Sunday, December 27, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
The average amount of taping needed for my knee
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Eve early morning training at Nakiska
Nakiska morning sky
The bottom of Nakiska
6AM in the morning waiting for a possible meeting with Leonardo Di Caprio. He was staying in our hotel...turns out it was just a joke pulled by our coaches...hilarious that we all feel for it!
Wittenburg indoor skiing. Super icy!
Pitztal after our mini snow storm...with of course a MASSIVE pushy line to get on the gondola!
Just a few of our skis
A walk the day before the snowstorm in the pitztal valley
Soelden-the difference in the amount of snow from year to year
The Devo team! left to right speedy, me, britt, eve, steph, erin. Coaches on the right are Walter and Tim.
Germany by air
After the first day of the snow storm
another shot from the pretty walk!
Friday, October 16, 2009
So I am back in Europe! I have been here since the 1st of october and I thought I would wait to blog about my time here till I actually had something to say!
We started our camp in Soelden, Austria. It was absolutely crazy how little snow they had and how warm it was !!! We were only able to ski about a quarter of what we where able to ski the year before! The rest was glacial ice imbedded with ancient dirt! We had to get rental skis to go up the t bar on because it would have absolutely wrecked our skis otherwise! In the afternoons we were able to go and play beach volleyball in tank tops and shorts it was soo warm!! My team mates and I had some great games! This was my first camp back with my team mates. It felt great to be back with them but at the same time I had a hard time at the beginning with how far ahead of me they are. I guess it helps when you haven’t missed 10 months of skiing! They are skiing really well which is great. When they were in New Zealand they were skiing just as fast as the world cup girls...and even beating them. This is great for all of us on the development team because now we know that we can be fast! Now I just need to catch up! It was slightly difficult being in Soelden because of how well I skied there last year. I wanted to ski just like that right off the bat. I had to separate my feelings of how I should be skiing and how I am skiing...not comparing myself and trying to work off what I accomplished in Zermatt instead of trying to achieve what I did last year in Soelden. After 7 days in Soelden we moved to Pitztal.
I was very nervous about going to Pitztal as that is where I tore up my knee last year. We had a day off the first day we were there. The same as the year before. We went for a walk down the valley as it was a beautiful sunny day. Same as we did last year. We were staying in the same hotel as last year. It was starting to feel like deja vu which was really not making me feel great almost as if I was being drawn into a vortex where it would end up the same as last year. Luckily that night there was a wind and snow storm. We were unable to ski the next day. It was really too bad that we weren’t able to take advantage of some time on snow but on the otherhand I was happy that it was different than what it was like last year. I felt relief at the slight difference from last year. We ended up having the next three days off due to the weather which was not great. On our last day we were actually able to get up on the glacier but the snow was too soft to ski gates on. As well the gondola system they have is very inefficient and by 11 30 we had only been able to do 3 runs as the lines were so long for the gondola. Even though we didn’t ski gates there I was actually really glad to go up and be on the glacier.
It made that little nagging feeling in the back of my brain go away! I survived/conquered Pitztal! No need to panic about going there anymore! That felt good! Because of the incredible amount of snow that fell and the prediction that the weather was to remain the same for the rest of the week we decided to bite the bullet and drive to Hamburg in Germany where there is an indoor ski area.
We left right after skiing on wednesday. It is a 9 hour drive ( I am sure it usually takes longer than that as we were averaging 160-180 km/hr in our loaded 12 passenger van!!) It is a good thing autobahns exist! We found out there are areas on the bahn that actually have NO SPEED LIMIT!!! We passed a police car going 170 km/hr and he did not react at all! CRAZY!!! I officially love germany for its roads! We stayed overnight in a place called Hof and continued for the last 4 hours the next day. This is the farthest into Germany I have ever gone. Usually we fly into Frankfurt or Munich and drive immediately into either Switzerland, Italy or Austria. I am actually pretty excited about being near Hamburg. I am hoping we will be able to go look around one day. OUr plan is to have double sessions while we are here in Hamburg. We will ski and then drive back to Munich on Saturday. I think that is is going to be very productive skiing indoors! Lots of runs with good snow! Perfect for someone just returning to gates!
Servus and goodbye!
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Things here in Switzerland are “super oder”!!! We are now drawing near to the close of our camp...AND I DON”T WANT TO LEAVE!!! How could it possibly be that we have almost been here for three weeks?!? Not possible! Alas it is, thus I am forced to look back and try and grasp all the non-extraneous information that was stuffed into my empty brain!
I have re-learned a lot about skiing in the past 11 days that I have had on snow! Walter will watch my skiing then make a comment and something that he says usually clicks and I remember that I am supposed to make a clean transition between turns etc.
It is amazing how far you can improve in three weeks. I have gone from snowplowing to skiing (and crashing) gs and slalom gates. It feels incredible to hit gates! I will update again later!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
IN one week my life has returned! Skiing truly is the best thing in the world! I have now completed 6 days on snow. It has been very incredible watching video over the past week as I remember how to ski! The first 4 days showed incredible improvement that is very visible on camera. Now I am working on smaller chamges and it is less easy to decipher the differences in my skiing. I am now working on a very early short pressure, moving forward over the ski, and not letting my inside hand drop. I don't think I can remember when I last had the chance to freeski for so many days in a row. It has been a wonderful opportunity for me to improve!
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
I am currently back in Calgary! AGAIN! yay? yup! I am doing a ton of working out! That is all I say! I arrived on Sunday and have since completed 6 workouts (its wednesday). The intensity of the workouts have been upped and the amount of cardio is down slightley. Only a 40 km ride this morning instead of 80. On monday we were in the gym for 3 and a half hours in the morning and completed an hour bike ride in the afternoon. Yesterday we were in the gym for 2 and a half hours then had a nutrition seminar followed by an intervals cardio workout. Welcome back to Calgary! We are in a new dorm ...it is quite "cozy" shall I say. One thing is for sure....the fridge is not big enough to accommidate 4 female athletes food!
More updates to come!
That was only one of the many adventures we had while kelly was at my place! It was incredible to have her over! Thanks Kelly!
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Since I will shortly be recommencing my ski journey I thought I would post a video of my skiing prior to my crash in Pitztal. This video was shot in the spring, summer and fall of 2008. If you watch you can see that I become a much better skier throughout the summer! I am very proud of what I accomplished with my skiing last year and can't wait to continue where I left off!
Hope you enjoy the video!