effort come with bruises.
Tom is, literally, busting his ass to qualify for Midwest regionals this year. Here is some video evidence of said ass-busting.
Unfortunately, he is at a level where he is progressing, but can't quite anticipate an oncoming slalom crash. With practice, hopefully he will learn to recognize an impending shit sandwich, and avoid it. Until then, well, like Dr. evil says
A hard knock life indeed.