Second Thoughts

Posted by piphunt on January 9, 2010 in Adventures of Pip, skiing |

Disappointment. It’s part of the game. Sometimes you ski well, your judged well, and you walk away from the competition excited. Sometimes you crash, sometimes you feel misjudged, sometimes things just don’t work out exactly as you planned. This weekend was one of those competitions. I dropped into my first air, landed, attempted to ski away and ended up tomahawking towards my next air. In the past, there may of been tears, slight temper tantrums and severe disappointment. But yesterday, I was just happy to be in one piece. I think that is where I am now.
During an interview I did with MSI on Thursday, I was asked why I continue to compete. It struck me, I’m not really sure why anymore. I love my friends I’ve made on this tour, and the family I travel with throughout the winter. But our numbers a slowly dropping and the tour feels like a fresh crop of competitors this season. There are fewer familiar faces now, and the few familiar ones seem more content with skiing pow lines than winning titles. It used to be all about my ego. I had something to prove. I wanted to be the best. I had a couple runs, a couple moments, but never anything outstanding. And now, it’s not worth it to me to ski those winning lines. I’d rather be in one piece than get taken down in a sled. At the end of the day, is it worth it?

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