Originally Posted by mbp67
I'm 6'3. My bmi is around 30.
I don't see why I can't get to 188 by the beginning of January. That would put me at 195 in October, when racing starts at Loveland.
So what do you see the problem being? And I do have a bike, it's my baby (recently upgraded to a PUSHed fork and a Fox Float R PUSHed rear shock): http://i46.tinypic.com/5137yo.jpg
In the summer, I typically bike 15 miles a day and I do it on 100 oz of water, whatever that means on pretty technical northeast terrain.
(Also gives you an idea of what I look like)
So why do you see it as not possible for next season if I'm starting training at 195 and the following month I'll be at 188?
Actually, losing the weight is quite doable. But when you lose considerable weight, you do catabolize muscle as well. Takes time to add that back on (without juice) properly. How you do physical things will also change - among that is skiing.
Along the way, as you lose weight, recovery from your injuries might also advance better.
Not saying it won;t be fun, but you have a lot of things stacked against you at the moment with regards reaching some ski racing goals.
You are however, as many have noted, 'the right stuff' for Harvard.
If you're strongly rethinking your general course of study. Then that might be a good reason for a sabbatical - if that can't be resolved by school guidance and/or re-purposing of coursework.
I would look at the coming 2 years after this one (sophomore at the moment...?) as an oppportunity. An opportunity to change your physical being into the best you can be. That will take all of the 2+ years. Don't underestimate the size of that task. There are many athletes of exceptional nature who gladly take 2 years to get to their next 'higher' level.
Undergraduate work is rarely the 'specific preparation' for any occupation you might find yourself in. But it is the engine which opens the expanse of opportunity. It provides a larger window, a greater perspective of 'possibility'. Not a small advantage over those who don;t have this (or don;t make the best) of this opportunity. Interrupting
Junior and Senior years are when friendships are cemented from those you move thru school with. Take a year off and that all goes out of sync.
As others have said, finish this project. Its not mutually exclusive. You can still ski while being in school. And certainly a major fitness program along with your educational development will be a HUGE job. Accomplishing both would be a mighty feat. One anyone can be proud of.
general statistics on undergrads taking a year off are prolly out there. But maybe get more specific. I would go to the Harvard Ombudsman (or where ever this info might be found) and find out what the specific stats are for Harvard undergrads who take a year off, what percent return? what percent actually graduate with their degree? (as compared to those who study straight thru to their degree...)