Lake Louise Women’s World Cup

After two years with out clicking into my downhill skis, I stepped into my bindings at Lake Louise. On Monday the day before official training started, we were there to do a test run of the track, with only a quick inspection of the course. Since crashing in my first downhill race speed has been something I have had to fight against I was nerves but I have been confident and comfortable on the slope before, so at the start I focused on calming my nerves and, keeping my  body forward to ski confidently. I had watched the run many times, and replayed it again and again in my head, helping grow my confidence to race down the Lake Louise downhill track. I came down to the bottom, wanting to improve and the desire to go faster; I was very proud of myself for what I accomplished that day.

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On day two the track was much faster, more than most of us expected. I was taken-aback by the speed and had a hard time trying to get ahead of it; looking forward, Then on the third day I was more nervous, and reflecting back, could have been in a better head space. Coming into the more challenging part of the course I may have had too much direction, gotten in the back seat or was thrown off by the snow structure.  The next thing I was heading towards the net, I thought for an instant “can I save myself?” Then I new that there was no chance and was going to end up in the nets. I rode along the suspended  a-net for what felt like a while, hit the snow, and slid down the pitch. I sat up with my lips numb from the cold snow. When I sat up I was in shock, trying to decipher what had happened. I got up and skied down with a patrol, still very much in shock.

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Since then it had been a bit of a battle, fighting the negative thoughts away, and questing the condition of my head. I was told to precaution this as a head injury, witch was very concerning for me considering my past. It seems though that I have only suffered from blunt force trauma to my back and neck, and I know I am lucky to get off with only a minor injury.

Things are seeming to be moving in a positive direction though. I spent the last few days of the race hanging out and being cared for by my parents and did some easy free skiing with my dad. I started to see physio, massage/sport therapist, and chiro, who are all helping me get back on my skis again.

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ALPINE SKIING

Photo Cred: Reuters
Lake Louise World Cup Downhill

ALPINE SKIING

Photo Cred: Reuters
Lake Louise World Cup Downhill

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Prepping for the Season

As the air becomes frigid and the trees turn golden, my anticipation begins to rise; the snow is coming. Whenever I head out on the road with my bike I am now never without leggings and the long sleeves my forest green merino wool. When the time comes for Autumn to introduce himself again my modes change as I begin to prepare. As we are securing a home for the winter and equipment gathering I cannot help but think about the next chapter that is about to begin.

As others have been preparing for the season by training in Portillo, Chile and Tignes, France, Steven and I are working hard at the physical aspects of training. Since we began our off-season training on July 8th the two of us have been in the gym four days a week and no less than 3 hours (except recovery week: 1-2 hrs). Yoga sessions, ultimate Frisbee, aerobic and anaerobic thresholds, recovery rides, 30-45 min core session and max intervals have some how managed to fit in between. No wonder why we are so anxious to  put on our ski boots.

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I can honestly say that were are stronger and more powerful than ever; beating personal records and pushing each other to do our best everyday, every session. Even after injuries and incomplete seasons, our training program put us back on track and will allow us to return to snow with bigger more powerful and agile bodies. I am confident in the steps in which the two of us have taken to prepare ourselves. Not being on snow at this time does not concern me, being that I want to return to the white iced mountains as healthy, powerful and motivated as I can be.

In the next three to four weeks I will be busy preparing for the season: packing ski bags to containers of food, prepping skis, mental training, securing our small apartment, and various other things. The next weeks will fly by and in not time I will be back on the mountains.

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Fire In My Belly

While driving with my dad, we came upon the topic of being obsessed.  He mentioned to me that it was similar to my focus towards skiing, inspiring this post…

I have put a lot of energy and time into what I do, and will continue to do so.  I want to work as hard as I can, and make it as far as I can in ski racing. I am beginning  to realize the commitment that it takes, hours in the gym, on the bike, resting  effectively and not always having time for other things. To really excel at what you do it takes a lot of time, energy, dedication, and focus. Some might say obsession. It does not come easy to be the best you can be.

To reach your potential  in any sport at some point will require 100 percent commitment to what you are doing. It does not come at an easy price. In the book by Terry Orlick, “In the Pursuit of Excellence,” there is a section in which he interviews Thomas Grandi. One of his question for Thomas was, “What kind of commitment does it take to achieve your goals in your sport?”(pg. 82) and Grandi’s reply was this,

“Every decision I make is weighted on weather or not it will help me in my quest. If something is not going to help me in this quest, it probably won’t happen. To reach the top of any sport requires a huge time commitment and huge desire.” (pg. 82-83)

There is this desire I have, a certain “fire in my belly”, that keeps me inspired. It is becoming a  persistent image in my head of what I want to achieve.  After some harsh set backs over the past couple of years with concussions, I continue to get back up.  I love what I do deep down. I love the life style, having something to work towards, and the learning process. I appreciate the lessons about life skiing has taught me and because of this I want to do it for as long as I can. In the end what I would like to gain out of this journey is a sense of accomplishment for myself and to give back to others for what they have given on the way. To be able to say, “Yeah, I did it,” and have others standing beside me sharing my success. I don’t know exactly where that point is but I believe that if I keep committed and working hard in all aspects I can achieve my personal excellence.

In my mind it is important to find a balance  between doing everything you can and knowing when it is enough. Between giving every last bit that you have and still finding joy in what you do. It is pushing your limits but also knowing when to give it a break . You need to find a balance between the two or else you will run out of esteem. That I believe is the difference between obsession and dedication.

“When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful” 

Thomas Grandi

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