SKI racer Jai Geyer is back home for a couple of weeks recharging his batteries before resuming his pre-season training programme.
Geyer, who is 23 and lives with parents Adrian and Sue in Ipplepen when he isn't racing, is just back from nearly three weeks of training and racing in South America.
With an Olympic games coming up in Sochi next February, Geyer is going flat out to reach the qualifying standard.
Although Geyer left the Great Britain team earlier this year, he can still make the trip to Sochi by getting results on the slopes.
Racing in the South American Cup and Argentine National Championships was part of the process.
Geyer accepts he has plenty to do to qualify, but isn't about to surrender his dream.
"It is going to be difficult to qualify as Great Britain only get four places and two of those are already taken," said Geyer.
"One of the qualifiers is currently injured, which may make a difference, I don't know.
"I am confident I can make the level required, but whether that is enough is difficult to say."
Whatever the outcome of the season, Geyer said he would not forget the trip to Argentina and Chile in a hurry.
"It was been a dream to head down to the Southern Hemisphere in Argentina and Chile to train and compete for some time, the trip was an awesome experience, made possible thanks to support from WorldPay and my other sponsors," said Geyer.
Ushuaia - the southernmost town in South America – was the base for Geyer and his training squad colleagues for the first two weeks.
"I managed to get in some awesome Giant Slalom training on a piste that is bidding to hold World Cup events within the next two years," said Geyer.
"The icy snow conditions and cold temperatures have made Ushuaia a Mecca for ski racers, with the Swiss, French, German, American, Canadian, and Austrian national teams all using it for summer training."
Although the training went well, when it came to the race action not everything went according to plan.
The first race in Chapelco was cancelled due to bad weather, after a five-hour trip there from the airport.
The tour party headed to Cerro Catedral for a round of the Argentine National Championships, where Geyer nailed sixth place in a field of 98.
That should have been a launchpad for the remaining races, but it wasn't to be.
"With five races to go, several members of the group, including me, picked up a bug and missed two races," said Geyer.
"The third event was cancelled due to dangerously high winds.
"With two events to go we crossed the Border into Chile and I knew I really had to go for it in the last remaining South American Cup race in order to improve my ranking."
Geyer was seventh after the first round in Antillanca, seemingly on course for a boost to his ranking. It wasn't to be.
"I executed a fast second run, however a bit too much risk and an eagerness for the finish line led me to crash six gates from home," said Geyer.
Geyer said the trip had been worthwhile despite the problems. It's next stop Italy as the countdown continues to the European season.
"Although I didn't achieve all I had aimed for, I gained the much needed experience and continued to improve my technique," he said.
"I am off to Italy soon for some high-altitude skiing in Stelvio at 12,000ft.
"After that it is home for a week then back out to Europe, probably Austria.
"My first races are in Val Thorens in late November, two slaloms and two giant slaloms."