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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Photo Cred: Reuters
Lake Louise World Cup Downhill


Photo Cred: Reuters
Lake Louise World Cup Downhill


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.

DB Cleans

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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Power Squat and Trusty Spotter

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Getting Back on Track

I feel like I can finally see the light at the end of this tunnel, in the past two weeks I have been able to get back on track with school (over a month of not being able to do school does not leave me in the best place). I have also been able to put my self on the other side of these walls that I have become oh so familiar with again; being able to get outside and go for longer walks, without any symptoms has really brightened my spirits. Although there are still days where I don’t feel quite like myself and sometimes it’s hard to see that light, but I have to continue to tell my self that it is still there.

I need to start making little goals for myself everyday and begin to gain my strength back, and start feeling more like my capable self. I plan to start riding on my trainers soon, or maybe go for a really easy jog. I still have to be careful not to push myself to symptoms . As for larger goals, I am trying to make it back to Invermere to train for a few more weeks and work mostly on technique. I don’t have sights set on racing though, since my confidence will be something I will have to work on, I have also been told to be very careful to not hit my head again for a good while. Although this depends on how everything else works out, I need to be healthy and feeling great before I go back because unlike here, I have no family support out there. I also need to get ahead in my school since I am working towards going tree planting around the end of April so that I can help fund for my ski racing next season, plus I still plan on graduating this year.

Right now though I just need to take care of one day at a time.

I plan on continuing my blogging, focusing more on other aspects. I will write about other things related to what I am doing and thinking since the other aspects of my life have come to a halt. I am glad that I am now healthy enough to write again. Soon I will be posting a research essay about the changes FIS has imposed on race skis and continue with other positive posts.