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.…

Short season, sweet season

I’m going to do my shout-outs at the start of this post, because I have a niggling suspicion that no one actually sees them when they’re at the end… First of all, big ups to Team Hardwood for finishing 3rd in the club aggregate! With less than 20 racers, we rounded up 2122 points and…

Canada Games 8 – Relays

Yesterday was another (beauty) training day for cross country skiing. We went up to the nordic centre midmorning to test skis and re-inspect the courses. The final day of competition was today (Saturday) and was the relay event! The relay consisted of 4×3.75k legs, the first two in classic technique and the second two in…

Birthday intensity and sushi

The Canada Winter Games have arrived! Well, they actually started last week… but cross country skiing competitions take place in the second week of the Games – which we head out for tomorrow. The CWG only take place every four years, and is restricted to Under23 athletes for cross country skiing, so this is my…

Easterns – The Return

I was a little nervous about coming back to racing. February 1st was my 7 week-iversary of breaking my leg. That’s only a month and a half. I only started walking properly 3 weeks ago, at which time I also started skiing. At first my skiing was restricted to double poling, which around Lappe is not…

Frozen Thunder 2

I spent two more weeks in Canmore after my last update, which brought the total camp length up to 18 days, by far the longest of the season. Over the course of the camp I skied 478km which, on a 2km loop, is a lot of laps. It wasn’t until the last few days that…

Slumping and Snowdusting

This blog post will have minimal writing and mostly pictures because attempting a thorough one month recap would be ridiculous. Before I dive in… I feel like I’m in a slump right now. Usually I’m quite keen to update my blog and share the latest, but I just haven’t been feeling it lately (this must be how most athlete-bloggers…

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,…

Strength, OD, laundry and paceline sprints

Last time I left off Tuesday afternoon just as I was getting ready to go to an afternoon gym session. We were fortunate enough to have access to CXC’s weight room, which is about a 20minute drive from where we’re staying. It’s a bit of a quirky set up; located on a ground level floor of…