A lot has happened since I last updated my website so thought it was about time I catch you up.
I'll start where I last left off. As you can imagine after I realized my season had been cut short I was pretty heartbroken. All my friends were away at university and I no longer had school to channel my energy, this left we with limited amount of stuff to do so I resorted to making stuff. It started with just knitting slippers for my friends, progressed into wood work and then, inspired by my hippy friends, I started doing some metal work and making some bottle openers out of broken bike chain rings. I also got a part time job at Booster Juice. Thankfully this kept me pretty occupied.
Before I knew it summer had rolled around. I moved up to Whistler and the grind began. The first two weeks were spent up on the glacier making some turns and getting back on skis. The hard glacier snow wasn't great on my leg so I had to cut short a few of the days. Thankfully this didn't limit me to what I could do in the gym. The second two weeks I moved in with one of my friends on the National Ski Cross Team, Britt Phelan. I don't know what was going through our heads but after 2x3 hour sessions in the gym everyday Britt and I would go for a 2 hour bike ride. It took me a full week to realize that this wasn't a sustainable amount of activity so we started limiting it to about every second day.
I worked harder this summer in the gym then I ever have, calling extra sets making us go that extra mile. It paid off. I feel fitter and stronger than I ever have. Even accomplished my goal of being able to do a one hand push up. Our average day consisted of a 3-4h lift in the morning followed by a max effort activity such as intervals in the afternoon. Although a lot of hours were spent in the gym I did get to enjoy a little bit of summer. Post training we would go to the lake and play some volleyball and after the camp was over I escaped to a friends cabin for a few days as well as a brief road trip through the Rocky mountains.
I had exactly 10 days after returning home before I was off to Chile. Several of those were spent with my family. We learning how to Kiteboard together and then spent another two days summiting mount Garibaldi. This was an incredible experience. A little intimidating traversing the glaciers and making sure we didn't fall into any crevasses but it gave me a taste of what mountaineering would be like.
Almost too soon I was packed up and on a flight to Chile. I went down a week earlier than the team to get a bit more time on snow. I stayed with an old coach of mine that lives in La Parva, a resort about 3 hours and 45 switch backs away from Santiago. It was very beneficial skiing around although I am currently having a hard time bringing the same position as I was in free skiing into the gate. The team came down after that and the training began. We are now currently in Portillo training beside The Norwegian men's downhill team (Aksel Lund Svindal and Kjetil Jansrud) as well as the Americans (Bode Miller, Ted Ligety and Lindsey Vonn just arrived). I am struggling with my skiing at the moment, it's a work in progress and I have faith it will come around although it is very frustrating right now. This is the time of year to slow it down and make some changes before we bring it back up to speed for race season.
Six more days of skiing left down here. It has been slightly less eventful than last year, no earthquakes or insane storms yet. The snow has been rock solid in the morning and there has been blue bird weather every single day. These are some of the best training conditions I've ever been in and I'm doing my best to capitalize on everyday.