Finding Fitness and Earning It

Now three weeks back in Thunder Bay and I’m starting to feel a bit more like a skier than just an exercise junkie. Over the summer I managed to amass some ridiculous amount of fitness, but my body was somehow left behind – I couldn’t find function for the fitness with ski-specific workouts. To remedy this,…

Sustainability

Summer is creeping to a close – as is my time at home, time with a job, time before school starts, and time to make decisions about the upcoming ski season. To alleviate the concerns and doubts that people have expressed about my future as a skier: I promise that I’ll be on the start line this winter. This…

Changes

After returning from my trip to Norway, I dove (more like belly-flopped, really) right into a full-time summer job at a bike shop in Barrie. I like cycling as a sport and activity, so being involved in a bike-centric atmosphere and learning about bikes has been awesome – albeit a slow, deliberate process (there’s a lot going on).…

Crisped

Before now, I’ve never had to deal with compelling evidence that I’m not good enough. Compelling evidence being the numbers on the results sheet at the end of the day. I know a lot of people don’t like to talk about the numbers, because racing is about a lot more than digits and decimals… but at the end of the day, you’re not going to get picked for the National team, or World Championships, or the Olympics because you tried hard.

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,…

Fast and Furious Fall Follow-Up

Fall is in the air. The mornings are cooler, the days growing shorter. The leaves rustle as they become crisp, changing colours. The air has a distinct smell to it; it smells like winter is coming. There isn’t much time left now before the ski season will be fully underway, and I don’t have much…

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.…

Where the motivation went

The blogging hiatus did not last as long as I thought it might, at least not when I look at the calendar. When I think absentmindedly about how long I’ve been under the mental strain that led me to the hiatus, it feels like a longer time though. Writing blog posts serves several purposes for…

NDC Roster: Sadie, Sam, Scott

Congratulations on making it to the final instalment of the four part NDC Roster series. It’s been a bit of a haul for me, some of the profiles seemed a bit stale and weren’t quite as personable as last year… but overall I think I have accomplished my goal of introducing the team and providing…