Creative Marathon Tapering
I spend a lot of time in Bellevue, WA and on the way to and from SEA-TAC airport I pass the iFly indoor skydiving building. For three years I’ve wanted to try it and tonight’s team building activity was the perfect excuse.
I did a static-line solo skydive in college and although the iFly experience was fun, it doesn’t bear much resemblance to the real thing. The biggest difference of course is that with iFly you miss the thrill of jumping out of a plane. On the other hand, an inexperienced skydiver gets very little free-fall time (less than 10 seconds during my static line jump) whereas our iFly group package included 2 minutes of flying (divided into 2 sessions) for each participant. Two minutes may not sound like a long time, but for a group of first timers it was just right.
After a brief training session we removed our watches and rings and donned a flightsuit, earplugs, goggles and a helmet. I was first into the tunnel where an instructor provides coaching by helping flyers maintain stability by correctly positioning arms and legs.
As you might expect, it’s harder than it looks to maintain stable ‘flight’ much less do the tricks that are shown in the promo videos. But it was great fun and I highly recommend it.