K: Towards the end of the first day of riding, I started to understand riding better. When energy levels went low, too much squeezing was automatically stopped. I started to listen more to the sled and let it do more of the work under me - the ride definitely improved! I was surprised by the physicality of the sport and how cool it is to ride, especially on a bumpy trail. Sledding stamina only increases by riding, so a couple of shorter runs would help a lot before the first trip of several days.
J: The same thing with Kaitsu: the severity of the sport was surprising, especially when the trails were in demanding condition. I also noticed that it pays off to follow more experienced riders. From the back, you can watch riders ahead and imitate how to go through corners and moguls. It improves and gets your own riding smoother almost automatically.