We’ve been getting A LOT of snow recently. Most of the mountains in the area have either opened or will open next week. School’s been going pretty well (all A’s), and snowboarding season’s about to start. I’ve been going to Woodward every weekend on Friday and sometimes Saturday, and it’s been super beneficial. My skating and roller-boarding have improved by approximately 1000% this preseason, and I’m hoping it will benefit my snowboarding.
Speaking of snowboarding, I’ve planned out my races this season! I’ll have a ton more than last season, at higher levels of competition as well.
USASA Ski Cooper – January 11th-13th
Hole Shot Tour/Rev Tour Ski Cooper – February 20th-23rd
USASA Crested Butte – March 1st-3rd
Hole Shot Tour Holiday Valley – March 14th-15th
USASA Nationals – Early April
There’s a chance there will be a few more, and in addition to those I’m also competing in the New Years Eve Rail Jam, which is always fun. I’ve also been helping to teach kids tennis clinics at the Keystone Tennis Center every Tuesday and Thursday – it’s been really fun. Learning how to teach kids has been a great learning experience, and it’s been a great job. I guess I’ll have to write more on that later, because I have to leave to go teach one right now!
We just got to Texas yesterday for a short fall break week and family reunion. It’s been great being back in Austin and seeing our friends. Last night we went out to dinner with some friends, then went over to our friends the Deweys’ house to hang out. Our first quarter of the school year just finished last Friday, and I think it went pretty well. Classes for me are a bit tougher than last year, although still pretty easy. I’ve been driving to school every day, which is a big change from last year. Isaac’s been coming along every day now that he’s a freshman, and it’s been fun having him in the car with me, although I’ve been driving him to so many places around the county.
Snowboarding season is just about to start, and I couldn’t figuratively be more ready. Early season has always been one of my favorite parts of the season, and I hope this season won’t be any different. I’ve been boarding once already up Loveland Pass, and it was super fun sliding rails and being on my board again (although I basically destroyed it with all the rocks). The New Year’s Eve rail jam is coming up in just about two months, and then it’s going to be race season. I have a ton of boardercross races lined up, although the Revolution Tour schedule hasn’t been finalized yet. So far, I have six races confirmed so far – three races in January at Ski Cooper, and then another three later in the season in March at Crested Butte. I’ll also hopefully get three or so races on the Rev Tour, and maybe more if I do some NorAm races on the Hole Shot Tour.
That’s basically it right now – school and prepping for snowboarding. The rest of our time in Austin is going to be extremely fun, and I can’t wait (again, obviously figuratively). I’ll hopefully be able to post a bit more, but we’ll see.
We’ve almost been in school again for a month now. New classes, new teachers, and a new year. Summer was amazing, we went to so many places and did a ton of fun stuff with a lot of friends, it’s kind of unfortunate that it’s over. But snowboarding season is just around the corner, and new adventures with it. This is the first year I’m not doing a school fall sport, and it’s been pretty interesting. I’ve been playing a lot of tennis, as well as training for track almost every day. I’ve been driving over to Fairplay (two towns over) every couple of days to run on their track, which is much better than our concrete one.
School’s been pretty normal, although I have a feeling it’ll be more difficult in a few weeks once things really get going. All my classes have been relatively easy so far, and more than a few of them actually interest me for once. I’m taking Year I of IB DP Spanish, which has become extremely interesting now that I have a native Spanish speaker for a teacher. He just came over from Spain, and although it’s been a learning curve to learn the dialect and grammar differences between what I’ve previously been taught and the “vosotros” form used in Spain, it’s been good to talk with a native speaker. In addition to that, I’m taking DP Math Year II, DP HOTA (History of the Americas), DP Biology, DP English, and Physics. All of those are going pretty normally, which is basically saying I’d rather not write about all of those right now. That’s pretty much it for school right now, so now on to the less boring stuff.
I’ve been working at Digitiqe in town, fixing iPhones and selling various technology-related things, which has basically been the best job I could’ve asked for. YoYoLoco’s been great, too. Isaac and I have been going down to the shop to host YoYo Night every Friday, and it’s always a blast with Kendama and YoYo players coming around to hang out and play.
We’ve also been hanging out at Woodward Barn a ton, having got our passes renewed a few weeks ago. It’s been fun to get back on the trampolines and pump track, learning some new tricks.
