Writers block perhaps… after a full year of blogging and going hard my creative well dried up. Finally the enthusiasm has trickled back in.
On Dec 31st I pulled in some extra vertical around the ski hill and celebrated with everyone. It was amazing to see and feel how many people were psyched on my achievement. It was a great celebration and so rewarding to finally be done. Waking up on the first of January I felt a huge relief, no more goal. No more putting my watch on and thinking about how much vertical to go. I had actually accomplished it. All those challenging moments, those struggles were worth the final tiny number…I now know my physical potential in a year. Never will I try and beat that goal.
I relaxed for a bit and enjoyed some free vertical, touring a little but really feeling drained. A thousand feet appeared huge above me, far away and challenging. But I filmed with reelwater productions and focused on family. Eventually the Trade show in Salt Lake City came and I had a blast. Again the support from so many people on my goal was encouraging. Exciting. Backcountry.com hosted a party for me, with support from Arcteryx, Dynafit and Suunto. This party was a huge success with tonnes of people coming. Testimony is that Glen Plake came out and partied.
Then I came home and faced up to something, I have not wanted to face for a long time. Shoulder surgery…. Latarget shoulder surgery. Full human carpentry, with bones being cut, shaped and screwed back on.. I have had a dislocating shoulder injury for 10 years, a climbing injury that led me into ski touring. But after years of ignoring that weakness it was time to address it.
So I have been healing and dreaming. Plus working on my professional stuff, editing, slideshows… plus hanging with the family.
I finally got my first cover on a magazine, thanks to S-magazine for their coverage.
I will heal now, and work on lots of stuff. And ski again in Norway and Sweden in April, when I head there to do some slide shows.