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Happy Birthday America 💥🍻
We decide to celebrate our independence with a family bike ride. My 8 year old daughter Nayeli has made a habit of stealing my bike on the climb since mine so dang smooth. Rather than being chapped about it I’ve decided to embrace it. I count anything that gets her more into mountain biking as a win. Also halfway through the ride Malachi gave me his hoodie to carry. This is the dad life. Swipe to see the clown bike send. Happy 4th Everyone! #USA #Corona4th #MTB
30. It might sound silly, but as a kid I never envisioned making it to 30. All of the things that my young self wanted to accomplish should happen before 30.
Once I hit 29 last year and realized that I was probably going to make it, I started to change my mentality to trying to make it an exceptionally epic year. I put a lot of pressure on myself and my family to have a perfect year. I alternated between smiling and gritting my teeth, depending on the day. As the month of June has worn on, the state of unrest and uncertainty in our world has highlighted something that has been true all along, but I haven’t allowed myself to recognize. I DO NOT have control. I cannot change most of the things that upset me. A lot of the time I can’t even think of something to say about them. I have had small battles with depression every time I have been injured in my career, but this year has been the first time I have battled depression without injury. I have been feeling hopeless, helpless and on the brink of despair. I have had to recognize my need for God’s help. I have had to relearn to depend on other people.
The truth is it has been a really tough year. Among the most difficult of my life. The beauty of loss and challenge is that they help to highlight what you DO have. Completing my 30th lap around the sun, I recognize that I am broken and weak, but that I still have much to be thankful for. I am thankful for this past months struggle because it has shown me that I have been finding my identity in my accomplishments. If the world never opens back up, a professional competition skier has little left to accomplish. If I continue to find my identity in those accomplishments my hopelessness will only increase. Starting today, I am choosing to redefine my identity once again. I am not going to be defined by what I can do, but who I am. I am a child of God, a husband, a father, a brother and a friend. I will continue to work hard and try to change the game, but I won’t let my happiness depend on it. Today I get to turn 30 on the 30th in 2020. 30+30+20+20. Thanks for being part of the journey and helping me get here! Lets keep it 💯 . 📸 @love_aherz
You know it’s true love when...
1. You still want to date each other after 80 days stuck inside together.
2. She still kisses you even with a patchy childish ‘rona beard.
3. You start to consider yourselves 𝘨𝘰𝘰𝘥 at fighting.
4. You’re not afraid of the world coming to an end, as long as you get to ride into the sunset together.
Quarantine day: 1,564,397.... ⠀
I’m almost 30, which means that now more than ever it’s important to keep the young guns on their toes. “Dave, do you think you could do a 360 on a scooter?”⠀
Overconfident me: “Probably.” ⠀
I’m not 30 yet, beaches.
One year ago I had the most traumatic day of my life. I took a crash in which I remembered almost kissing my right toe. While I lay moaning in the transition I realized that I could move my hip, but not the rest of my leg, something wasn’t connected. I told the doctor on site that my femur was broken and she asked me how my pain level was. “I’m not in a lot of pain yet, I’m probably just in shock.” Minutes later I begged her for some pain meds, but I wish I hadn’t. I feel like the pain meds stole some clarity of mind that I desperately needed in such a crisis. They loaded me on a helicopter and sent me off to the nearest hospital.
What followed was the loneliest that I have ever felt in my life. I was alone at a hospital in a foreign country even though I knew that my family were probably on their way to support me. At first the doctors and nurses tried to bully me into signing the papers and going right into surgery. After I made it clear that I wasn’t going to sign anything until I could speak to my doctor back home they changed their tune and were more supportive. @cooper.andrew answered the phone when I called him in spite of the fact that it was 2 in the morning and got the entire US Ski and Snowboard medical department working to make sure that I was going to get the best surgery possible for the situation I was in. By the time I signed the papers I felt assured that I was making the right move. I woke up hours later with a shocking large incision from my knee to my hip, and still none of my family or friends were there. Finally my sister @ywise and @aissociation snuck in and let me know that they were there. I hadn’t realized how alone I had been feeling.
My wife and kids had been planning on flying home the next day but they cancelled those flights so that they could stay and support me. I spent 11 days in the hospital before I could fly home. I had to humble myself and embrace my own weakness, brokenness and inability to be master of the situation. I was finally aware of my powerlessness. It was immensely freeing. I was able to admit that I wasn’t in control, but God was.
#oneyearago #anniversary #surrender #itshisstory2020
Spring is always my favorite time of year because there is still snow on the mountains but the days are longer and you can bike or hike or fish too. This spring is obviously unique for everyone but there are still things to be thankful for. Today I’m thankful for legs to climb up the hill and a wifey to go exploring with @icannotfail (without interacting with any other people 😉). Make sure you are getting outside and getting some excercise. Stay safe, but also stay sane.
A #latergram of @coltonshafft.mp3 and I practicing backcountry social distancing.
At first, the introvert in me loved the opportunity to take a break from interacting with people, both on social media and in person. As the weeks have stretched on I have grown more and more hungry for in person human community. It’s hard to know what you have until you miss it. As we weather these hard times as a global community I think it’s important to hold on to some positives along with all the trials. I know I’m going to walk away from this with far greater gratitude for the people in my life. What lessons are you going to carry out of COVID? 📸 @tylercurle