Swimming with the shark

Have you ever swam over a mile in a lap pool? You know the feeling at the start, to think there are over 80 more lenghs coming, the water is cold, this will take forever? But then, towards the end, it gets so easy, and the last lap usually turns out to be the most enjoyable one of your entire swim... Now imagine your 1mile+ swim with a

A love declaration

   I used to hate the winter. I still hate the cold. The one thing powerful enough to let me make friends with the winter was snowboarding, after 14 years of struggling with it. Snowboarding has changed my life in so many ways. Far beyond allowing me to sympathize with winter, it enabled me to find and be myself. At age 13 I felt

From Jaegermeister to the Nirvana. Zooms on life.

Originally, this was a text about „Cheating, Killing and Chocolate Mousse.“ There were some fundamental thoughts leading from roadkill to the group dynamics of war and the question wheather 2 married women put less guilt on their shoulders when they have a threesome with a stranger than if they´d take him home alone, individually. I

In between. Munich Purgatory.

  It´s June. I haven´t written a personal blog in a long time. Didn´t feel like it. Wrote for another blog too, one that I couldn´t pour my heart into. Doing something half-hearted can take a lot more energy than going all in and forcing yourself to be more shallow than you truely are comes at a price. It´s hard to pretend, even if it

See what I see, feel what I feel

It starts with the squishing sound that snow only makes when the temperatures are almost unbearably low, a sound I haven´t heard in Germany in a long time. Either because global warming has already hit us too hard or because I´m barely at home through those coldest times of the year. This squeeking melody my feet create while

Biking on the bike path

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I used this analogy this summer that everybody´s life is like some kind of vehicle. You can be a boat or a racebike or a monster truck or if you want you could also be a unicycle or whatever else you can think of. So everyone is some kind of vehicle, thats our character, our personality, our soul, whatever we really are inside. It feels like by the path you chose in life, by all the decisions you make every day, you pick the terrain you ride/drive/paddle/… you vehicle on. If you are flowing with life, doing the right stuff, you are on the right terrain with your vehicle. Sure you can take the unicycle on the highway or the monster truck under water but it might be not as easy, good-feeling and other-oportunities-giving as if you stayed on the terrain that fits you most.

Sometimes i feel like life goes too fast, like i loose my track for a moment or its really foggy and i cant see what i am currently trying to ride my bike on , but then other days it all comes back really clear and things just make a ton of sense and i feel this deep happiness everything is exactly how it is supposed to be.

Today was one of those days. Rode jumps on peak 8 with friends in the morning. It was very motivating to ride with Chris who is lapping way faster than me which made me ride differently than i usually do. Nice new little turn on my life-path. Then it got super busy (thanks for the speed laping, that way we got more runs i usually get, everything happens for a reason right?) and the lines were so long everybody got tired of waiting endlessly for each run that they all left.

Earlier this year we found this supernice piano in the lobby of the One Ski Hill Place. When i asked then the people working there told me i cant play it. Today i went back to it. And they said i am allowed to play. It was the nicest piano i have ever played in my life, perfectly tuned, such great sound, perfect amount of strengh it takes to play the keys. After being in love with the Breckenridge jumps my newest big crush is that piano. I couldnt leave it for almost 3 hours, until i was so hungry i knew i needed to go.

Those riding and piano hours have put me back in tune with life 100%. I am biking my bike on the bikepath. I see and feel it. It´s awesome.

On top of this i will go swim some laps at the Breck rec center now. Water usually also does magic to balancing me. I already feel 100% on my track, but that swimming on top might make me come back even more happy and high on life that i will possibly write another amateur philosopher blog like this and dream the most amazing dreams all night.

Life is good. Biking on the bike path again.

Some christmas thoughts

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In Germany people celebrate Christmas mostly on the 24th of December. Sometimes also the 25th or 26th, but today, the 24th, thats the main day kids look forward since thats when you get your presents.

My family probably has (had?) a nice christmas but i am far away in Colorado. I got up early and spend most of my day riding amazing jumps on peak 8 at Breckenridge, later on did some clothing reviews for the new Oakley outerwear, cooking some food and trying to figure out Twitter.

Do i have to feel bad to spend my main christmas day snowboarding like most other days and not do anything special? To be honest i am totally fine with it. I wonder if it is because i am very rational and not religious, or maybe i have just grown out of the age where you cant wait to get showered in presents. Actually getting things as a present that i cant put to any use makes me feel bad. I think its bad how christmas sometimes makes people buy unnecesairy things for their friends and family just because they feel this pressure they have to have something to give to them. How many pieces of soap and random shower gels and bathroom kits has every girl gotten in her life because thats the easierst present people seem to come up with for us females? How many random un-usable decoration items have you gotten for your grandma because its hard to get something for grandmas , so often you end up with a fancy candle or some other deco stuff that will never really have another purpose but looking kinda nice?

Anyways. I appreciate hanging out with my family on lets say March 11th just as much as i appreciate hanging out on December 24th. I prefer seeing my mum wakeboarding in worn out surf shorts in August and sponteanously getting her new ones because she can use them to last-minute-december-23rd-buying her some shirt that i think looks good (because subconsciously i want it myself ).

Well… No christmas hate. Its nice if it makes a lot of people happy to buy overpriced flights and stress spending lots of last minute shopping-money buying unnecesairy items for their friends and family, if it makes them happy to do all this journey home with the expectations of perfect happy christmas (no expectations will make you happy. High expectations are a great way to possible unhappiness) ….

This might make you think i am a negative person. but i dont think i am. i am just realistic and have learned from my own experiences. And i truely enjoy snowboarding. I think i have been very happy today on my christmas day jumping around in the snow. That was my present to myself. To be here, not stress anywhere with presents that make no sense, just to go shred with friends and really enjoy to be where i am. When i come home Dec 31st my grandma can have a candle and my mum a shirt i want myself. maybe for my brother i will get some underwear he doesnt like and for my dad some cigars even though he doesnt smoke. I am also looking forward to receiving a book i will never read and some shower gel to stack up with the shower gels from 2008 and 2009. It will be sweet.

Merry christmas everybody!!!


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The end of a year is a good time to start making some changes. Today i made some changes i didnt think i would make anytime soon. I made a Twitter profile and started a blog. We will see if i can keep up with it since i have to admit that i am not much of a screen-person. I love the world outside.

I´m still in Breckenridge right now, i´ve been here all pre-season and it´s been amazing. I got another week of lovely Breckenridge-life before going back to Germany to spend 1-2 days in Munich and then go to the ONeill Evolution and European Open in Laax….

It’s on.

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Yes thats right. After being one of the last people on earth to not do facebook and generally be happy about every moment i dont spend in front of a computer screen i am doing this. I start a blog. I guess i am daring a lot this winter, first i finally got a US phone and now even a blog. I have to hurry up right now but will write something with better content soon. This is just my first blog step for today. I´m out for real steps in real snow in Breckenridge. In the real world. Back soon.

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