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Aug 3, 2010- Recap of Winter & Spring PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nick Fairall   
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 19:06

Ok, It’s been a while since my last post; so let me recap this past winter, spring and beginning of this summer.


I had a very difficult winter in terms of my performance on the hill; I was letting an issue bother me more than it should have and it was really frustrating me. Instead of focusing on my goals and the job at hand, my attention was turned to this issue.

I felt that I was not getting the things that I needed to get better and I was heading in the wrong direction because of this issue. All of my focus was on the reasons why I could not be successful. In turn, it brought about a very tough season for me. Missing the 2010 U.S. Olympic team, not achieving the results I wanted and being emotionally down were some of the consequences of my misguided focus. By the time that I realized that I was letting this issue bother me, it was too late to do anything to change it.

Granted, there were some positive things that came out of this winter: I was able to go back to Lake Placid and ski the K120 (which is one of my favorite hills) for the first time in five years, I was able to ski Brattleboro’s new K90, watch the last event on Salisbury’s Old Satre Hill, and I was the 2009/10 Supertour Champion. I am very grateful now that I had such a poor winter, I would not have learned my lesson if I had made the Olympic team. The most important thing I have learned is that, if I don’t like the circumstances around me, Look for the circumstances that I want, and if I cant find them: Make Them.

Once my winter was over, I started my usual off-season workouts with Pam Sanborn at Colby Sawyer College in New London, NH. Working with her five days a week got me into great physical shape for the summer season while it forced me to do the proper training so I would not slack off in the off-season. Along with my physical training, I started Modern Military Arnis Training in the middle of April. Modern Military Arnis blends the elements of Filipino stick fighting, jujitsu, karate, boxing and ground fighting into a versatile art that develops one’s self defense ability along with building one’s confidence and leadership abilities. My Arnis teacher is Colonel Lisa McManus, her teachings have allowed my to grow as a person. I do not train in Arnis just to kick people’s butts; I train because it helps build confidence, mental strength, trust, communication, and Leadership abilities. I am still continuing my Arnis training and it has helped me grow significantly as a person and has helped regain my confidence in myself for Jumping.

As summer jumping started in Lake Placid, I still did not have the confidence on the hill. After about two weeks of training, it slowly came back to me. I have been focusing on my training with Casey Colby and we have realized that it will take time to progress and it will not happen over night.

The July 4th competition in Lake Placid was just a test event for me; I wanted to see where my abilities were comparatively. I placed 7th in the event, not placing as well as I would have liked. I know that there is still a lot more work to be done and that I must stay focused on my goal.


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