The 2014-15 season is well under way now but before I get into what’s going on right now I’m going to jump back and do a quick recap to wrap up last year. National Championships were a great event again this year with Corner Brook and Blow Me Down Ski Club playing host. Thank you to the organizing committee and all the volunteers! We had a mix of weather conditions as to be expected in March, but thankfully nothing too extreme. I had the chance to ski some of the rec trails on a blue bird training day and was impressed with the trail system. Some really nice stuff further out! As a whole my Nationals were mediocre with a few highlights.
After a crash and broken pole off the start line of the Team Sprint Final, Andy and I clawed ourselves back to a 4th place finish. It would have been great to see where we could have finished if we hadn’t had the crash… hopefully we can find redemption at the 2015 Nationals. I won a bronze medal after a really good effort in the 15km Skate event. I also qualified 3rd place in the sprint race, but unfortunately missed out on the A-final by 2 hundredths of a second.
|Top: Good feelings to be on the podium at Nationals.|
Bottom: Made it big in the local paper!
Post-Nationals I headed back to Canmore for a little over a week. Had an awesome day downhill skiing in fresh pow at Sunshine, raced Sharkfest (3rd and 2nd place finishes) and partied in Banff.
|Spring-time fun in the mountains!|
And finally it was time to go home. Feeling worn out I boarded the plane with a sigh of relief. Through April I enjoyed some low key days and spending time with my girlfriend, family and friends. Snow was still prevalent so I did some skiing when I felt like it. I competed in a few fun events (Run & Ski, Orienteering, Biathalon Balloon Toss) and joined NDC TBay for a 5-day volume skiing camp. I felt like I was getting back to my skiing roots and I think I needed to rediscover that.
|Last Big Snowfall of the Year in TBay|
Beginning of May I travelled to Canmore to kick off the new season. It was hard to leave home behind once again, but I got into the regular training routines with our first training camp right away and morning skis at Sunshine were spectacular. Conditions were like mid-winter with fresh powder the first few days and we had some unbelievable crust skiing days as well. Things were a little up in the air with a new coaching system being put into action, however the camp went smoothly and things started to fall into place pretty quickly after the camp.
|Top: Andy in a snow covered gondola on our way up to Sunshine and skiing!|
Bottom: The TBay guys getting their skis ready for another blue bird ski day.
|The photo speaks enough words on its own.|
|Top: Summit of Heart Mountain|
Bottom: Jana further up the ridge closing in on Grant MacEwan Peak
|The Heart Mountain Horseshoe ridgeline|