Way north to Whitehorse

The second half of the Tour took a turn for the better. You won’t recognize that on the result sheet though, those were still pretty bad. But my mindset was considerably better. Was I still frustrated that I felt and was racing so poorly? Absolutely. Was I racking my brain and agonizing over it? Nope.…

World Champs – Part 2

Conditions in Seefeld were pristine. Conditions in Rasnov were, well… there was some snow. Our team arrived in Romania on February 18th after spending the earlier part of the week training in Seefeld. Given a couple more days to explore, I found some more great trails but unfortunately wasn’t able to make the most of…

Thunder Bay to Seefeld -World Champs Part 1

The normality of the World Championship trip so far has been remarkable. Normal by comparison to other racing trips I’ve done in the past. The travel from Thunder Bay, through Toronto and Montreal to Munich went smoothly, as did the drive from Germany’s second largest airport to Seefeld, Austria. Less could be said with the…

Step by step, on to Worlds

    The tone was different at the Under23/Junior Trials at Lappe last weekend, compared to my previous experiences competing and spectating at the event. It may have just been my perception of it though. Arriving at Trials after a mostly downhill rollercoaster of racing at US Nationals the week prior, I felt pretty relaxed.…

Forêt Camp

Winter is fast approaching along with the start of the racing season. With less than three weeks until the first official races of the year the focus and specificity of training has been ramping up. I am now just on the tail end of a 10-day training camp at Forêt Montmorency where I’ve put in over…

Quebec Camp + PEI Bike Tour

After the first day of downpour in Mont Saint Anne, we had much better fortune with the weather. For all but one of the following thirteen days of training we were graced with sunshine and rainbows, and icecream. We made several trips to the Bar Laitier (literally, the Dairy Bar. amazing) in Beaupre – just down the…

Indy Trip and Quebec Camp

The cabin fever is getting pretty real here in Quebec. We’re now into the third day of the camp, and as many without WiFi. As the wise Joni Mitchell once sang: “you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.” And without WiFi, we have all come to realize how silly-attached we are it to.…

NDC Roster: Julian, Katherine, Mia, Mike

Welcome back to Part 3 of the 2015 edition of the NDC Roster series. I think I’m starting to run out of steam for these, I haven’t built up enough blogging base to be turning out so many posts in so early in the season. Hopefully I don’t over-blog… Part 1) NDC Roster: Alannah, Andy,…

Testing Week & New Team

After a few more days of sunshine, snow, and skiing, it was time for me to pack up my bags and head back to Thunder Bay from Canmore. After saying goodbye to Andrew, Carrie, Jazz, Josie, Ben, and Zoe (my hosts and their cats), I was up and on my way eastward for NDC Boot Camp.…