Originally Posted by Tyrone Shoelaces
"An obstacle that you had to overcome" hits home with me. Defining moments used to be all about overcoming obstacles for me....turning negative energy into positive forward motion in skiing, and in some aspects, life as well. (this is probably gonna be long...but screw it, I'm sitting in a hotel room late at night in a foreign city and can't sleep...what else am I gonna do).
<snip>lots of great stuff</snip>
If any of you have taken the time to read this entire thing, which I guess has now morphed into more of a blog post, I hope you notice one theme in all of this. That I was never competing with or comparing myself to anyone else during any of these moments. It was all an internal struggle and a competition within myself. So that whole 1% thing? The only 1% that mattered to me was the 1% of myself that said, "wait, yeah I think I can ski that", when the other 99% of me was screaming out, "hell no, don't go down there that shit is nuts". Because that's when then the competition begins within oneself to convert that negative energy into positive...and then you go, and then you learn, and then you overcome.
Thank you for taking the time to write all of that.
I did read the whole thing and it was a great read.
The end paragraph about how you're mostly concerned with conquering(my word not yours) the 1% of you that you struggle with really hits home with me.
My own head games are my biggest stumbling block, and very little has to do with what other people are doing, or if other people are watching.
Another thing that hits home is how "turning negative energy into positive forward motion in skiing, and in life as well".
I'm finding that, the more I set my spirit free, the more my skiing opens up.
Let me share one(just one) defining moment in my skiing.......
The first ESA I attended was a defining moment in my skiing and in my life. I had lived in Northern Michigan, within 25 miles of where I was born for 40 years. ESA Stowe was the first time I'd traveled alone and was doing something with people who didn't know any of my friends or family. I was just me, and it was interesting to experience this kind of camp without any of my usual outside influences!
I had learned to ski when I was just out of high school, by my boyfriend and his friend. They taught me how to snow plow on the bunny hill, left me there to practice, then came back long enough to tell me it was time for the "bigger hill".
Their only instruction on the bigger hill(which is only a blue cruiser) was "its just like two tracking. You turn to slow, don't slow to turn. And, keep up, we're not waiting at the lift"
That is how I skied for 22 years
When I attended ESA Jeb Boyd was my coach and the first thing he told me was "Girl we're going to slow you down and teach you to ski"
I often tell people that I started using skis when I was 18, but didn't learn to ski until I was 40.............. and I'm still learning.
^^^^ This was a defining moment in my skiing and my life!
Edited by Trekchick - 10/24/11 at 7:58am