“Traveling is the only

thing you buy that

makes you richer”

Photo by Halux Visions

When I tell people what I do for a living, I usually receive incredulous responses related to “living the dream.” While not a day goes by that I’m not appreciative of the opportunities I have, I also know the behind-the-scenes efforts that go into skiing more than 150 days a year, all over the globe. Accomplishing this lifestyle essentially goes against everything our society has taught us is “normal”. Staying focused is critical.

 

To truly live as a professional skier, every day has to count and not just once, instead more like three times. What does this mean? Well, simply put: each day must serve multiple purposes. A day in the mountains may start at 6 in the morning and go until four in the afternoon. And when most people head to the bar or the hot tub, I go to the gym. On top of that, I have to constantly be preparing for the following day, as well as months into the future. Detailed plans laid well in advance make for smooth sailing.

 

I believe this pulse will contribute longevity to my life professionally and personally, physically and mentally. I never really escape winter; it’s always on my mind. On any given day, even in June, it’s likely that I’m planning, preparing, training or recovering. But this is the balance that I hope allows me to stay sharp, motivated, and at the top of my game throughout the year.

 

Being an elite athlete is more than just training and competing. It's a lifestyle. Choices like what you wear, how you present yourself, how you spend your time, whom you make friends with help shape your individuality and character.

We spend so much time training and competing with the same group of people that you create an entire family of people with the same passion. When you see them day in day out and even live together with some, you learn all about each other’s struggles, victories and get to know each other inside and out. This creates tight bonds with amazing people. For most of my fellow competitors, it’s all about having a good time, and pursuing our dreams.

 

Doing something I love every day doesn’t make my life easier, but I never found happiness by just choosing what would hurt the least. On the other side of my pain, was purpose.