Wednesday, September 7, 2011

I think It's time.

Over the last few years I've been tracking my goal setting on a pretty cool website called

Some of my goals I've accomplished quickly, some of taken a long time, and some are decidedly a few years away from completion, but I fully intend to do everything I listed.

Today I stumbled on this video and was reminded of my life goal #2 : backflip off a ski jump.  I've always considered it a far-off goal, a someday, maybe, possibly.  But after seeing this video, it suddenly feels like something I could actually accomplish. Maybe even before the end of the year.

I know I can:
-ski competently and confidently (basic grinds and small jumps)
-land a ski jump with a few feet of air
-backflip off a trampoline/diving board
and now I just need to put those skills together.

Maybe I’m underestimating the skill and finesse it really takes, but it doesn’t seem that hard when I see videos like this:

Notice how:
-he doesn’t go down the slope extremely fast
-he doesn’t have to tuck very tightly
-he picks a nice powdery slope for the trick, which minimizes risk of injury
-his poles are flopping all over the place. This, along with the goofy and congratulatory cheers by the videographer, make me think that we’re witnessing one of his early backflip attempts. He’s not a seasoned pro, but a good skier whose skill level may be within my reach.

Although I'm always sad to see summer end, this video is giving me reason to look forward to winter!