Friday, 22 August 2014

Glacier skiing and other summery things

It's crazy to think that over two months have passed since I last updated my blog. Lots has happened since then, even if I did not do a very good job of documenting those events in photos.

This past week the Academy ladies were up on the Haig Glacier for the first of two summer skiing stints. We were joined by some National Talent Squad, Alberta Ski Team and a few other elite female racers for 4 days up on the glacier. It was absolutely amazing to have 15 strong and focused ladies ages 16-28 all together in a camp setting. In total I put in 16 hours of training in 4 days with lots of focus on ski technique, especially skate technique for me as this is an area I am trying to make some big gains in this season. Next Monday the Academy will head back up to the Haig glacier for another 4 day volume block. Thank you to WinSport for this amazing training facility!
Coaches Chris and Justin always the first ones up to the glacier and the last ones down, Thank you both!

Early morning view from camp

Throughout the early summer months my team did most of its training in and around Canmore in the beautiful Bow Valley. At the end of June I flew up to Whitehorse for a week to participate in the annual Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay. This was as always a great race, I was very happy to have my own bike to race on that I flew up with me. I was super excited to be sporting Icycle Sport's new bike kit one of my fabulous local sponsors! This summer they have gotten in new store bike kits and cycling jackets as well as snazzy new T-shirts, be sure to stop by and check them out and grab a midnight sun coffee while you are at it.







After finishing legs 3 and 4 of the bike relay with my new Icycle Sport jersey and shorts
The eve of the bike relay, the Yukon looking extra spectacular

The rest of my trip home consisted of time well spent training and visiting friends, going for runs with my dad and our 2 dogs as well and horseback riding with my mom and relaxing with my sister! It was a great combination of hard training and racing in the laid back familiar atmosphere of home.

Edelweiss waiting expectantly for her post ride oats


My time back in Canmore felt fairly brief before I was off again this time to Quebec (MSA) to train with the Centre Pierre Harvey Team for 8 days. This was a great change of pace with new faces and different workouts.
While back in Canmore we did our AWCA double pole test and I was really happy to see big improvements in my times from last summer.  As well as all the hard training I was able to go out to the Kananaskis River on Canada Day with my good friend Erin who is working and living here this summer for an evening of river boarding on the Kananaskis.

With the rain coming down outside and this weeks glacier skiing fresh in my mind it really seems like summer is already winding down. I am looking forward to our NST/AWCA Park City camp at the end of September and then it will be time to jump back on snow again with Frozen Thunder and do some final preparations for the race season.

Although the weather is starting to turn there's still many hours of volume and intensity to put in before we put on the race bibs again
Check back next month for some photos and an update on training in Park City, Utah!

Thanks for reading
Dar