Perhaps the biggest difference from this year and last years is my ability to drive. I got my license when we went down to Texas, and it’s been a big help. I’ve been driving to school every day, taking Isaac and jamming out to music on the way over. I can go anywhere without taking the Summit Stage, and it helps out when mom and dad are busy.
We’ve been seeing an influx of animals around lately, including deer, foxes, bears, and meesen. They’ve been hanging around our house, with the moose blocking our driveway a lot of the time. They’re amazing to watch, and it’s always a treat to see them around (minus when I can’t pull into the driveway because of them).
Happy Fathers Day, Dad! I love you much, and hope that you have a great day. I’m stoked that you’re going to be able to go on an adventure in Hawaii (even if it is without us), and that you’ll get some relaxation time. I really appreciate everything you’ve done for us, especially because I wouldn’t exist without you 😛
In particular, these last 5 years have probably been the 5 best of my life (although we did have some amazing times living in Texas…). Visiting all these amazing places, we’ve stood at the lowest point in the US and flown around the highest. We’ve been to 35 states in our travels, visiting 29/60 National Parks, plus many more NPS sites. That’s all because you went out of your way to give us an amazing childhood, which was unequivocally achieved. It’s always a joy to play sports with you, and a privilege that you can play with us no matter the sport, whether it’s soccer, running, hiking, tennis, basketball, football, ultimate frisbee, or snowboarding. Not many other families can play such a multitude of sports together, and fewer can shred down a mountain together. The gifts you’ve given us outnumber the characters I could write right now, which is an unspecified large amount. We’re always ready for an adventure, and while we’re locked down (to an extent) with school from August-May, that time in between or on breaks never goes unused.
So, to reiterate, thanks. You’re the best dad I could possibly ask for. I can’t wait to see what the next years have in store for us. Let’s go have some more adventure.
It’s officially summer for us in Colorado! We have a lot planned, and it all starts next week when I leave to Texas while Jadyn and Isaac are at Mt. Hood in Oregon and Mom and Dad are in Hawaii for their anniversary. I somehow managed to finish with all 4s and 5s for the semester, resulting in a 4.33 weighted and 4.0 unweighted GPA for the semester, which definitely helped my failure of a 4.0 weighted/3.67 unweighted GPA from last semester. AP World History was a challenging experience, but I’m glad I went through with it. I’ll be getting my test scores back in July, so I’ll hopefully be receiving college credit for that. All my other exams went really well, and I didn’t study for any of them minus math, which I really had to work at this semester, and chemistry, which I studied for approximately 33 seconds in rigorous preparation.
I’ve had a lot of time to relax, in preparation for a whirlwind few weeks coming up. We just got back from Denver yesterday, where Isaac had his final lacrosse tournament with the Summit Stix, before he goes off to high school next year. I had a fun time cheering him on and watching him score, which he was extremely stoked about.
I have a track meet on Wednesday I’ll be going to with a couple of friends, and I’ll be running the 100m and 400m. I’ve been running very consistently, training with lots of hill workouts up near our house in Blue River at 10,000 ft, so hopefully it will pay off when I sprint at 5900 ft. I’m looking to go under 12.5 in the 100m and under 60 in the 400m (because I still haven’t done that, for some odd reason. And here I was in 8th grade believing I’d be in the 57s by sophomore year. That was a big fail).
After the track meet, I’ll be packing up for my trip to Texas, where I’ll be getting my license, then going to see our best friends the Halls for a while. After Texas, I’ll be working throughout the summer with the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps on some trails, plus some other jobs. I’ve started to buy and sell iPhones once again, so I’ve started to get some income from that.
Anyways, it’s bound to be a great summer with all this, and I’ll be sure to enjoy these next few weeks (That sentence literally means that I lost interest in continuing to write right now, so I’m going to just end it off there). Oh, I also made a new LEGO Stop Motion animation, which you can view here.
I’m now nearing the end of track season, and it’s been a pretty good season. I didn’t get the times I initially wanted at the beginning of the season, and still haven’t run under a minute in the 400m, although I ran 60.0 a few weeks ago. I ran at the 4A League Championships over the weekend on Friday and Saturday in Grand Junction, and it went unsurprisingly average. I’m not sure what happened in the Long Jump, but I somehow only jumped 16’5″, over a foot shorter than what I can usually do. Both of my relays (the 4×100 and the 4×200) went pretty bad, as our fastest runner didn’t show up for the meet. We took last in both relays, but still scored points in the 4×200 because a team got disqualified.
