Aah, spring. It’s that schizophrenic time of year when you never know how you’ll feel next. One minute you’re anxious like a schoolgirl in love; the next you’re as happy as a clam. And it’s all because the lake is calling your name. The prospect of getting out on the water with your friends, feeling the speed and Gforce of an amazing turn, and the pursuit of a new personal best can make you downright giddy. Or restless. Or manic. It all depends on the day, and what else is on your mind.
After those first few sets back on the water, you’ll be sore to the bone. What to do? Keep it simple and pop some Advil? Where’s that massage therapist’s number you scribbled on scrap paper back in … was it August? Maybe what you need is a good, deep stretch — perhaps a Bikram yoga class. Before you get anywhere with your pain, your mind turns to the slalom course. How many buoys need to be replaced? Is it time to go zip-tie shopping? Should you consider a new slalom course location on the lake? So many questions, and so little time.
And then there’s your equipment. Will a new ski be the answer to a higher buoy count, or will your stick from last season suffice? Should you try that new releasable binding system? You could go on all season like this. Hell, you could get obsessed with adjusting your fin and think of nothing but that for the next five months. So here’s a little tip from one skier to another: When your mind is crowded and the roller coaster of worry and joy seems like a bit too much, drop everything and just ski.
- Todd Ristorcelli