Two weeks ago, the weather in Canmore was full-on summer with no end in sight. The temperatures in Canmore were as hot as ever, and not a raindrop had fallen in months. Quite the contrast to what the weather had been in New Zealand at the previous training camp. The team only had a short time in Canmore between New Zealand and our next training camp in Mammoth Lakes, California. As the team piled into the van on our departure from Canmore headed to the airport for that training camp, there was a sprinkling of rain. Over the next week, it went from the high 20s to snowing. Got to love mountain weather! Being away from Canmore you could say we missed it all; think again. The team woke to the final day of training in Mammoth Lakes with a couple of inches of fresh, very wet, snow on the […]
Three weeks ago, a fellowship formed to destroy the Ring. The One Ring to rule them all. Battling the harsh but breathtaking terrain of New Zealand. Through clear skies and blizzards, they continued, knowing the importance of what they were doing. Wait… Sorry, wrong story. The location holds true to my most recent adventure. August is the time of year where I make the long travel down to the Snow Farm Lodge. It has been an annual Training Camp of mine now for several years. Each year it proves yet again how beneficial it is. This year was no exception. It was a fantastic camp in all regards. There were a few occasions over the three weeks, where the weather blew in; hard! Trust me; I felt very much like the Fellowship of the Ring as they battled the blizzards in the mountains. With no trees, up at the Snow […]
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It’s strange to think this way, but the dusk has set in on my summer. In the next 24 hours, I will travel back to New Zealand for the team’s three-week on-snow training camp. It has always been an adjustment to go from near (or above) 30°c to Winter’s chill, at the Snow Farm, of -5°c or so. It is not just the temperature, or seasonal change (from high Summer to mid Winter) that I think makes the greatest impact from this camp. For me, the New Zealand camp acts as a turning point in the training season. Returning home from the New Zealand camp, the rest of the training season seems to flash by, before the sudden realization of being on the eve of the competitive season. This camp seems to act as the starting point for the late Fall and Winter’s planning. The realization that Winter is near. […]
All of a sudden we were in Sapporo, Japan for the final World Cup of this season. The first race there for me may have been my best in Japan. A 10km Free, in which I was skiing technically very well. For the most part, I had a good snap to my movements and could get the power down into the snow. Had the opportunity to ski with some of the Visually Impaired Skiers and was able to stick with them. Though in the end, I had to turn on the burners and charge to the finish line. If the 0.4seconds in PyeongChang hurt, it was nothing to being fourth yet again but this time by only 0.1seconds. That was consecutive races (20km total distance) finishing in fourth on both occasions by a combined time of 0.5seconds. Should have worked on my finish line lunges! The final Cross Country race […]
About a year ago, I along with my coach put together a plan, focused on the upcoming season but also the larger picture of performance at the Games in 2018. It was decided to target the World Championships as the competition to be at my fastest. The second focus for the season was at the Paralympic Test Event in PyeongChang, Korea. It was a tight turnaround between wrapping things up in Germany, flying back to Canmore before continuing westward to Korea. Having some previous experience in PyeongChang made the transition go smoothly and as efficient as possible. First up was the Biathlon Sprint. I pretty much continued from where I left off. I was clean on the range but was out-skied on course to finish second on the day. A good start to the World Cup. Next up was the big test, a 20km Cross Country freestyle race in warm, […]
I might be a little late writing this update, but I needed some time to catch my breath after that season. A whirlwind season, which I could not have even imagined back in November. Though the first World Cup of the season was in December, it seems so far away now and yet the whole season flew by. As I was flying home from Finland, I was thrilled with the week I had had. Five races, where I earned a spot on the podium in four of them and my worst race was a fifth place finish. Little did I know then that it was only the beginning and it wouldn’t even be my best week this season… The next international competition that I raced at was World Championships in Finsterau, Germany. The two goals that I had for myself going into Worlds were one; to stay healthy. On both […]
After a month since my first race of this season, it was time for the serious racing to start- IPC World Cup action in Vuokatti, Finland. I returned to Vuokatti coincidentally one month shy of a decade since I stood at the start of my very first World Cup race (which was also in Vuokatti). Vuokatti has been a regular stop over that decade, having visited the town almost every season since I started. The schedule was not an easy one. I was planning on racing potentially five of the possible six races in eight days. I was excited to start the season off with a Classic Sprint. I thought it would be a great way to build into the racing and prepare for the following days’ Biathlon Sprint. Classic Sprints have been, in the past, a strong discipline for me. Over the past year, I have been working and […]