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The Ultimate Off-Season (6/18/13)

BY CHAS GULDEMOND

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BMX track at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista

Awesome nights with the whole family in Cabo!

Since the 8th of April I have been off snow – not by choice, but because of an injury. It seems like a bummer but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. It has been about seven years since I have had this much time off snow. That means time to spend with the family, time to work on my business, time to go surf and do other things that make me happy. I can tell you for sure that I have made the most of this time off because I know in the back of my head that once I am better it’s going to be hard work straight through to the Olympics. As an athlete, injuries are part of the game. I have been incredibly blessed to have had so few injuries. I’m stoked that I got this time to spend clearing my head, healing my body and getting stoked for the upcoming journey.

For my whole career my wife has managed me and taken care of a lot of my business. She is now going to school so this was the perfect opportunity for me to focus on the business side of snowboarding and learn how to take care of a lot of the business myself. There are so many moving parts from social media to sponsor relationships to dealing with insurance claims... it’s crazy! Learning how it all works has been awesome for me and I know it is going to help me down the road!

I just moved down from Tahoe to San Diego for the summer and I have been able to settle in to my new apartment. It is so beautiful here right near the beach with great weather. It is the perfect place for me to rest and rehab my injury. What make it even better is an hour down the road in Chula Vista is the Olympic Training Center. I’ve been going there three or four days each week doing rehab on my knee and I’m getting closer to 100-percent every day! My physical therapist is on it and he keeps me motivated! The best part about going there is meeting all the other Olympic and Paralympic athletes from sports like track and field, BMX and rugby. Everyone is there for the same reason and it is nice to be able to relate to them!

My favorite thing I have done in the past two months would have to be the family trip to Mexico! I have not been on a vacation with my brother and my parents since I was maybe 12. It was so rad to get everyone together for a week to relax and soak up the sun in Cabo! My mom and dad were there along with my wife and my brother and his girlfriend. We stuffed our faces with all-inclusive dinners and chilled on the beach. One day we hopped on a bus to a place called Costa Azul and me and my bro got to shred some waves together while everyone else had cocktails on the beach. Moments like these make you realize how lucky you are to live this life! I truly believe that getting injured at this time of the year was a blessing! There is no way I would have done all this awesome stuff if I was not hurt. Everything happens for a reason, you just have to roll with the punches... I enjoyed my time off snow, but I cannot wait to get rad on the snow in three weeks!