Husaberg's Nick Fahringer was on a rollercoaster of a year in 2011. He worked his way to the top in the National Enduro's, only to be halted with a knee injury by September. He's a funny, educated athlete that can tell you all about self-motivation in this week's Catalyst.
I can't eat enough. I eat a big meal, and I am hungry an hour later. That is probably why I like enduros, snack breaks about every 45 minutes. I like to eat a bit of everything. I mostly eat chicken and whatever fruit and vegetables I can get. I've been on a major sweet potato kick lately.
I don't spend much time in front of a television. If I do I like to watch anything that can pull my attention away from real life. I can watch about any kind of movie. But most TV shows out there are terrible, no reality tv please.
I have been trying to read more, especially since getting hurt last summer. Aside from all the dirt scoot rags, I have tried to read some stuff to help me focus more. There are books out there to help with anything. Reading really settles me down through the daily ups and downs of racing, Sunday and working my butt off all week.
I always have music blasting on my stereo, typically not stuff you will hear on the radio. I'll listen to a lot of punk and classic rock but I mix in all sorts of stuff. Although I have particular taste in music, my mood for what I listen to shifts all the time. I don't listen to music to pump me up for a race but to calm me down before I go to the line.
The World Wide Web
I check my email, weather, and dirt bike news daily. But I try not to spend too much time online. Life's better living offline, not online. Speaking of online, www.nickfahringer.com is getting updated soon I promise!
Comes from myself. Nobody really pushes me, I just like to do better every time and find what level it takes to reach my personal best. I can be hard on myself if I know I could have done better. So I push hard to not let myself down.
The Down Time
Either goes by too fast or it's not long enough. Riding motorcycles is like an addiction for me as well as my job. I need to do it whether I want to or not! I stay so busy with racing I have to make a conscious effort to get away from it. I like to spend time doing just about anything from kayaking, hanging out with good friends, live music, playing music, building things, and trying new things. It's hard slowing down to enjoy certain things but, it is truly worth it.