Every year, around this time, something starts to stir.
Summer past times are nothing more than passing time. The DVD player runs hot, with Poorboys and
Matchstick on heavy rotation with the occasional Tetton film to keep me
rounded. This is the time when dreams
are formed and found. Memories of not so perfect seasons made perfect. In your mind’s
eye the future is bright, white and 50cm deep daily. Drawers, couch cushions
and car seats are searched for extra change. Early bird passes are available,
Twenty Ten catalogs are surfacing. We troll the classified ads for cheap sleds,
hoping that the recession hurt others worse than I. “People sell their toys
first” Jimbo tells me.
While every winter holds potential, it’s the PreSeason that
truly inspires. Trips to coffee shops with topo maps in hand, planning out the
first, second, third … assaults of the winter. Are these well intentioned pipe dreams? Only
time and our personal drive will determine how hollow ones hopes and dreams can
be. Talks of that gym pass and your
summer fitness program have fizzled long ago. Motivation and drive are hard to
find when they are frozen, like snow, deep in the mountains. Here is hot and
sunny and green.
The time is now for redemption. Waiting till midseason will
be too late and come October you have become so snow crazy you’re driving deep
into the wilderness, only to hiking lightly frosted glacial faces that are
truly blue. In the PreSeason, they provide the exhilaration of a black only to
weak kneed, soft thighed bitches. Now is
not the time to be soft, to be weak, to bitch, or moan. Now is the PreSeason.
Soon the time will come, pipe dreams will become reality.
You will be faced with your past, looking into an uncertain future. In your mind, on your couch, you ARE JP, you ARE
Tanner, and you OWN Seth. On the mountain you are NOTHING, your purchased symbols
of status, your flash bang new sticks, and you dope ass sled, nothing. The
mountain cares little of what you can afford or how good you look. You will you
look back on your dreams and see your reality.
The white wall ahead is calling, summon all your inner strength and channel
your chi. The PreSeason breads pussies,
start training NOW!
You probably don’t want to be just like Bode Miller, as the
attached article may claim. But when it comes to strength and skiing a little
bit like Bode may help. Besides, This is the simplest program I have found.