But whilst we love to dance on the edge, we are most definitely not crazy, nor irresponsible. While pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone and into areas most people pale at the thought of, we draw on every available resource to make smart decisions. The overriding aim of every day freeriding is to make it home so we can do it all over again tomorrow. A junkie with a brain: with the right decisions a freerider can stay high for decades.
At heart it’s a simple, natural idea; to circumnavigate the globe under human power, but to consider doing so by multiple means and in such a way that makes you shake your head at the audacity of it all, well, it takes someone special to pull it off. Sarah Outen has never just been a talker. From the moment she conceived the idea of kayaking, rowing, and cycling around the world her poor Mum was resigned to the fact that not only would her daughter leave when she promised, but she’d never waiver from a commitment to taking on a continuous journey that is likely to keep her away from home for two and a half years.
Many times in life. We all fail at things. No one is perfect. Success to me is “Did you do your best?” If the answer is yes, then you were successful. Had I not been able to Run all the way to Atlanta, had I not been able to complete my feat of feet, then, to me, I still would have been successful because I still did my best … and what more could anyone have asked of me.
“Through our endeavours we can demonstrate that one can still achieve great things post injury,” concludes Martin, “If one has support, drive and determination, a dis-abilitating injury should not stop you from reaching your goals.
Welcome to the, largely, hypothetical tales from the crypt of every ski town’s darkest nights. A quick Surgeon’s Warning: If you suffer from having a loved one removed from you by a ski town, we suggest you discontinue reading now.
The MDS for me is above survival, It is only 8 days but, metaphorically, it is a biblical 40 day test. To live the rest of my life to my potential my Neuronet will need to be reconditioned, the MDS is the terrain for this training.
In last month’s daring raid into the realms of a regular column, I talked about my beginnings in skiing: why I initially made the pro-life choice for Freeskiing over racing; and how I managed to fund this self-indulgent exercise. This month the pros and cons of professional skier-dom will battle it out, despite the obviously predetermined decision. While last month… Read more →