The last few months, well, I guess almost 7 months have been busy. I worked for a while at a job I really disliked but paid well. Fortunately I was able to pull myself out of a deep debt that i got into while living, skiing, and racing in Europe last season. I spent a week up on the Whistler glacier training with my team members, American racers, and developing junior racers.
I have been dealing with antics in the admin side of Telemark, have moved up to Vernon, program planning for BC Telemark, working at a local ski retailer, and training hard.
Through the fall a lot of my training has been on base fitness while roller skiing to develop my technique. Cross Country opened just over a week ago at Silver Star so I have been nordic skiing and, I'm actually starting to like it. My technique has improved significantly thanks to BC skate coach Marie-Cat Bruno and I'm excited to get onto Telemark skis next weekend (or maybe a ski tour sometime this week).
Long story very short, it's been a busy few months. Motivation has gone up and down, priorities changed, and now with snow on the ground and winter upon us, I'm very excited to ski.
My racing plans for this year are quite different from last year. I will do one block on the World Cup which will be down in Colorado, I will race the Western Canadian Championships, Whistler Telemark Race, Alberta race, and possibly the USA National Championships. The step back in World Cup racing is 2-fold. Primarily, it is too damn expensive and I don't have the financial support for this. I lost a lot of money last year and while I improved an incredible amount and had a fantastic experience, I cannot justify it again. Secondly, while I skied really well, the theme of the year was that I could not race well. So by stepping back a bit, I'm hoping to spend a lot of time training, getting better at my jumping and skating, and also gaining race day confidence at a lower scale which I hope will contribute to better racing. That being said, I will still need financial support to accomplish these goals.
I have been fortunate to receive Value in Kind support from many companies and people which I would like to thank.
- Racks Unlimited in Calgary for donating Thule bars and a ski box (picture in the next few days)
- Marie-Cat Bruno and The Sole Mate for her skate coaching and orthodics
- AMH for continued support with Leki and Alpina Products
- Turner/Kelowna Audi for a large donation in vehicle maintenance and making sure every thing runs great for the winter season
- Steve and Thrive Physiotherapy for help battling some chronic issues and pains for top performance this year.
- Marker Volkl Canada for providing me with race skis for the season
- Guy Paulsen and Silver Star Mountain Resort for continued support of Telemark
Team sponsors are still being finalized and I'm excited to get in some new gear.
Some media to follow. New website should be up soon with a Twitter feed!
Whistler Training, July 2013
Whistler Training, July 2013
Silver Star, November 10, 2013
Cross Country Trail Race. September
Roller Ski Training, Late October
Skate Training, Nov 16
Back to Whistler in July