First off, I just wanted to say that I’m super excited to have been named one of the USASA’s Riders’ Representatives for this season, and I want to thank everyone out there who voted for me at Nationals!
I just arrived in Steamboat Springs, Colorado yesterday after a 2-day drive from Minnesota. Not much in the way of snow here yet (it was 67 degrees yesterday!), however A-Basin has been open for over a week and we start training there tomorrow. Can’t wait!!
I hope everyone had an awesome summer! Mine was full of some big changes. First off, a month before I came home last Spring my mom told me that we were going to have to sell our house and move somewhere more affordable in order to be able to keep affording to fund my snowboarding career. I was pretty bummed seeing as how I had lived in that house my whole life, but I understood and was of course just so grateful to have that committed and supporting of a mother! Next thing I know, I am driving “home” for the summer to a completely new house in a new neighborhood. Fortunately, it wasn’t too far from where we used to live, and I was able to keep the same job I had the year before and stay in touch with friends.
Another big change was the decision to work with a personal trainer this summer, something I’ve never done before. I worked with him in the gym 2-3 days a week and did all sorts of cardio on non-gym days. He did a fantastic job of kicking my butt everyday, and I don’t think I’ve ever been in better physical condition going into the beginning of a season. Thank you Travis!
It wasn’t all work for me though this summer. At the end of July I went with the rest of the Pac Sun Team to Woodward for a week, which was so much fun! We got to work on our gymnastic and trampoline skills, and play around on roller boards (basically a hybrid of a snowboard and skateboard) on the foam-pit ramp. It took me a few days to get the guts up to try the roller boards for the first time. Being a hardcore racer, it was pretty out of my element and I was really nervous! I’m so glad I did try it though, because it turned out to be a lot of fun, even though I’m positive I looked absolutely ridiculous doing it haha. And, it definitely reminded me that it’s always a good idea to try something new, even if you don’t think you’ll be very good at it!
I also got to go on a sailing trip with my dad on his boat on Lake Superior in August. We anchored off a different island each night and went on some really cool hiking trails. We also checked out some water caves and went cliff jumping into some of the clearest water I’ve ever seen!
Over all, I had a great summer, and am at peace with all the changes. After all, change is supposed to be good right?!
Anyway, I hope everyone is getting really stoked for winter, and I’m sure I’ll be seeing some of you out on the slopes soon!