When Enough is Tough

The words 'I quit,' 'I give up,' or 'I can't' aren't in my vocabulary unless we are talking about math problems, but pushing your limits doesn't always work out in your favor. With a strong following in Cross Fit, Olympic lifting and other similar exercise regimens, there's alot of talk of over use injuries, injuries from improper technique and over lifting. I find myself nervous of injury in my weekly exercise routine, as an injury can be accidental, a freak occasion or over aggression. I personally think it's good to make it hurt a little.  Sure, I mean mentally hurt, grueling pain where you'd rather just lay down, but never pain where your limping out of the gym (unless you have an immediate build up of lactic acid and you instantly get muscle soreness).   Mentally tough athletes need to step back when something starts to hurt, change your movement, modify your movement and if you're still in pain it's time to give your injury a rest.

It takes alot for me to say, I really can't do this because I'm hurting my body.  I don't want to 'give up' and not finish a work out, I don't want to rest, I want to push through the pain!  But do I want to be sitting inside this winter while the snow build up?  Not a chance in hell.  It's very mental to separate quitting from knowing when enough is enough, and honestly saying enough is really tough, but sometimes necessary.


Decision Time

I moved to Jackson because I love the sport of skiing.  Growing up ski racing has allowed me an excellent foundation for skiing, but ski racing was never "my thing" per-say.  I could never manage to be the fastest one down the mountain, and here lies my motivation to compete in freeskiing.  I love to compete, I'm a competitive person by nature and I love to ski.  I think this sport could be for me.

I have been training since May with determination to compete in this years FWT.  I reorganized my work schedule to accommodate 4 nights a week at Mountain Athlete with coach Rob Shaul.  I've motivated, pushed myself and fought through mental and physical exhaustion.  Now working 6 or 7 days a week, saving as much as I can for the winter months and throwing every last bit of energy into work outs at the gym or on the single track mountain biking, with the hopes of being a solid competitor this year. Regardless of results just being a competitor and having fun with it, doing the thing that I love to do-- Ski.

Mountain Sports International (MSI) has announced the first stop of the Freeskiing World Tour this year to take place at Ski Arpa, right in the shadows of the highest peak in the Americas, Cerro Aconcagua.  It's now time to make the decision with the help, support and motivation from my family, friends and motivators (especially my Mountain Athlete cohorts), do I take this opportunity by the horns and go to Chile?  This is the best opportunity for new athletes in the tour to earn points, to qualify and to be able to move past their first competition jitters.

So, do I empty my bank account, take some time off work, pack up my skis and buy the plane ticket to Chile?

To learn more about the FWT or the Ski Arpa event, check out the press release: here.