Monday, 27 October 2014

Goodbye Rollerskis, Hello Frozen Thunder!!

Canmore is such an amazing place to live. We have the Rocky Mountains, the friendly Olympians, and of course (during October and November at least) Frozen Thunder!! Frozen Thunder is a 2km ski loop that the Canmore Nordic centre saves under saw dust over the summer and lays out for skiing in the fall. It gives athletes like me a chance to get on snow earlier than most people in Canada and also to meet some other amazing and inspiring athletes that are some of my biggest heroes!

Frozen Thunder

A random beautiful sunrise i felt was necessary to put in

This past weekend i also had an Alberta Ski Team camp, where we joined together with the Ontario Ski Team, the BC Ski Team, and the National Talent Squad to make one big super camp! It was really fun hanging out and training with some girls that i normally only see on the start line, and it was also good to hear some technique feedback from some different coaches as well. On Saturday we did a group scavenger hunt around Canmore which was super fun too!! Unfortunately i was in charge of taking the pictures for our team so i'm not in too many of them.

 My team (L-R): Alex, Erika, Thomas, and Max

 Taking an ice bath.. well, kinda

Alex hugging it out with Dahria

"We found the toilet paper roll!!"

Counting the stairs by the hydro plant (145)

Embarrassing ourselves in Starbucks

Cant wait to see these guys again at ski races!!

During this camp was also the annual Frozen Thunder sprints! We raced a 1.6km loop (longest i've ever sprinted) on frozen thunder. There was also a distance race today (that i skipped school to watch!) where the men did 6 laps of frozen thunder (15km) and the women did 4 laps (10km). Heres some pictures from the sprints (photos by my dad - he had to leave early so these are only from the qualifier)..

 A friend and fellow Alberta Ski Team athlete of mine, Sara McLean

 Morgan going for it

 Feeling strong on my first lap

 Lucky number 13!!

 Emmy kicking-ass

Lauren killing it

Here's the pictures from the distance race today..

My brother Matt got to race Devon and Andy!!

Congrats to Devon who won the race today!

 Liz Stephen hammering

Ida looking fast

Dahria skiing with Jessie Diggins!!

 The funnest part of today was meeting the US ski team girls after the race!!
Here's me, morgan and my sister clara talking to Jessie

Chillin' with Liz

 Picture Time!

A great way to end a weekend of fun is to get a picture with some of your heroes!!

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Summer Training

An Update on Summer Training!

Wow! I didn't realize how long its been since my last post! The entire summer's gone by! So I wanted to fill you in on what i've been up to for my summer training this year with the team!

The first big camp we went to was the Haig camp in July. 

Morgan stretching on the heli pad

My awesome blisters!

Random training days in Canmore are always fun too!

My majestic dog Jett

My majestic sister Clara

Skiing up Norquay with Emmy and Morgan

Morgan flying in for a photo!

But the most unexpected and best training day all summer for me was our team training day last wednesday. Where it SNOWED! Snow in September? Whaaaaaaaaat?

There was so much snow, i couldn't make it to school!

The view from my front porch, Brrrrrrrrr!

xc stadium skiing with the girls! Super fun!

My coach Al photo bombing Lauren! 

Morgan, Emmy, and Georgia all bundled up!

The best skiing in September i've ever done!

Friday, 20 June 2014

Alberta Ski Team

I am very happy to say that after my difficult season this year, I have made the Alberta Ski Team!!! I'm really proud to represent my province in my races this year, and I'm excited to work with the awesome coaches with the Alberta World Cup Academy.  I have to thank my coach Alain Parent for helping me achieve this goal because making this team was something I was working hard for this past ski season!

On another note, spring training is great in Canmore right now, we had snow up until April this year!!! Here are some pictures from some spring snow training in Canmore.

Rocking the pink tights!

Morgan lunging over a creek through the middle of the stadium

I'm looking forward to the awesome spring and summer training ahead, and I'm super excited to join the Alberta Ski Team for this year's ski season!

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Living the Dream

Living the Dream

Throughout my skiing and racing career, I have created, accomplished, and made new goals and dreams that have helped me in becoming the best skier that I can be.  For this past season some of my big goals for skiing were to recover from an iron deficiency I faced, stay healthy throughout the whole ski season, and to win a gold medal at Nationals.  All of these things are important to me in their own ways.  At the start of last ski season, there was no way I had thought that by the end of it, I would have accomplished all three of these goals.  This past week was the Haywood Ski Nationals in Corner Brook, Nfld.  I had a super fun time seeing all of by buddies from out East and having some awesome competition in my races.  Here are some pictures from Nationals:

Killing it in the Quarter Finals!

Super fun 5km course

Tough heat in the Team Sprint with partner Emmy - Go Team Pink Hats!!!

Close heat in the A Finals

Living the Dream!

This season was one of the greatest learning experiences of my life.  For racing I learned to never, ever ever give up, I learned to not over think things, and I learned to believe in myself.  All three of these things are things that are going to help me in achieving my goal to be the best skier in the world.  For me this season has been absolutely incredible.  An iron deficiency at the beginning of the season to a gold medal at Nationals by the end wasn't achieved by only myself however; I have had the support from many people throughout the whole season who have helped me to get where I am now.  Some of these people are:

- My coach Alain Parent: Who helped me with the recovery process from my iron deficiency with fixing my training program, and who believed in me throughout the entire season. Thanks Al!

- My sponsor One-Way: Who have been with me throughout the whole year, and who helped me in accomplishing me goals.  Thanks One-Way!

- My good friend Morgan: Who believed in me from start to finish, and who has helped me in becoming a better skier. Thanks Morgan!

- My coach Kathy Davies: Who coached me for so many years, and who is still there for me when I need some support.  Thanks Kathy!

- My club teammates from Canmore Nordic: Who have pushed me during training and have helped me through all of my ups and downs this year.  Thanks team!

- My teammates and heroes from Team Ninja: Who mentored me this season and helped me to learn to have fun with skiing while still being completely kick-ass! HIEEEYAAA! Thanks Ninjas!

Something one of my many ski heroes Kikkan Randall once said was that there are steps to achieving your dreams.  Something she does is she makes a dream, she believes in herself, she trains hard and achieves her dream, then she shares her dream and finally, makes a new dream.  Because I've shared my dream, I guess the next step is to make a new dream. 

Today is the start of a new year, a new training season, and another chance to achieve my dream.  

I can't wait!