Anyway the summer after leaving school I went on a british freeski camp in Saasfee where I was lucky enough to have Pat Sharples (now head coach for the England Olympic team) teaching me how to land my first 360’s. A winter of jumping about in the park relentlessly and on the same camp one year later I did a double flip no one had ever seen or heard of before. Pat decided to sign me up to the Oakley team and I decided this was the career for me.
If I'd known at the time what damage I was doing to my body though I would of approached the sport in a very different manor and would still probably be skiing today. Although there was a lack of regard for my own body this style of learning did make me realise the mind is a powerful monkey when you really narrow your focus on something intently.
There are also times when I slack off and when I do I find my old habit patterns slipping back in. But like good eating and good exercise the more you time you commit the more benefits you see right along side next to it. For me all the time invested is totally worth it.
This post is just scratching the surface of what I want to talk about really and in later posts I want to focus more on the science of this technique to help explain whats really going on and give it some scientific rigor. There is also a social barriers that might put people off trying it and this is also something I'd like to address. For me I don’t see it any different from how everyone obsessively cleans there teeth twice a day, they both boil down to simple maintenance of the body. Also I want to offer some advice on how to further apply it to the sporting world and how actually to go about practicing it.