Starting slowly

Sometimes you have to start small. Sometimes you have to start slow. Nationals have started slowly for me. Or rather, I’ve been going slowly at the start of Nationals. In the 5km classic I finished in 16th place, 2 minutes off the pace. It was a tricky day for waxing, with the temperature rising well…

Team Sprint day

Yesterday, I did some short race prep-intensity to get ready for the start of Nationals. My first race will be a 5km classic on Sunday. The workout went well, I’m starting to feel more residual energy in my body, but am still far from feeling spritely. We’ll see how things pan out this week. I…

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.…

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…

Racing from Yellowstone to Canmore

With two weekends of racing under my belt, I’m already three months ahead of schedule from last year – where I didn’t really get racing until mid-February. Needless to say, this season has started off on a much better foot than last year (pardon the pun). My first weekend of competitions (Nov 27-28) were in West Yellowstone,…

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…

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…