I am on my way to Chamonix for the first stop for the ladies of the 2014 Freeride World Tour! A lot of people have been asking me why I am competing again or look at me say you are competing again? The thing is I love skiing and I love pushing myself at skiing and skiing with other girls and guys that enjoy the same thing. I own a business now, so I can not just leave to pursue my skiing passions at the drop of hat so competing is a great way for me to still be able to be a part of a competitive sport I do love so much. This will mark my 7th year competing, I won the tour in 2012 and then shattered my leg on a mountain bike a month later. Last year I thought I was ready to compete and that my leg was fine, I was lying to myself! I competed last year, but I had an incredibly hard time with my confidence and I was in constant pain in my Tibia. ( I broke my Tibia in 2 places and fibula in one)
I was plagued with constant severe shin bang and pain every time I pressured my right ski. Then in my last competition in March I re-injured my leg with a severe bone bruise that once again put me out for 2 months from skiing and most activities. My goal last year had been to qualify for the finals in Verbier, Switzerland and I did do that (which I was happy about!), but was not able to compete because of the second injury. It is amazing what your mind can tell you because now that I am skiing injury free it is the most amazing feeling, I never realized how stubborn I was and how I tricked myself into thinking that I was fine! I am still working on the mental part of competing again, but physically I feel strong, ready and pain free!! The competition is set for this Saturday the 25th of January in Chamonix. I could not be more excited and nervous to go out of the start gate again. Thank you friends, family, my fiancé and sponsors for still supporting me in my passion!