Thursday, 7 November 2013

NST camp and Frozen Thunder Training

It is now week three on snow and the skiing is great!!
Whitehorse based National Talent Squad member Annah Hanthorn (second from left)
 joined the Academy for a week of skiing!  

The first week Frozen Thunder opened for skiing, I had the opportunity to be part of the Canadian National Team Women's Camp here in Canmore. It was a great camp with NST  girls, lots of training and fun was had by all! Some of the highlights were a talk with olympian Clara Hughes, a variety of workouts with this great group of ladies, cooking classes and much more, the entire week was great.

Listening to the most inspiring talk by Clara

Merci à les filles de CNEPH, c'etait super d'avoir la chance de pratiquer mon français pour toute une semaine! Je suis vraiment excité pour notre prochain camp.

The Ladies

The week also included our first race of the season! It was great to get back into race mode with a good classic sprint against North America's top women.

This past week I had an easier week after the camp, I took advantage of the extra time to take in some films at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival as well as carve the most elaborate pumpkin I've every attempted. Here is my Kitty-bat, hope everyone had a great Halloween!

With another big snowfall this weekend the loop on Frozen Thunder has been extended and it really feels like winter. Unfortunately my trip to Whitehorse has been postponed due to the lack of snow there and the great conditions here but hopefully Whitehorse will get a snowfall soon.

 I would like to take this opportunity to introduce and to thank my newest sponsor Alkan Air, a wonderful company from my hometown Whitehorse.  I really appreciate your support, as an amateur athlete your support means so much. Thank you!

This morning I had another great classic ski up at the Nordic Center where I did 25x10 second sprints and I am really really getting excited for race season, it is just around the corner now. There is still lots of skiing and training to be done and a geography course for me to finish up.
November 30th will be the start of a new race season and a new university course, can't wait! 
Race ready with our new AWCA buffs 

Until next time, thanks for reading


Tuesday, 5 November 2013

The snow has arrived, skiing on Frozen Thunder

First Ski!!!

I have been putting a lot of hour and time on the roller skis including a 5 day camp in New Denver BC where we took advantage of the mountain pass roads to work on our technique while climbing, did some great legs only arms only intensity climbing and well of course ski walked to the top of a mountain, Idaho Peak more specifically. Alysson and I were greeted at the top by big snowdrifts, our first taste of winter for the year, always exciting. We finished off the camp with the Kaslo Sufferfest running race! Thank you to Buff for sponsoring my race entry! This was one of my better running races in a long time and I was happy to be able to put in a hard effort on foot. If you ever have the chance to enter the Sufferfest I highly recommend you do, they definitely put on a first class event. The following week Alysson and I found winter again on a great recovery week hike up Tent Ridge with Chris. Snow angels were made and snowballs thrown.
This fall I have done more 3.5+ hour workouts than ever before. Putting in these big hours brought me to lots of new and amazing training locations around the Bow Valley area. I skied up to Highwood pass for the first time and ran into Skoki Lodge, roller skied all the way out the 1A and hiked a couple of new mountains.
Training has now started to take on more of an intensity focus with the Spray drag running race last week and a prologue test this past Thursday with some hard 30sec sprint workouts mixed in.
Today’s intensity was the best of them all however because it was on SNOW, real SNOW!!!!! That’s right!! Today was the opening of Frozen Thunder and my first time on skis in way too long. I am so thrilled to be back on snow and am greatly looking forward to our Women’s National Ski Team camp that starts tomorrow. It will be wonderful to have all my fellow friends, teammates and competitors to train with and learn from as we transition into our last training block before the race season begins. Be sure to check back for an update on how our camp went, till then happy trails,
Descending Tent Ridge

Ski Walking to the top of Idaho Peak

Al excited to start a 4hr roller ski