Catch up with members of the PSIA-AASI National Team, and candidates invited to the 2021 Team Selection, as they discuss how they are staying in shape this summer, making goals for next winter, and creating new education resources for the association.
This week we catch up with AASI Snowboard Team member Tony Macri.
How are you staying busy?
I am staying busy mountain biking and working out. I recently had my knee scoped to clean up an old injury, so now I’m working to strengthen my knee in preparation for the upcoming season. I have also been participating in division tech chats via Zoom. I love the ability to connect with so many people from all over the country.
What is your go-to offseason workout?
Typically, I don’t have an off-season as I am normally in New Zealand. This year my offseason is all about staying active and doing what I love. I recently got a new mountain bike and have been exploring the trails. As far as a “workout,” I don’t like the word because it seems like work! I get into better shape when I enjoy playing, and this year that means lots of biking. Other than the legs and lungs getting worked, I have also been focusing on seeing the line and decision making when riding.
Big goals for next season?
Physically the big goals are to hopefully not loose any traction as to where I was before the season was cut short. As we get older, especially with the freestyle stuff, I don’t want to lose those abilities. Mentally, the goal this year is to be able to keep the foot on the gas with training and education whilst making people feel safe in today’s new world with Covid.
Which digital resource would you recommend for other members?
It really depends on what people are looking for. I am a firm believer in utilizing all the resources. For example, there are quite a few people that don’t do much freestyle, and therefore don’t look at the Freestyle Manual. This is a great resource to look to as for creative progression building and fear management. There’s also some cool stuff about Self Efficacy.
Favorite snowboard movie?
I really enjoy watching “Defenders of Awesome.” I love the creativity of Scotty Sleepy Stevens.
What educational initiative or taskforce project are you working on right now?
The Freestyle Taskforce is continuing to work on building out the performance guide. I’m also working on the freestyle e-learning course.
Any shout out you would like to share?
Yes, I would like to tell everyone to please be smart and stay safe. Particularly to those who are working on snow now at the Woodward camps in Colorado and California, as well as the Mt Hood peeps—thanks for keeping the stoke alive! And to those who are feverishly planning how we can do this thing safely once the snow flies. Thanks for your dedication!