While cleaning out my room I uncovered something I haven't seen for quite some time. Rolled up and hidden away in the back of my closet was an old caricature of myself from when I was 12.
Drawn on a school trip to Quebec, the photo is a great (or very poor) representation of what I looked like a decade ago. Seen below is myself with the apparent need to use the washroom, lips bigger than Angelina, and of course some cookies.
Ahh, the younger years.
As we enter mid-September, we usually start saying farewell to summer and welcome the onslaught of fall. If you lived in Canmore for the past four months, you said goodbye to spring and quickly welcomed fall without embracing arms. With more rain than sun this year, summer in Canmore was a distant memory of the past. Training in cooler temperatures and rain isn't always a bad thing, but it really makes those sunny hot days stand out.
The Alberta World Cup Academy's annual trip up to the Haig Glacier was one of these times, offering some of the best glacier conditions with an abundance of high altitude sunshine. Like previous years, there was great food, awesome skiing, lots of training, and tonnes of sleeping. The 3rd Annual Haig Glacier Disc Golf Championship, now a regular event up on the glacier, showcased some of the teams best (and worst) disc throwing talent. Team novice Drew Goldsack claimed top title in a heavily watched and taunted final. With my skills in this "sport" severely limited, I was unable to move out of the qualification rounds and into the quarterfinals. Story of my life.
Not a cloud in the sky on the hike up to the glacier. I'm sure if we were in Canmore, it would have been hot as ever.
There's always a back up plan. With Monday's planned Haig Glacier camp delayed until next week due to some unforeseen groomer problems, myself and the rest of my "Haig-Bound" teammates tagged along with the younger AWCA athletes for a three day camp in Jasper, Alberta. Monday started off the camp with a five-hour skate roller ski up the Icefields Parkway, just ending short of the Columbia Icefields.
Last week the team and I went up to the Haig Glacier for some fall skiing. The weather was great for the most part, and the skiing just like mid-winter. Photo's below:
The run up into the Haig camp seemed a lot more like fall than last time I ran up.
The racing season is soon upon me. Actually less than 24 hours away, with my first two races of the season here in Canmore. After winning both AWCA hosted time trials last weekend, my eagerness to start racing is at an all time high. Below is what my winter season is shaping up to be.
Well the first set of NorAm races are finished, and it’s time to get ready for next weekend. The back-to-back racing at Sovereign Lakes, BC this past weekend definetely had its ups, along with things that could have gone better.
How many days have I been in Europe? It seems like after a full day and a half of traveling overseas my ability to keep track of time and days has diminished. I guess today would mark my eighth day in Europe and sixth in Otepää, Estonia, the site for the Under-23 Championships and two World Cups this past weekend.
The trip started in sunless and foggy Vierumaki, Finland, our staging area for the first couple of days as we started to adjust our bodies to the nine hour time change. Despite having a great set up at our hotel, with awesome food, ski trails right out the door and even a bowling alley, our stay here was short as most of the U23's and I left for Estonia after just a couple days to prepare for some world cup racing at the same race venue as the championships.
Our drive from Finland to Otepää lasted eight hours, and included a two hour ferry ride across the Baltic Sea. Here at the boat docks is where the Superstars are seperated from the Princesses (we were Superstars)
Finishing 5th (and only ~15 seconds from a medal) in Thursday's skate race still hasn't really sunk in yet. I was walking into the race with a Top-10 goal for that day, but I never really expected to be so close to the podium. With a conservative start to the race, I was skiing comfortably in 6th for the first lap and was able to gradually push the speed. I crossed the line in 3rd with only 13 skiers still to finish. After all was said and done, a Norwegian and Russian moved in front of me, leaving me with a 5th place, 39 seconds off the leader.
My finial lap of the 15km race. I was sitting around 5th, only 13 seconds back from a snowflake shaped medal. (credit Fasterskier.com)
The 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax Nova Scotia are all wrapped up, and I would say they were pretty comparable to those held in Whitehorse back in 2007. That's a pretty good thing when Whitehorse was a truly unforgettable experience.
After a small bout of internet darkness in Sun Valley, I'm back in the 21st century and can now throw my 2011 Nationals update up.
National Championships is a touchy subject for me. No matter what sort of preparation, or what sort of shape I'm in, I can never seem to pull together a great Nationals. My team-mates and race-mates talk about how they've go more national medals than bad Adam Sandler flicks, and although last year in Whitehorse was a "break-through", I still had not held that notorious medal.