It’s been four months but I am HOME. Time to catch up with friends, family, physio, gym, rock climb!!… and Grey’s Anatomy (don’t judge me)
HIGHLIGHTS of my season:
- 20th Park City World Championships!
- 17th Cortina World Cup
- 19th Bad Gastein World Cup
- 8th Bad Gastein Europa Cup
- 9th Rogla Europa Cup
- 2nd North American Overall Cup
After I reached my goals early on in the season (top 20 at World Cups), I had to re-evaluate and adjust my goals for the rest of the season. Always improving! I did not meet my adjusted goals (top 16) THIS season. Shit happens as they say and things do not always work out the way they should.
In the final races, I was 0.1, 0.03, 0.3 away from my new goals. I’m so close that the end of the season race was bittersweet.
“”Life is about the journey and not the destination” – Ralph Waldo Emerson” – Megan Farrell
As an athlete, student, employee, boss, parent, sibling, human being, WHEN is it enough?
When will you be happy?
In my case, what is my end goal? Will I be happy with top 20s at World Cup? Top 16? Top 3? Overall winner?? If you don’t continue to adjust your goals, you will become stagnant and, believe me – that’s no fun.
Sports is a tricky thing as your results can be so obviously perceived as first or last. There are no ifs, ands or buts. You either come home with the gold medal, or you don’t.
So, how do you stay sane as a developing athlete?
I snowboard to be fast, not to win. When you adjust your perspective from ‘winning’ into being fast, a bunch of things change:
#1: You are not severely depressed (for real) when you lose… not that I like it, I’m still a Farrell after all.
#2: You focus on how to be better at what you’re doing instead of trying to control the results of those around you.. which is impossible and therefore very difficult, duh!
#3: You start winning?!
So, what now??
Life as an athlete is no joke. I have a stress fracture on my hip that is my number one priority at the moment. We work our bodies to the bone and so this recovery time is vital before I can push my training in the gym for next season.
After that, I have my first training camp of the 2020 season sometime this summer?? Aside: GLOBAL WARMING IS REAL and therefore hard to plan training for Winter sports during Summer months in North America.
THANK YOU TO ALL OF MY WONDERFUL SUPPORTERS WHO CONTINUE TO LET ME LIVE MY DREAM