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She's Only Human

by Amy Crouse June 22, 2015

We love the bold, beautiful spirit of professional skier and Olympic hopeful Annie Pokorny. Bolder Band Headband wants to follow her through the trials and tribulations and elation of training for the big show: the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. Every month Annie will share some insight into her training so we can train along with her and follow our dreams as well.

Band of the Month: GI Jo (teamwork/game faces are best with friends) 

Motto of the Month: "If things seem under control, you are just not going fast enough" -Mario Andretti 

Song of the Month: Two Heads, by Coleman Hell: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSYM3Z9B8Us 

Exercise of the Month: The beginning of the summer is all about strength and endurance building. To build up my core strength, I try to do as many active core exercises as possible, which means I've made great friends with my TRX ropes. My favorite exercise right now is a moving plank, where you put your elbows on the ground with your feet suspended parallel to the ground behind you. Rock forward and back 15 times, keeping a solid, straight plank and engaged core. Repeat 3x. 

Challenge I overcame in May: Halfway through the month, I had surgery to prevent a melanoma growth on my arm, which left me with thirty stitches and an existential headache. Not only did I have to take time off training, I faced my first real encounter with mortality, which, as a 22-year-old professional athlete, I didn't expect to have a cancer typical to older people. 

After time off, and a good deal of thinking, I'm back to training, but taking it easy on my right side. I'm lucky to have caught the growth before it got moving too fast, and encourage all athletes, no matter how old, to make appointments for skin checks ASAP, and, as always, wear sunscreen. (Read more about Annie’s experience on her blog here). 

  Goals for June: June is my first month of team training, so all nine contingents of my team, SMS T2, are en route to meet in Vermont to kick off the summer with big workouts and group adventures. After training solo this spring, I want to bring my best energy to the group dynamic and remember that the individual is only as strong as the group. 

Parting Fun Fact: The Summer Solstice is June 21st at 1:16 pm. It's a Sunday and also Father's day, so, plan accordingly!

Amy Crouse
Amy Crouse


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