Wait, it’s August?!

This morning our fridge calendar caught my eye (photo) Apparently I’m not the only one who isn’t ready to be inside 5 months to the start of the race season… So as summer flies by, I presently find myself struggling through a tough week of training. It’s a rest focussed week, in case you were wondering.…

NDC Roster: The Rookies

This is final segment of a three part series where I have attempted to write accurate and entertaining bios for the athletes of NDC Thunder Bay 2014/2015. Parts 1 and 2 is already done and can be read here and here. Part 1 features the most senior members of the team: Andy, Alannah, and Bob. (complete)…

NDC Roster: U23 Men

This is Part 2 of a three part series where I am attempting to write accurate and entertaining bios for the athletes of NDC Thunder Bay 2014/2015. Part 1 is already done and can be read here, part 3 should be out sometime within the next week or so. Part 1 features the most senior…

NDC Roster: The Vets’

This is the first in a three part series where I will attempt to write accurate and entertaining bios for the athletes of NDC Thunder Bay 2014/2015. My goal is to have them all posted by mid-June, so check in for the next instalment sometime early next week. Part 1 features the most senior members of the team: Andy,…

Easy on the off

It seems like a lifetime ago that I last posted. It really hasn’t been that long though; just a few weeks. I think the change in scenery is what makes April seem like the distant past. It’s hot here in the SOD. Yesterday was an absolute stunner: sunny, 24C, easy breeze… and I’m not even…

Kamview Parking Lot: The Movie

Instead of a blog post, today I have a video! Yesterday (April 17th), our team went out to Kamview Nordic as part of the volume camp we’re doing this week. The conditions in Thunder Bay are still quite good, albeit quite icy prior to yesterday. Having skied out at Lappe for the previous 3 days…

NDC Adventure Ski – Spring Edition

You may remember, back in November, I wrote a post about a team “adventure ski”. If you missed it I recommend checking it out here: NDC Adventure Ski, and if you’ve already read it, feel free to go back to relive all the hilarity, and wallow in nostalgia – actually I think that’s reserved for me, the…

24hr Relay

The Lappe 24hr Relay was a very long, tiresome ordeal. Basically, Andy and I set a new 24hr Mixed Pairs record, skiing 455km in just under 24hrs, breaking the previous record which was held by our coach Timo and his wife Becky for 10years. Together we averaged lap times of 16:35 on the 5.27km course (which we…

Return of the OCup

What I thought was going to be a long lull in racing after Easterns until Nationals is actually not so long or even existent. There is quite a bit of racing going on right now for Canadians, in lots of different places. First and foremost would be in Sochi for the Olympics. Although I rarely plan…

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…