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Johnathan Martines: Getting Out of the Comfort Zone

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

Many people, especially those who are involved in sports, love staying in their comfort zone and not experimenting with new ideas and techniques. This past summer, one of these people was me. Every day, I would go out and work on multiple turns with the master coach himself, Swampy Bouchard.

“Bend your knees! Turn slowly! Stay on your foot!” were phrases I heard so often from the mouth of Swampy that I’m pretty sure I even began hearing them in my
sleep. No matter how many times I was told to do these seemingly simple tasks, I would still
stick to my old bad habits.

One morning before many of the ski school students came, Swampy took Ben, Ash, and
me out for a tricks set. After being told to bend my knees for the thousandth time and still not
executing, I jumped in the boat. Swampy simply said, “We will have a date at lunchtime.” I
knew this couldn’t be good.
Around lunchtime, Swampy took me out all by myself. For what seemed like forever, I
did turn after turn after turn in the summer heat. After about an hour on the water, breakthroughs
started being made. All of a sudden, I was nailing multiple sequences and trick runs I was never
able to previously do.
For the rest of that summer, I tried to make the changes needed for me to improve and
my skiing started improving rapidly. This simple event showed me how important it is to make
changes in order to improve. I realized that changing, without fearing the consequences, was the
key to improving in the sport, and if I stayed in my comfort zone, I would be a 4000-5000 point
tricker for the rest of my life.

Many people, especially those who are involved in sports, love staying in their comfort
zone and not experimenting with new ideas and techniques. This past summer, one of these
people was me. Every day, I would go out and work on multiple turns with the master coach
himself, Swampy Bouchard. “Bend your knees! Turn slowly! Stay on your foot!” were phrases I
heard so often from the mouth of Swampy that I’m pretty sure I even began hearing them in my
sleep. No matter how many times I was told to do these seemingly simple tasks, I would still
stick to my old bad habits.
One morning before many of the ski school students came, Swampy took Ben, Ash, and
me out for a tricks set. After being told to bend my knees for the thousandth time and still not
executing, I jumped in the boat. Swampy simply said, “We will have a date at lunchtime.” I
knew this couldn’t be good.


Around lunchtime, Swampy took me out all by myself. For what seemed like forever, I
did turn after turn after turn in the summer heat. After about an hour on the water, breakthroughs
started being made. All of a sudden, I was nailing multiple sequences and trick runs I was never
able to previously do.
For the rest of that summer, I tried to make the changes needed for me to improve and
my skiing started improving rapidly. This simple event showed me how important it is to make
changes in order to improve. I realized that changing, without fearing the consequences, was the
key to improving in the sport, and if I stayed in my comfort zone, I would be a 4000-5000 point
tricker for the rest of my life.

By: Johnathan Martines