NOV 10, 2016
When looking at the continuum of elements that affect the outcome of Mikaela Shiffrin’s season, one must understand time, space, and place.
BEATING THE CLOCK
It’s easy to get caught up in racing with my competitors and just trying to beat everyone else. But I think the ultimate race is with the clock. How fast can I actually ski? I’m always trying to push that limit. I do not want to be good enough, I want to be better. Not fast enough, but faster. I want to race to the finish line faster than anyone thought was possible.
MAKING SPACE FOR WINTER
I love this time of the year when we come to train in New Zealand. It is one of my favorite places to ski because the mountains are so beautiful and majestic and it has some of the best winter conditions we ski all year. But, it’s not just great training that makes me love it—it’s the feeling of getting back on snow and back to winter after a long block of working out. Don’t get me wrong, I love summer, but something about coming back to winter and snow is like coming home.
In one day of training I do 10 runs, I eat 3 big meals and 2 small meals, and I sleep 9 hours at night with an hour nap after training.
TIME OF YEAR
This time of the season is when I think a lot about my goals. Goals for tomorrow, goals for this season, and goals that I hope to accomplish 5 years from now. It’s time to hone in on those goals because the race season is just around the corner. I am always trying to push the limit of what the world thinks is possible. My ultimate goal is not to beat my competitors but to beat myself. Keep improving, looking for new challenges and take my skiing to higher levels. I’m not afraid that I won’t make it, because I’ve already made it farther than anyone expected or hoped. So now, I feel free to explore just how fast I can actually ski.
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