My 200m went as I predicted. I got a new PR at 26.15, but got last (although it was only by three hundredths of a second). It was still a fun race to run, and I definitely want to run it again next season. The weather was pretty hot over in Grand Junction, with the temperature getting into the upper 80s and low 90s, but that didn’t stop us from having a great time around the meet and at the hotel. At the hotel, most of our team jumped in the pool, and we messed around for a while, then went inside to play games until we went to sleep. At the meet, I got to relax a bit between events in my hammock, which I put up along with many other kids underneath the pavilion where we set up camp. We ended up having three triple-decker hammock setups, which was awesome. Overall, it was a great time, and just as fun as last year.
I only have two meets left until the end of the season, so hopefully I can get some new PR’s in the 100, 200, 400, High Jump and Long Jump before the end of the season. I’ve only ran two 200s, two 400s and three 100s, so hopefully I can improve on my best times for the season in those events during these last two meets. My bests for the season (so far) are 12.85 in the 100, 26.15 in the 200, 60.08 in the 400, 5’2″ in the High Jump, and 17’3″ in the Long Jump (I haven’t done much long jump this season). We’re currently 9/10ths of a second off the 4×100 school record (which is at 45.8, still standing from the 80s), and I’m hoping we can get close to it or break it at the last meet. Mom got my leg of our season best of 46.7 on video, so you can watch it below.
The last two weeks were a flurry of competitions, school, homework, fun, disappointment, and a little bit of sleep. I had my first boardercross Rev Tour one week ago on Friday, and it went pretty okay. I went out to Ski Cooper Friday morning, and raced hard. The top 32 out of the 38 competitors were seeded into brackets, and I ran a pretty bad time trial, and ended up barely making the cut, qualifying 30th. I got eliminated in my first heat, which I was extremely downcast about, but it was fine for my first Rev Tour ever.
After Rev Tour, all that remained was USASA Nationals. I had both boardercross and slopestyle practice on Saturday, my slopestyle comp on Sunday, and boardercross on Monday. Saturday went pretty well with practice. I landed a couple tricks on the large line at Copper and got my start down on the boardercross course – I was all set to compete.
Sunday went pretty okay, around what I expected, although I think I could’ve gotten a few places higher. I didn’t land my first run, because I sent the second jump too big and overrotated my frontside 360 to a 540, almost landing but ultimately going down.
On my second run, I once again stomped the first jump, which I sent a backflip off of (although I did send the second one quite a bit bigger than the first time), and kinda-barely landed my 360 on the next jump, but hit the knuckle of the jump and lost all my speed. I proceeded to hit the last jump, but landed on the deck. I guess I can count my second run as landed, but it still only scored me a 24.5.
Anyways, slopestyle wasn’t my main focus to begin with, so I wasn’t that mad that I didn’t completely get my run. I was ready for boardercross the next day, but unfortunately it didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to. I placed 15th in time trials, meaning I got the second gate choice in my heat. My heat started out great, I was out in second place, in a good spot to qualify, edging out the two people behind me around the first and second turns. Around the third turn, I unfortunately got caught up in the slush and slid out. That kinda ruined my day, so yeah. How unfortunate. Only 340 more days until I get to try again!
Overall, this season went pretty well as a whole. I got a few new tricks, and began spinning the large line at Copper, which I thought wouldn’t happen till next season. Early season, I worked on my rails and actually didn’t do terribly at the New Years Eve Rail Jam at Copper, taking 8th/17. I placed third at my first slopestyle of the year at Copper, then won the next two at Keystone and Breck (although I don’t really count Breck as much because there wasn’t really much competition). Boardercross started out pretty terrible, but ended up ok. I lost my first two races, then took second at Copper on day 3. I had a ton of amazing races against some really talented racers, and that definitely helped in my progression. I even got to race Banked Slalom at Steamboat, which was one of my favorite weekends of the season. I’ll definitely be ready for next season, where I plan on competing in Rev Tour and the Hole Shot NorAm Tour. But for now, it’s track season, and time to run.