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.
Tomorrow, I have my first track meet of the season. I’ve been training hard, and I think the combination of that plus all the cross country I’ve done has prepared me well. The various workouts that we have been doing in the past few weeks have been quality workouts, with tempo runs, ladders, and time trials. I’ve ran a lot of 13-second 100m’s in pants on a concrete track in 25-35 degree weather, so hopefully I can break my PR at one of the first few meets, when I’ll actually be running on a real track with spikes. I’ll be happy with a time in the mid-12’s, and I’m pretty confident I can get it.
This year we have a huge team, almost double last year. With the new additions of freshmen and others, we have some pretty good runners, and I think it will be a good season for the team (as compared to last year, where we literally averaged 5 points a meet). Tomorrow I’m running the 4×100, 4×400, 100m, and of course High Jump. I’ve only gotten two days of high jump training, but I’ve cleared 5’1″ in pants on a gym floor pretty easily, so I guess I’ll have to see how that translates to the meet tomorrow. I have a really good 4×100 team and a good 4×400 team, so we’ll see how we stack up against other schools.
Now, snowboarding. The more fun and arguably more important sport that I’m doing now. Two weekends ago I got back from Crested Butte, where I competed in 3 USASA Boardercross events. The first day was great, I competed hard, and took second in a near photo-finish with my friend. The second day went exactly as I planned, with Warren (who I’ve competed against for years) and another kid leaving, which left me to take an easy gold medal against two other kids I’ve known for a year or so. The next day went a bit differently, as it started snowing pretty heavily, and I got out of the gate last after a kid in my age group fell right in front of me, slowing me down. I eventually caught up to my friend Tristan, who was in the lead, and tailed him all the way to the bottom. There was a set of 6 rollers up a jump near the bottom of the course, which I usually throw a speed before hitting. This time, I went full send and bombed straight over them, flying off the jump and almost crashing, but I stayed on my feet and passed Tristan, who had thrown a few checks before the roller set.
I only have a few competitions left in the season, and I plan to train hard for them all. Next weekend we are all going down to Steamboat to race in the annual Slash and Burn Banked Slalom event, which will be super fun. I’ll hopefully get to meet/compete against some pro boarders, and I think it’ll be a great time (although I do have a track meet the day before…)
After that, on March 30th, I have my first Revolution Tour competition, which is the next step up from the USASA regional competitions that I do. I have no idea how that’s going to go, but I’m guessing there are going to be a ton of people there. And finally, two days later, I have USASA Nationals, which I am going to be competing in in boardercross as well as slopestyle. I’m looking for a top 10 finish in boardercross, and to put down my run in slopestyle, and I think both those goals are very achievable. Jadyn’s going to Nationals in slopestyle, boardercross, and halfpipe, and I think this year she can go top 5 in at least slopestyle and definitely boardercross.
That’s about it for everything I’m prepping for right now. I’ll probably right another post in the next few days about the track meet, so until then… nothing will happen relating to this website.
This time of the season is the part of the snowboarding season where snowboarding overlaps with track. And it kinda gets stressful. Later today I’m signing up for track, which marks the first day of spring sports at the high school. On one hand, I’m psyched for it – I’ve been running a few days a week, getting my sprint speed up. Hopefully cross country pays off and I’ll be able to shave a few seconds off all my times. On the other hand, I’m still full committed to snowboarding, with a slopestyle competition at Keystone this Saturday, another slopestyle at Breckenridge on the 25th, Crested Butte boardercross on March 1st through the 4th, possible Hole Shot NorAm Tour cross competitions on March 26th-29th, Rev Tour cross at Ski Cooper on March 30th, and to cap it all off, USASA Nationals sometime during the first week of April.
Whew. That’s a lot of competitions. My track schedule is pretty packed this year, but with one significant detail: We only have two weekend meets all season until the League Championsips. That leaves time for snowboarding, which is pretty awesome. I’ll have to miss some snowboarding every few Fridays for track meets, and miss some track once or twice for Crested Butte and Nationals, but I’m confident that it will all work out in the end.
Anyways, flash back to two weekends ago. I had three boardercross competitions at Copper Mountain, which went pretty well overall. All three days, I only had 5 people in my age group, and, being the top seeded rider, I had a bye to finals, which meant that I waited till around 2 PM for one race. The first two days were pretty bad. On Friday, I collided with the rider in front of me who had fallen, and lost the race. On Saturday, I got beat straight up. I was only a few feet behind third place, but still, it was a bit crushing. Sunday, however, went a bit better. I started the race in first place, through the start and the first turn, but then got cut off around turn two and finished second. I was pretty stoked, as it was my first boardercross podium in my home series ever, having competed in 12 previous competitions with no medals (taking fourth the two prior days and at the final one last year).
