So the Boot Wars continue. Today I rode the Lange Exclusives for the first time in something like four years.
I didn’t die. Nor did I fall down.
But the experience was…definitely annoying. For one thing, it’s blatantly clear that I’ve picked up some bad foot movement habits from the previous boots. The feet want to twist and turn in ways they aren’t supposed to twist and turn. But…the Langes want to throw me into a deeper squat than I find comfortable. I’m not forward enough and I still have wobble. That said, I also got the solid feel of a boot that fits and had to spend a lot of time working on scaling down my control, because I was overcontrolling the ski. It was promising, though, to figure out that the foot part probably will work, because that was the problem before. Now if we can just work on the angles…stopped by the bootfitter and got some heel lifts put in.
Despite the fact that I was working waay too hard, feeling the ol’ thigh burn, and all that good stuff, it was a good ski day. I took some pictures but not a lot. Hood itself was clear but the clouds surrounded everything around the Mountain. There were a couple of moments up on top of the Mile where we spotted Mt. Jefferson, but for the most part, Timberline was a sunny outpost in a sea of clouds.
Damn, I hope I get this boot stuff figured out soon. I’m tired of fighting my equipment. I just want to ski….