What did you learn?
One thing that stands out from coaching this summer is making sure athletes feel emotionally supported. Attempting new tricks is an exciting but also stressful environment. Sometimes I knew an athlete was physically ready to try a trick, but I needed to step back and ask myself what we needed to do to help them feel ready. The answer would vary from just cruising a couple more laps, talking through how they feel, getting the right music in their headphones, or even just letting them know, “I believe in you! You got this!” The moment when the fear and uncertainty transitions into hype and excitement has become one of my favorite things about coaching.
How does this keep you physically and mentally engaged in the offseason?
One of the great things about camp has been coaching a wide variety of tricks. I love it when an athlete wants a trick to look a certain way and we can dig into the details of how to get that outcome. I’ve also spent considerable time working with regional committees and national task forces over the summer.
On the physical side, I’ve gotten in a good amount of skiing both at Copper and hiking up to high alpine snow in Colorado. I also joined some of the Woodward Copper staff on their rec soccer team, Go Glaciers! Between skiing, soccer, bIading, and a little mountain biking, I’ve found I have some glaring opportunities to improve my fitness before the next ski season starts. I’m confident after a few weeks of gym time and manual labor I’ll be ready to put the boots back on for winter 2022-2023