is aligning your foot straight because if you don't align your foot correctly, the ski won't be attaching to your boot at all. This can get very frustrating because you might lose your mood for skiing after unsuccessful attempts and you might even lose your balance and fall while doing this. If this happens to you, my best advice for you is to stay patient when attaching boots to your skis and keep trying, otherwise, you will ruin your mood for skiing.

3. Skis are very heavy to carry

At first glimpse, the skis look light to carry. But in fact, they are not. When walking towards Bunny hill (where the ski lessons take place) with your uncomfortable boots and the ski poles, the skis are a heavy burden and most of the time, you might be complaining how heavy these skis are. Unlike the ski poles (which are very light to carry), you will be bothered by the heaviness of the skis and you will find yourself very happy after dropping all that heavy weight of the skis onto the snowy ground when you have the chance.

4. Your legs will ache

From what our ski instructor taught us, all the power of skiing came from our knees. We had to assert all our weight in our knees otherwise you won't skiing at all. In other words, you won't move at all. After when the lessons were over, I found that walking back to the rentals is a struggle. Not only do you have to carry all your equipment, but you will have to carry them on weak legs that are sore from the skiing.

5. Falling is fun

I can't believe I'm saying this but falling is actually the fun part of skiing! To be honest, I was very nervous about skiing because I know that I might fall a bunch of times. But I didn't because I only fell once! I fell into the mud on my first attempt of skiing on my own. What is fun about this is seeing other people ending up in the mud right next to you. It just shows that there is nothing to be embarrassed about at all and everyone is struggling as much as you. Although my gloves got dirty, I still wanted to ski. Not to mention, falling is such a relief because you can finally stretch out your legs after all that work on your knees.

But more importantly, have a positive and optimistic attitude! This will ensure the ski instructor that you are enjoying skiing and you are having fun! If you are thinking of taking ski lessons, I hope this is indeed helpful!

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To The Coach Who Ruined The Game For Me

We can't blame you completely, but no one has ever stood up to you before.
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I know you never gave it a second thought, the idea that you're the reason I and many others, never went any farther in our athletic careers.

I know you didn’t sincerely care about our mental health, as long as we were physically healthy and our bodies were working enough to play. It’s obvious your calling wasn’t coaching and you weren’t meant to work with young adults, some who look to you as a parent figure or a confidant.

I also know that if we were to express our concerns about the empty feeling we began to feel when we stepped onto the court, you wouldn’t have taken the conversation seriously because it wasn’t your problem.

I know we can't blame you completely, no one has ever stood up to you before. No one said anything when girls would spend their time in the locker room crying because of something that was said or when half the team considered quitting because it was just too much.

We can't get mad at the obvious favoritism because that’s how sports are played.

Politics plays a huge role and if you want playing time, you have to know who to befriend. We CAN get mad at the obvious mistreatment, the empty threats, the verbal abuse, “it's not what you say, its how you say it.”

We can get mad because a sport that we loved so deeply and had such passion for, was taken away from us single-handedly by an adult who does not care. I know a paycheck meant more to you than our wellbeing, and I know in a few years you probably won’t even remember who we are, but we will always remember.

We will remember how excited we used to get on game days and how passionate we were when we played. How we wanted to continue on with our athletic careers to the next level when playing was actually fun. We will also always remember the sly remarks, the obvious dislike from the one person who was supposed to support and encourage us.

We will always remember the day things began to change and our love for the game started to fade.

I hope that one day, for the sake of the young athletes who still have a passion for what they do, you change.

I hope those same athletes walk into practice excited for the day, to get better and improve, instead of walking in with anxiety and worrying about how much trouble they would get into that day. I hope those athletes play their game and don’t hold back when doing it, instead of playing safe, too afraid to get pulled and benched the rest of the season.

I hope they form an incredible bond with you, the kind of bond they tell their future children about, “That’s the coach who made a difference for me when I was growing up, she’s the reason I continued to play.”

I don’t blame you for everything that happened, we all made choices. I just hope that one day, you realize that what you're doing isn’t working. I hope you realize that before any more athletes get to the point of hating the game they once loved.

To the coach that ruined the game for me, I hope you change.

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The Warriors' Fans May Need To Be Concerned About Stephen Curry

The six-time All-Star point guard's PPG has dipped over the past few games.

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The Golden State Warriors have been the most dominant NBA team over the past five years. They have claimed three NBA championships in the past four seasons and look to pull off a three-peat as they currently hold first place in the Western Conference more than halfway into the 2018-2019 NBA season. Warriors point guard Stephen Curry has been one of the primary reasons for their sustained success and is regarded by many around the NBA as the greatest shooter of all time and one of the best point guards in the league today. However, his points per game (PPG) total has dipped over the last few games. Should this be concerning for Warriors fans?

Curry got off to a hot streak early in the season and has had a few notable games like every season. He scored 51 points in three quarters while tallying 11 three-pointers against the Washington Wizards in the fifth game of the season and has delivered in the clutch with high-scoring games against the Los Angeles Clippers on December 23, 2018 (42 PTS) and Dallas Mavericks on January 13, 2019 (48 PTS).

However, Curry's consistency and point total have slipped over the past few games. He only put up 14 points and had a generally sloppy three-point shooting performance against the Los Angeles Lakers on February 2, and only 19 points four days later against the San Antonio Spurs, who were resting two of their best players, Demar Derozan and Lamarcus Aldridge due to load management. In addition, he only managed 20 points against a hapless Phoenix Suns team who made an expected cakewalk win for Golden State much harder than it should have been.

Perhaps Curry's numbers have dipped because he is still adjusting to having center Demarcus Cousins in the offense, or maybe I am simply exaggerating because Curry's standards are so high. The Warriors have won fifteen of their last sixteen games and are currently in cruise control heading for the top seed in the Western Conference. Perhaps the Warriors will ask more of Curry if the situation gets direr.

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