TLW: To the people who just follow your life on social media, it may look like you’re pretty carefree. You’re always on the go, driving around, riding with friends and having fun. How much of that is actually work?
CS: It is all work. I try to stay busy and productive everyday – no days off. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes that I do not portray in my social media. Every time I ride, there are about ten things I am trying to work on and progress every time I drop in. All the trips I go on are either to build new things around Central Oregon, practice sessions, or they are film/photo shoots (which are work), but I try my best to have fun with all of it.
TLW: What is your typical schedule like when you’re home?
CS: It really depends on what I have on the schedule after I get home… If I have another trip coming up, it’s getting ready for that. If not; I unpack, catch up on calls, emails, managing sponsors, make sure my bikes are dialed, keep up with marketing and event planning at the Oregon Dirt Park, house work, pay bills, family time, etc.
With just 4 days until his departure, Carson had to completely break down his bike and pack it into a bike bag for a Red Bull shoot, only to reassemble it for one last training session the following day. These are the types of obligations that make hours disappear as athletes try to balance training and work.
TLW: When you get out to ride, is there always a goal or mindset of training or do you get out for some fun rides occasionally?
CS: I always try to progress at something when I go ride. Whether it’s learning something new, or learning to do something a different way, going faster, popping higher or landing smoother, I always try to do something new or different.
TLW: When do you start preparing for the Red Bull Rampage?
CS: It’s kind of a non-stop preparation thing. As soon as you get done with a Rampage, you know in the back of your head it is only a year away, so you have to keep up with your big bike riding always.
TLW: What are the most important factors for getting yourself ready for this event?
CS: Confidence, preparation, trust in your bike, trust in yourself.
TLW: Do you do anything differently, diet or gym wise to ramp up?
CS: I just ride as much as possible on every type of terrain, eat well, and focus.