In other sponsorship news...
The Team DHL Blog was launched today. As mentioned in a previous entry Tony has created a sponsorship deal with DHL for our group of Para-Nordic Racers... Check out the blog for updates.
Way to go Tony!
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Wearing my Rudy Project Rydons at the BC Cup Tweet this!
Monday, February 25, 2008
...cuz this week is likely to suck. I try not to be negative but there is no way around the fact that moving kind of sucks.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Callaghan Valley - Whistler, BC
The Coast Cup races are pretty small and kind of low-key.... they're enjoyable, good training races for the bigger ones like Nationals in March.
This race was a big one for me though.... It would be my first chance to compete against a National Para-Nordic Team athlete from my category. The National team is my mid-range goal - so this race offered an excellent chance to get a feel for how far I need to go to make it.
The prep for this race was odd to say the least due to some funny business that I really can't explain - 60 minutes out the race distance was changed from 5k to 10k, 30 minutes out I found out we would be starting in 15 minutes... These types of changes are not ideal when you have pre-race routines and visualizations let alone course preps that are now useless (since you are skiing a different course...)
My mind-set: I have nothing to lose. I SHOULD lose.... it was comforting actually, and I felt very relaxed and focused on doing my best - the competition was not a concern for me.
Interval start: I started 15 seconds behind my competition.
I had a great session with Tony on Thursday at Cypress and I was feeling far better on the hills and also on the flats - unleashing my new and much improved kick-double-pole featuring proper timing...ha ha - I used to do it "backward" but those days are over.
2km - I was gaining and skiing well.
3.2km - I passed.
3.6 km - I got caught on the downhill and then my competition inexplicably bailed into a snowdrift.
I was puzzled but continued on with the final 6.5k or so of the race...
After falling my counterpart DNF'ed and I never saw him again on the course. After the race he shook my hand and complemented me on my race - he regretted the DNF. I am sure he'll be looking for a better showing at Nationals on the same course in March.
My time for 10k was 38:40.... My pace was MUCH faster, even though the race was twice the distance of the BC Championships at 100 Mile (though that course was a bit tougher.) I felt pretty good the whole way - my grip was less than ideal at times but over-all I was delighted with this race. I finally had a wipeout/missed turn free race! This one was a real milestone for me - first 10k race, first GOOD race (just my opinion), and a first place against a direct competitor.
What I learned in this race:
- Relaxation and focus were KEY especially as the race was changed by others at the last moment
- Technique is more important than power (I finally FELT this)
Thursday, February 14, 2008
What a great coaching session with Tony tonight!
I made HUGE gains in my understanding and execution of the classic technique. The improvement right now is so motivating.... A tip here and a tip there are making a huge difference in my skiing.
Tony, Courtney and I were out there for about two hours practicing and I am PUMPED for the race this weekend.
It's Valentine's Day and I would be remiss if I didn't mention how lucky I am to have Sacha - what a great lady, planning our V-Day event for yesterday so I could ski tonight!
We went to Me & Julio's on Commercial Drive for some awesome Mexican food... I had a margarita or two and really enjoyed the evening with Sacha.
Sacha, if you are reading this, I love you!
Sacha and I in Hawaii after the Honolulu Marathon
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Race Weekend schedule looked like this:
Monday, February 11, 2008
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
The weekend was great - still glowing from that awesome football game. Also had my Father-in-law Gary's birthday dinner at the in-law's house - always spectacular food and company.