Monday, 2 June 2014

Stepping into the big leagues

Being the end of an Olympic season, as always, things take a little bit longer to get started up again in the spring teams are finalized, money is reallocated and of course everyone just wants a bit of time to take a quick breather before refocusing for the next 4 years.
My spring was full of deep relaxed breaths , but I'll get to that in a second!

Since May 6th I have been back to full time training here in Canmore. It's been almost a month already that we've been back at it, crazy how time flies. In the past month the most exciting news for me has been the National Team Announcements.
 Last week the 2014-2015 National Team was announced to the public and I am absolutely honoured to have been named to the Senior National Development Team! I was told about my nomination in late April but it never really seems official until the team is announced to the press!

This coming season being my first season as a senior it is amazing to be named to the National Team right after graduating from the junior ranks! I could not be more motivated about the coming year of training and racing. We have already had the chance to do a week long on snow camp at Sunshine this May where we had access to top notch grooming and a few perfect crust skiing days as well as a chance to work with our World Cup Team coaches.
Taking in the view while skiing up at Sunshine
Erin and I at the top of Mt. Yanmuska, first summit of the year

A raven playing in up drafts at the top of Yamnuska


In April I was able to go home to the Yukon for 3 weeks to spend time with my family and catch up on some R&R. I enjoyed some great spring skiing, tried to become more proficient at yoga (still working on it) and had the opportunity to spend a couple of days teaching Whitehorse elementary school kids to ski and sharing my racing stories with them. All in all it was a great visit home and my excursion  on my way back to Canmore made it all the better!

Afternoon snowshoeing with these amazing kindergarteners from Golden Horn Elementary after a morning of skiing!

Jen taking a lunch break while skiing up at the Skagway pass

April also marked my first attempted at making homemade bread, attempt #2 turned out better

My sister and I are artists, well sometimes. Easter fun!

Enjoying one last evening ski on Fish Lake before leaving Whitehorse.... Photo taken at 7:30pm

From Whitehorse I flew down to Vancouver on Air North and made my way over to Victoria for a few days of visiting friends I haven't seen for years before heading across the island to Tofino for 5 great days of surfing and playing in the sun with some of my best friends.
Tofino was a great place to end my spring play-cation and rejuvenate me before coming back to Canmore to enjoy a summers worth of training. Thank you to everyone who housed me on my travels and took the time out of their busy schedules to spend a few moments showing me around as I passed through.

Trying to take a picture without my hair in my face while spending a lovely day with the Carradine's in Victoria
Victoria Harbour
Taking a break from the waves on Florencia beach

Beautiful view out to the ocean from Ucluelet 

Feeling dwarfed by the  Douglas fir trees in Cathedral Grove, we couldn't even fit the whole tree in the photo...


Now that June is here we have started with a bit of spring testing and will be doing a few races in the next month. A 5 peaks running race here in Canmore in a couple weeks followed by the Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay up in the Yukon the following weekend on summer solstice.

Finally I would like to take this opportunity to thank my family, my adopted family the Davies, my sponsors, friends and coaches for all their support this past year. My nomination to the National Ski Team is just as much yours as it is mine and I could not be more thankful for everything you have given me!
Stay tuned for some more summer training updates to come shortly,
Thanks for reading,

Dahria