On an early winter day in November, 2003, I stood near the continental divide where Interstate highway 70 blasts under the mountains in the dual bores of the Eisenhower tunnel. Above the concrete and steel eastern entrance to the tunnels spreads a small ski area, often the first to open in the US. Loveland is a family owned throwback to the heyday of skiing, and I was there to get back on skis.
I was an expert skier, having spent the better part of three decades exploring my passion. But, the light had gone out, and I was in the throes of a decision: stop, or move forward? There were many things at stake, most of which I didn't see at the time.
One thing that was at stake was everything I knew how to do on skis.
Back then, I'd slide my ski tails out with every turn, get my skis onto a high edge, set them abruptly, and use the rebounding energy to propel me up and over my skis -- and into the next turn.
I enjoyed the sensation of the skis' power and the hard set of my edges. And I was good at it.
But times, they were a changin'...
Ski design hadn't changed very much in many years, but in the late 90s, a revolution was afoot. By 2003, it was well underway. Skis that could not have been made just a few years before suddenly made skiing different. More accessible. More enjoyable. Smoother.
But it required a big change.
As my hero and now my friend Weems Westfeldt wrote in the forward to the book (http://stephenhultquist.com/skiing.html), "Think about that! After 30 years, he started over. And that's what it takes to be good. What's more, if you read between the lines of his book, you will realize that he starts over every day. And that's what it takes to sustain good. I suspect he measures achievement, not by his level of performance, but rather by how he changes, adapts, and grows. The learning is the breakthrough -- not the performance. He has learned the truth of skiing -- that the transformation is daily and the growth is endless. That is where the secret (and the fun) of good skiing lies. Hmmm. Kind of like life, eh?"
There's more in his forward that I'll share with you soon. But you get the point. I had to make a change.
Today, I ski much more fluidly than ever before. I tip the skis on their edges, move along them, and they turn me. No more slamming. The skis' energy moves me into the new turn in a while new, more effective way.
But, it took changes.
For a transformed life, it is YOU that needs to make the change. There is no other way to do it. If you are willing to change, you can do or be anything you set your heart to.
No one can do it for you.
But you can get some guidance. A mentor. A coach.
That is what my new Time Shaving membership is about. You can learn more about it on the pre-publication web page at http://stephenhultquist.com/shaving.html.
You can do it.
Stephen Sven Hultquist
PS Check out the pre-publication page today: http://stephenhultquist.com/shaving.html