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Brody Meskers: To Ski or Not to Ski

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

I started my training for my first World barefoot championships in the spring of 2012.  The month of June, I spent at the World Barefoot Center training almost every day working on slalom, tricks, and jump.  In the beginning of the month I was just doing 180 turns, and by the end of the month, I was able to do some multiple turns.

When I went back to Wisconsin, I skied in the Wisconsin Open and established new PB’s: 3400 tricks and 11.7 slalom.  Entering the month of July, I wanted to take my skiing and training to the next level.  My turns were improving and my slalom was getting faster.

Then two days before a tournament that would help me qualify for the Junior team, I fell while practicing my trick pass.  I felt a big pop in my leg and it was the most pain I have felt in all of my 11 years.  My first thought was that my season was over.

After seeing the doctor, he confirmed that I had severely pulled my hamstring.  I was referred to a physical therapist who told me in order to compete at Worlds I would have to do extensive therapy.  I decided that I was going to go for it all.  So every morning I rode my bike two miles to the health club, did my hour therapy session, and rode my bike home.  Each afternoon, I would also run and swim in the pool.  Then every evening I would do another hour therapy session before bed.

The whole time, all I thought about was being on the water rather than doing all the therapy.  I continued doing the therapy until we left for Nationals.  I was able to get on the water twice to test the strength of my leg, but was very limited on what I was able to do.  I was not able to be competitive due to the limited amount of time I was able to train on the water.  After Nationals, I headed back to the World Barefoot Center to train for Worlds.  My confidence was low and I was fearful of re-injuring my leg.  After a couple of days, my skiing was still sloppy.  Swampy pulled me aside and said I needed to throw caution to the wind and quick favoring my bad leg or go home and call it a season.  At  that point in time, I thought I came too far to give up and go home so I dug deep and trained my heart out.

We left for Worlds hopeful that I could pull it off.  However, I didn’t ski to the level I had hoped to.  I know now that facing adversity and not giving up will make me a better skier and person in the long run.

Brody Meskers