Sadly, too old to coaster marathon
I've been debating for the past month whether or not to post something about this, or just suffer in silence. A month ago I attended the GOCC Fall Fling at Cedar Point, an event I've attended many times in the past. The event itself was great, featuring late night ERT's on both MF and Gate Keeper. The drive up there was uneventful. The weather was gorgeous... well, as good as one can expect for a Halloweekend. Registration was a breeze, and I kicked off the weekend with three early rides on Gatekeeper... a first for me.
As a side note, a serious leg injury about a decade ago pretty much made me an event-only rider, or at least an off-season rider, as I can't stand in line very long. So I've sought out club events when I can get in a good many rides in a short period of time. My last ERT prior to this past month was on RFII three years ago. Prior to that my wife and I had attended the same CP event in '07 and in '09, when we got in our legendary sixteen rides in a solo train on Maverick, and at the previous event we'd had at least that many midnight rides on MF.
Saturday I spent only a few hours in the park, had lunch and left again, and returned only for the midnight Gatekeeper ERT. I think I was only able to stick it out for about six rides, ending with two in the right front seat. Most of the time I had been in the back right, which I think gives the best ride.
This is the first time ever in my life that I've ever felt sick on a roller coaster. When I later told my younger son about this he asked if maybe it was just an off day, but I fear the writing's on the wall on this one. It's been a wonderful couple of decades since I started taking my kids to theme parks back in 1991, with a lot of great memories to look back upon. Oh I still ride, but one ride or maybe two is about it for me now, with more time spent on the bench.
Sad indeed... but it's been a great ride, and we've met a lot of great people too!
When I got into my mid-30's, I started having trouble with motion sickness, but I solved that (maybe it might also work for you) with a prescription patch. But even then I'd get a bad case of indigestion, or just not feel able to go on.
So I totally read you on this. I'm surprised I was able to do a 27 ride marathon on Skyrush (which isn't the easiest coaster to marathon on, if you've ridden it you know what I mean) a couple of Sundays ago. But I took breaks and did it over the course of about 7 hours. But yeah, it sucks to get older and have to quit during an ERT (or not be able to fully take advantage of a walk-on).
One other thing I have noticed over the years is that I stand a much better chance of marathoning if I do it when I'm not tired or having other reasons that would make it harder. I'm more likely to get sick or have other issues if I'm tired, it's really hot, I'm hungry or thirsty. Sadly, if for those who are ACE members, you will either have very early morning ERT or late night, and therefore I seldom ever manage more than maybe 10 or 12 rides on a coaster during ERT.
My mind wants to ride 20 times in a row. My body will tell me if it's not liking the idea. Some days are better than others for me. Definitely depends on the coaster too of course. The vekoma flying coaster at SFA (cant remember name) - once was all i could handle of that, even though i found it enjoyable
The vekoma flying coaster at SFA (cant remember name) - once was all i could handle of that, even though i found it enjoyable
"Crap"- err... Batwing
* This post was modified at 11/12/13 2:31:15 PM *
I often find myself in weird moods at parks and am just the opposite when it comes to events, I really only have a handful of events I've attended over the years, Preferring to visit on normal days but planning around crowds.
I've spent many a day at a park and never was in a *RIDING MOOD* most of the day, Only to become a serious want to ride all I can person about dusk, My last HWN 2011 I went friday night and rode a lot but saturday I had no desire to go to the park at all. Stayed in the campground till 11. ate a free lunch some camperland was holding there and then went to Evansville for a race. The race went from 6-9 and I was feeling good so I came back to the park and rode from 10-midnight. This event even had the return of SWOHMAN Brian Davis who camped with us. Did I mention he got married last year?
I went to KI twice this year, rode Adventure express once and the train and tower. thats the total number of rides I did this year. While my facination with parks still exist, I don't find the desire to have to go that I once did. Some of it's my weight but its been dying for several years now. Banshee looks to be great but hell, i still haven't ridden Diamonback LOL.
Hope you find some interest that you all enjoy and I'll see you at the parks or even a coaster dinner (Which I also don't attend much)
Take care Rob
We're all connected. We bumped into your bro and his wife at one of our son's high school musicals. Almost as amazing as bumping into Jeff-T outside Ripsaw Falls at the "new" IOA twelve years ago, then bumping into Dave Altoff at the same place nearly a decade later and spent the day together. It really is a small world after all.
Now days I have to take pills just to eat, and it seems I can throw my back out just doing laundry. Just last week I cancelled my usenet subscription so no RRC (no one goes there anymore, it's too crowded). I was never one to swap stats, but always assumed that someday we'd visit Hershey park and Knoebels, GrAdv and maybe even the west coast. Now it's not likely to happen.
We are heading back to Florida in a couple weeks. The Disney tickets just arrived today. But more and more I just go to parks, and as you say, may or may not ride anything. The last day KI was open I just went for the Banshee construction tour, chatted with Scott and Carol, ate at the Festhaus and went home. Didn't ride anything.
But I wouldn't trade these memories for anything in the world. You guys watched our kids grow up. Yeah, I don't do the dinners much anymore either. Without events I don't know when we might see each other again. But it's nice to know we are always in each other's thoughts.
There is something to be said about just enjoying a park at a leisurely pace.
but always assumed that someday we'd visit Hershey park and Knoebels, GrAdv . Now it's not likely to happen.
I always hoped you'd make it over this way. I had a great time with you at CP back in '07 and would love to hang with you again sometime. But things change. And if anything changes again, I expect to be around here :)
Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist...
Getting older sucks. We all have our moments where the ride marathons are not agreeable. I'm not able to handle the spinning rides as well as I used to and certain coasters make me ill now if I ride too many times.
There is something to be said about just enjoying a park at a leisurely pace.
And thats exactly how we planned all our trips I've taken over the years. I don't know about others but I got sick of the weekend trips to big parks wanting to ride everything but you want to ride the hits as many times as possible and those involved two hour waits in hot sun and many attractions were never hit or never seen entirely.
I came to love Knoebels, Seabreeze, Kennywood, Adventurland IA. They all had tons to do. not long lines and you hit what you want, when you wanted as many times as you wanted too. HW is like that most days after noon. If you want to power ride, you can, But you can just take it at your pace. Unlike others, i never had kids and I know that brings a whole different aspect into parks. However I have gone to parks with families and girlfriends with kids and it actually was quite enjoyable to see the park from different perspective. Riding Racer at KI with a five year old and grabbing him over the shoulder saying, GET BACK DOWN HERE! That was great! Reminded me why I loved it as a kid.
Thanks for the kind words Rob. Im sure we'll see each other sometime.