So far this season, I’ve learned more in the past few months riding then I have in all the years I’ve rode.
Part of it can be contributed to my sled, some can be contributed to my husband, and the rest of the equation can be attributed to confidence gained during struggles and triumphs. I think for me to be immersed into situations that I am not comfortable, or perhaps not skilled enough to simply breeze through has been an asset. I have worked hard to identify my weak points riding, and challenge them. Having many “practice” times spent going round and round the lake banks side hilling on my not strong side, jumping and playing with throttle control and whipping donuts on my less comfortable side has paid off. This past Sunday, I confronted some tight trees and was the victor this time!! I was so excited as I weaved through and came to a planned stop, (not a tree-well stop). I searched the sticks to see if my husband was watching.. he was... I yelled excitedly, “look honey!!!! I didn’t suck!!” he laughed. I am so thankful that I have many “non sucking” moments out there now, and now see the hurdles as simply that, hurdles, not insurmountable mountains. Have fun on your practice times. I’ll let my husband know that I’m working on my weak points, and to please have patience with me. Practice in non threatening areas, to gain the mechanics of your “special moves”. Pretty soon it’ll become an action you do without thinking. Something you can do when it really counts.
I’m from Kaslo BC. Outdoor Toys have always been a part of my life, as they are with most people out here in the Kootenays. About three years ago I was bitten by the sled bug, and I haven’t looked back. The rush and joy I experience from Jumping, climbing and playing is something that is indescribable. Each outing is something fresh and new.
In September of 2011 I went through knee surgery. I had damaged my mcl and torn my meniscus. A few pins to hold my knee together then I was playing the waiting game. It was a gruelling six weeks of waiting combined with physio. I couldn’t wait to get back riding again. Then it was on. We had a great start to the season until I had an accident. I split my knee cap open on my running board. Yes it was my bad knee. It seems like that is always the way with me. The knee that gets it, is always my weak one. This time it was only three weeks of healing.
I’m back at it again with the help of my supportive amazing husband. He is my cheering squad and my inspiration. He encouraged me to keep going even when I was ready to give up due to injury. He is a kind and patient teacher. My best friend. I’m a wife and a mother, first and foremost, but when I’m out on my ride “Cali” I’m a sled head, and damn proud to be a Female Rider in BC!
Katie is our only child. She is 14 and can be my little tomboy helping me work on things in the garage but also can dress up in a prom dress if you know what I mean. She is in Grade 9 and is in Jazz, Hip Hop and Ballet dance this year. This is the first year we have had two sleds. Every time we go out she impresses me with how quickly she is learning. Since she is so new at this I'm waiting to see if she keeps an interest in sledding or if she will find "boys" and forget all about it. It will be a sad day for me if she gives up sledding all together but I was young once too so understand if it happens. If she can find a balance of both I can see upgrading her sled to more of a mountain sled rather than a trail sled. She is always hesitant and nervous (which is a good thing) yet she surprises me with the things she wants to try. I give her as much guidance and instruction as I can as often as I can but ultimately it is up to her whether she wants to do whatever I am trying to help her with. Navigating over a fallen tree or going down a steep trail for example. More often than not she is a trooper and will try- we have a very strong trust bond. She may doubt herself but she trusts me that I'm telling her she is capable of the task, if you know what I mean.
So far we have only had one scary moment where she misjudged her speed and came in way too hot. She kept control of the sled and rode it out (she never gave up) She slid the sled sideways to a stop and came within 5 feet of a closed gate. The first thing she said is she felt bad. Thought I would be disappointed with her. The dangers of sledding became all to real and at that moment I wanted to load the sleds up and sell them. The "what if" plays in my mind over and over again. The conditions played a factor. It was warm out and the snow was sloppy.We both learned a lesson that day. We really enjoy our time together. The drives out and back we get to spend some one on one time which is really nice. We make each other laugh constantly by goofing off. She brings her I Pod and plugs it into the truck radio and we listen to what ever is on it. Lately its been Johnny Cash! :-)We have a routine where we get some treats for the trip. Cooking Pogo's in our Muffpots during the Sled ride and stopping for some beef jerky on the way home.Although we don't go near avalanche territory we have recently purchased beacons, probes and shovels. We have been to one Avalanche course and will take more. Maybe one day we will get into more advanced areas and when we do we will be prepared.
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