Why winning is important

There isn’t enough winning – that’s what British track cyclist and multiple time Olympic medalist, Chris Hoy said was one of the hardest things about racing (if my memory serves me right). The first time I came across this quote, my better-trained reflex was to disagree. It isn’t all about winning. But with more time…

A Closer Look At Double Poling – Article

Last month I wrote an article for my team, NDC Thunder Bay. It was circulated to the team’s supporters as well as my own, if you are interested in taking a look at it yourself there is a link below as well as under Multimedia > Articles > September 2015. The article is a quick…

End summer training

Well, our Hayward training camp is a wrap. We drove back to Canada last Wednesday, stopping near Duluth for a roller ski on our way. The road we were planning to do the workout on was actually closed down for maintenance after some serious washout and debris damaged the road in a recent storm. Fortunately,…

Ontario Talent Squad and Ski Team for Dummies

That’s right, the second edition of “OST for Dummies” is here. Last year I wrote a post on what YOU had to do to qualify for the Ontario Development Team and/or the Ontario Ski Team. Since then, Cross Country Ontario has gone through and revamped the criteria and format for our provincial team. Not to…

The Tribulations of Trials

Well, just getting myself reacquainted with my dual skier-student life here in Thunder Bay, which has proven to be more trying than I anticipated…Last week I raced in Canmore, Alberta at the World Junior, U23, and Olympic trials. Canmore is a hostile environment. It’s at altitude, it’s dry, it’s cold, it smells like chemicals along…

Sleep – get on it!

Have you ever found yourself in bed during the wee hours of the morning, tossing and turning, mind racing, laying there just willing yourself to fall asleep? Well, if you haven’t then bless your soul and begone with you. … … … … … … … … … Thanks for joining me, fellow occasionally sleep…

Ontario Ski and Devo Team for Dummies

This may or may not be news for you… but I’ve just recently taken up the role as Athlete Rep for Cross Country Ontario!  As of right now I’m not entirely sure what this means… other than I am now responsible for hearing out your ‘athlete issues’,  doing what I can to help find answers…