Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Snow to Surf and some other things (Turtles!!!!!!)



Aloha!

Some turtles taking a nap

Hello everyone! Thanks for taking the time to check up on my blog! I wanted to share some pictures from my time in Whistler downhill skiing and my trip to Oahu Hawaii. I was able to get in some quality rest and recovery, a couple of runs, hikes and some other fun cross training activities.
Since photos are a lot more appealing than words here a few of my favourites! 

WHISTLER- Winter fun

Skiing Whistler Blackcomb for the first time!


We spent 6 hours out skiing between the two mountains. That was a little more than I am used to for one day. I have to admit I was pretty sore when I got off the plane in Hawaii the next evening.


Colin and I at the top of Whistler Mountain

HAWAII- Oahu 


My trip to Oahu was fairly short, only 9 days including travel but we managed to fit in lots of activities and we were able to enjoy multiple North Shore sunsets. I have way too many sunset photos from this trip so I will only share one. 

Sunset on the North Shore of Oahu


The waves on the North Shore were still really big for this time of year. The first day we arrived there were swells 20 ft high. It was amazing to watch the experienced surfers play around in those massive waves. I stayed away fron the massive waves but I can say I have surfed the North Shore of Oahu! Which makes me very proud. Holly and I went to Puaena Point where the waves are smaller and safer and spent the day surfing! I had so so so much fun. Besides the excitement of actually catching waves there were turtles everywhere. Unfortunately I have no surf photos since I was in the water the entire day but here are some Kayak shots from when we were on the windward side of the island!


SEA KAYAKING- Windward coast

Sea Kayaking in Kailua



Holly paddling hard

We stopped on a little Island to have lunch and walk around. This Island was a bird nesting sanctuary so we could only walk along the edges of the beach
View of Oahu! Thank you to my great sponsor CAPITAL HELICOPTERS for the awesome hat! It kept me from burning under the bright Hawaii sun.

Beach Day! Holly soaking up a bit of sun on the gorgeous soft sand beaches of the windward coast

 North Shore Fun

Paddle boarding in Halei'wa 


Part way through our 2:45 run on the North Shore. We may have slightly miss judged the distance to the trailhead so our 2 hour run was a little longer. Beautiful view of the forest canopy in the background


 DAY HIKE


View from the top of Koko
The Climb- halfway up
On my second last day in Hawaii we stayed on the South Shore of Oahu. We took the bus 30minutes west of Waikiki to the Koko Crater. The Koko Crater has an old military rail bed that goes straight up it. This rail bed has been turned into a hike and it is about a 30-45min straight uphill climb to the top. Short but steep the view was well worth the work!
At the top of Koko Crater 

From the heat and surf of Oahu I came back to Whitehorse on the weekend and now I am back to skiing. I went out for a ski on the Mt. Mac trails yesterday with my dad and the conditions are still great! 

Thanks for reading, (Mahalo) 
Dahria









Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Nationals

 I am a little late on this post but the Internet at my hostel in Hawaii wasn’t the best, so here is the scoop on my last races of the season, the Haywood Ski Nationals in Whistler!
When it comes to Whistler everyone always talks about rain, rain, rain however I am yet to experience it. We had 2 weeks of beautiful sunny weather and amazing ski conditions for our races. I raced the 4 individual races.


My best race of the week was the 1.4k classic sprint. I qualified 6th in a very tight field with 1 second between 2nd and 6th. Feeling better in the heats than in the qualifier I won both my quarter and semi and was positioned well going into the final.  In the end I came up just short finishing with the silver medal behind Sarah who showed her strength all the way through. It was a great race, my skis were amazing and I was happy to be feeling better again after my rough start to the week.
Finish line- Sprint Silver
Sprint Podium (Silver)







The 10k classic was also a good race for me, I decided to go with lots of kick on my skis rather than good glide and I was glad I did as I strided past girls who had no grip on my 2nd and 3rd laps. Having done so little training in March prior to Nationals in attempts to recover from the excessive fatigue I was experiencing at the start of the new year, about 5k into my 10k race I started to realize how out of race shape I was... the lungs were burning. After my first race of the week having gone terribly, I had reframed and made a technique and pacing based plan for the 10k classic. This plan really helped me when my fitness was suffering and I was able to stay mentally strong, push through the pain and finish with everything left out on the trail. In the end it was better than I expected, a bronze medal and a step up onto the podium!



10k Classic podium! (Bronze)


I finished off the week with a 5th place finish in the 20k skate. It was a warm day with temperatures in the high teens. The best part of this race for me was being able to ski it with my best friend and former Yukon Ski Team teammate Kendra Murray. Kendra has been my training partner since I was 8 years old, so it was an amazing experience to be able to work together to each reach the best results we could on the day. Earlier in the week I also race the A final sprint with Kendra where she finished 4th, that was the first time we had ever been in an A final together!

20k Skate podium ( second from left)




20k Start line



Besides its dismal start, my Haywood Ski Nationals can be taken as a success with a Silver and Bronze medal and the year of birth aggregate Silver for the week. On top of that there was a great Fast and Female event mid week that had over 100 young girls participating and 20 female athlete ambassadors from across the country.

Fast and Female Event




Goal setting with our girls



I am home in Whitehorse now with my family for a few weeks then I will be back in Canmore May 6th to start up my training for next season. Our first camp is an on snow camp in Silver Star in May! Until then stay tuned for an update on my April rest month travels.

Beautiful views at Callaghan on our training day!


I would like to thank Callaghan Valley Cross Country for the first class event they put on! Also a big shout out to all the Whitehorse parents and supporters who came out to watch us all ski!

Thanks to everyone who has supported me this season!

Dahria