Jadyn also did really well, taking second on Friday and Sunday! She’s gotten extremely good at boardercross, but if she had a race board, she’d definitely be much faster.
On Sunday, we went to Keystone to train for the slopestyle competition, and it was really beneficial. After running a slalom course made out of tree shrubs that we made (:P), I started practicing my slopestyle run, which is probably going to be switch backside 180, backflip, frontside 540.
Well, that’s just another update on my life! Hopefully I’ll get a chance to write another post next week after slopestyle!
It’s been about two weeks since we got back from Christmas break, and it was definitely a much-needed rest, although we only did a little of that as we were snowboarding almost every day. But still, it was nice to have a break from the constant grind of school.
Over break, we had a photo shoot with Keystone Resort, competed in the annual New Years Eve Rail Jam at Copper, made cookies, shoveled a lot of snow that disappeared the day after, and recently, competed in the first Slopestyle competition of the season at Copper.
Semester 1 ended with lots of work, having 6 final exams in one week. It unfortunately did not get me the grades I needed to maintain a perfect GPA (4.23), so I ended up with just a 4.0 weighted GPA for this semester. Hopefully that won’t happen again.
After we got out of school, we went straight to snowboarding, and never left for the next week 😛 On Christmas, we went out as a family to snowboard at Beaver Creek before going out to a nice dinner. It was a great time, as we don’t get to snowboard all together often, even though Beaver Creek had basically no new snow.
Christmas was pretty great, but after it was over it was back to training. We all competed in the annual Copper Mtn New Years Eve Rail Jam, where I competed directly against Isaac for the first time in the 14+ age group. I had been training on rails for around a month, so I wouldn’t finish like I did at Howelsen Hill last year (10th/10). Isaac and I had a good time, and while he didn’t land the tricks he wanted to, we still had fun. I ended up 8th/17, which was about where I expected to be. Anyways, the tricks I threw will probably be the best tricks I will have done on rails this season, as I’m now training for boardercross.
Fast forward one week later to January 6th. The day before our slopestyle competition. We’d been training hard, and decided to take a fun day with the team before the comp. One of our coaches, Josh, made up a crazy fun game named by our friend Karis, called the Jimmy Points Challenge (completely random name). We’d go around Breckenridge Mountain completing challenges made up by Josh, each for certain amounts of points. Some were trick-based, such as landing a backflip or 540, and others were… people-based? Examples of that included high-fiving an entire family, getting someone to let you borrow their gloves, and even getting a pro to film you. Check out the video edit I made here, or visit my snowboarding YouTube Channel at GabeShreds.
On the day of the slopestyle competition, it had just dumped about a foot of snow, which made riding the jumps extremely slow. I was extremely happy and fortunate to still put down my run anyways (backflip, back 3, front 3), and almost put down my second run (backflip, back 3, front 5) if it wasn’t for the sketchy landing of the last jump. That put me into 3rd place, which meant I got my first Rocky Mountain Series podium. Isaac and Jadyn also put down their runs, which they were stoked about. Isaac finished 7th/21, and Jadyn took the silver with a 2nd place out of 8. Watch my first slopestyle run below:
After the slopestyle competition, school kinda took over again. Nothing interesting happened up until last Saturday, when Team Summit bought time on the boardercross course at Copper Mountain, which is being used for this weekend’s boardercross races. I got to race my friends on the team, and also got some valuable practice for this weekend. The day before, on Friday, I had a real boardercross day with my coach KB and the four Australians that are visiting to race with us. We flew down Keystone’s Go Devil run at speeds above 65 mph, which was immensely fun. On Sunday, it had snowed a ton overnight, so we took advantage of the soft snow and rode the powder. In the afternoon, I sent backflips off of the only two jumps open in the park, along with my friend Akos.
Now I’m gearing up for the boardercross races coming up this weekend. I’m about to get my race board prepped with a base grind, tune and wax. So far I have 6 people in my age group total, and I have the top seed, thanks to my 15th place finish at last Nationals. I definitely want to podium, and hope I can take the win one of the three days. Jadyn’s also competing, and she’s looking really good on the course so far. I’m racing with two of the Australians training with us, so there’s always a potential for a podium sweep.