Re: [zachvantonder] 10 to 20 Hours tunnel time in 4 weeks?
I just came back from a 10 day trip in Colorado, and did roughly 7 hours in the Skyventure tunnel. It's very possible to do what you want to do.
Some helpful information: 1. On the days I was there, I did an hour per day, which my coach broke up into short flight times throughout the day. This prevents you from being burned out too fast, and maximizes learning potential. It's not too bad to do an hour of sitflying, if spread out through the day.
2. WEAR UNDER-ARMOR!! Although my muscles weren't too fatigued, the jumpsuit will still rub your skin raw if you do that much time in the tunnel in a day. I got the long sleeve heat gear for sitflying, and all-weather pants for head down. My leg and arm sores are still healing from not doing that initially.
3. If you go to the Colorado tunnel, stay at the Extended StayAmerica. Not very luxurious, but you pay about $60/night, and you are a 3 minute walk from the windtunnel. Also, it's a very upperclass area, with plenty of places to eat nearby, as well as a movie theater. The closest public train station (lightrail) was a 15 minute walk, which kinda sucked, but provided cheap transportation to Denver from Lone Tree since I didn't have a car rental once I started tunnel training.
4. Keep hydrated and bring lotion and chapstick to prevent wind burn. Not essential, but helpful.
5. Invest in coached time and some play time. The coach time is good for learning technique and fixing bad habits, but I think play time is essential to really feeling the air and learning to react without thinking too much. My sitfly really improved because of it.
6. Go to a smaller tunnel. They are very cost efficient if you are just trying to improve your individual flight skills. And once you are good enough, an instructor or two won't mind jumping in to help you with docking practice.
7. Throw in a day of rest every now and then. I did a bunch of consecutive training days, but a rest day to see the sights or to go jumping was helpful when it felt like I reached a plateau in my headdown training.
8. Bring a laptop or portable dvd player. You will get all your sessions burned to a DVD, which is good to watch as you train to see what areas you want to work on the next day.
9. Contact the tunnel ahead of time and let them know you want to do that much time. They will work with you to give you a reasonable price. The Skyventure tunnels are individually owned, so each tunnel does things differently, and may sweeten the deal to get you to come to their tunnel instead of the others.
Although I've only been to ParacleteXP and Skyventure Colorado, I highly recommend the Colorado tunnel. All the staff are very friendly, just say "Hi", and introduce yourself. The instructors were excellent, and I was coached by three different ones, which I find more helpful than sticking with just one, since their various perspectives helped me build a more solid picture of my flying abilities. Their customer service was top notch, and they were willing to work with my time scheduling to make sure I'd get the most benefit out of their tunnel.
Colorado has beautiful summer weather, and there's lots to see and do. White water rafting is an excellent way to have fun and see the scenery at the same time. And the ladies, whew... there are hotties everywhere out there.
If you decide to go with Skyventure Colorado, contact the tunnel and ask for Brad Cole, or Scotty L. and tell them Dexter sent you. They'll definitely take care of you, and I think their prices were actually the lowest for tunnel training.
(This post was edited by soulbabel on Jul 21, 2009, 8:10 AM)
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