I had a slow start to the season as I needed to wait for the doctor to check my 3 months X-ray of my wrist which had got smashed in 3 places. It turned out better than normal last Thursday and I was given the green light to snowboard, or indeed do any sports to which I felt inclined. I think there were a few reasons why it turned out well; I was wearing a wrist guard when I fell, my surgeon was very good, I got the cast off and started moving it about a week after my operation, I had experience from breaking my other wrist a few years ago so I did a lot of rehabilitation exercises that I learned back then, I took up crochet for a while(!), and I was lucky.
My first day snowboarding this season was at Teine. It snowed much more than usual this December and the conditions were really nice, a lot of off course areas have filled in that would normall be a bit dicey at this point in the year. We got some sunshine at one point so it was an enjoyable day out. As usual, I felt a bit worried that my skills weren't quite where I remembered them being at the end of last season. I rode my new board for the first time (it's a Gnu Ladies Choice) and it was also the first time riding with my boyfriend....actually, I think it's the first time I've ever snowboarded with a bona fide, official boyfriend!
The main risk with snowboarding with a significant other is that they may be significantly more or less skilled than you are and someone could get fed up. My boyfriend is pretty good but he's only been snowboarding about 3 seasons from time to time, whereas I'm on my 5th season in Japan, snowboarding fairly consistently all season, with two previous seasons of on-off snowboarding whenever I could get to the mountains. This represents a skill gap, so we were both a bit worried before we went. However, he grew up with the snow here, he did a lot of skiing when he was younger, so it turned out to be OK from a snowboarding point of view, and we both enjoyed it overall. I was really happy about that. I needed to ease in gently to the season, my fitness being nowhere near where it should be, whereas he has been jogging and mountain-climbing all summer and so was OK physically, and he had a steely determination to do his best. It was the first time he had ever snowboarded outside the course in deep powder so he had a steep learning curve the first couple of runs, especially in learning how to get up once down, and he dealt with it. We were both really exhausted by about 2.30pm, having got first lift in the morning.
I kind of expected him not to want to go again on Sunday because he had originally planned to do something else anyway, but when we got up, it was dumping snow, crazy big flakes and lots of it, and he just said 'Let's go!!' Awesome. We had another great day in Teine.