Training for the Day versus Planning for the Year
My guest this week is Johnny Collinson. Johnny is a professional skier and alpinist from Snowbird, Utah who became the youngest person to climb all 7 summits, including Everest, at the age of just 17. That same year, he became a Junior Freeskiing World Champion and hasn’t looked back since, becoming one of the most respected big mountain skiers in the world. Johnny is currently rehabbing a torn ACL and expects to be back on the snow in February.
In today’s episode we discuss a range of topics including building long-term versus short-term goals, how to bring a cautious mindset into a sport that requires a lot of risk, working toward staying healthy and having a long career, and pushing through the inevitably tough days.
2:33 – Training for the Day & Plan for the Year “You’re keeping your body in a more controlled zone and upping the risk factor with the actual environment, so I think I’ll be doing a bit more of that – ski mountaineering and foot-powered trips.”
10:44 – The Thrill “We call if hucking your meat. It’s pretty calculated and a little bit just throwing caution to the wind.”
15:50 – Me vs. Me Athletics “I’ve always been fairly cautious. You know, as a kid when you’re with all your buddies at a sleepover and they’re all doing backflips on the trampoline, I was never really one to be like, ‘I want to do backflips.’”
22:23 – The Seven Summits “And I remember pretty vividly on Everest, walking back down, I was like, ‘Man, walking down is a pain in the ass. I would so much rather be skiing down this mountain right now.’”
30:00 – Career Longevity & Goals “If you really love just being in the mountains, you’re going to want to do what it takes to stay there.”
35:13 – Pre-Run Rituals & Johnny’s Best Day “When I get some nervous tension, I click my poles a lot.”
40:20 – Inevitable Tough Days “You’re just making so many more decisions that feel completely life-threatening, and sometimes you get to the bottom [of the mountain] and you’re glad that it’s over with.”
51:30 – Physically Difficult Situations “You know, I had a couple bouts of pulmonary edema when I was 17.”
58:10 – What are you stoked about for this upcoming year (other than getting back on snow) “I think it’s a really fun thing to have something totally separate from my first passion of skiing. Something that will last longer than my skiing can.”
About Matt Wan
Matt Wan is the Founder and CEO of Momentous. Matt grew up in Jackson Hole, Wyoming where he developed a passion for sports, including running and skiing. His fascination in nutrition and training started at a young age when the San Francisco 49ers Strength Coach Dave Scholz took Matt under his wing in the 6th grade. Dave, now an advisor to Momentous and the Head Strength and Conditioning coach at Texas Tech, systematically introduced Matt to the world of performance training and nutrition, and Matt’s obsession grew from there. Matt founded Momentous and dropped out of Harvard the next year to pursue the business full time.