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2012-09-07

Summer of 2012

   Must apologize for not updating my blog for such a long time, but I believe, I have a pretty good excuse for that.
   Pretty much right after my season ended and I returned home from Canadian Nationals, we welcomed new person in this world and our family…He was born in Canmore Hospital, on April 16th, which happened to be a Monday, very nice and sunny Monday! We named him Daniel (Danila in Russian).

   As you can imagine, I didn’t have much free time since then, but thanks to my wife I was able to do some quality training and fully prepare for next racing season.

   I skipped first team training camp in Bend, Oregon, but I couldn’t skip our “annual” Hawaii camp. Which went very well, weather was pretty good to us (not too hot) and pretty much every day we could “climb” Haleakala volcano, just like that from “sea level” (0) to 3000m above. We didn’t do any cycling this year and did mostly rollerskiing up that beast. Few intensity sessions, runs, some surfing and flying back to Canada on my birthday as a highlights of that camp.

   After that “dream camp” team had few days of some (Nordic) skiing at the Haig glacier, which is about 20min by helicopter from Canmore. I was pretty happy to be in Canmore for almost a month after that, and for me, there is nothing better than train at home and spend some time with my kids and “wify”.

   Next on the plan was another “annual” destination – Snow Farm in New Zealand. I was looking forward to get some “winter snow” skiing in summer. This time we went there a couple of weeks later than usual, so we didn’t take part in local races that we were competing in past 6 years in the row. Having some company from Russian Sprint, Polish and USA ski teams, time went by pretty fast. The only down side, for me, of that trip was some sort of “New Zealand-Queen Sheep-Stomach” flue, that took  Alex (Harv)  and I out of the training for one, but very painful day, and I’m talking full package here, lots and lots of throwing up, “toilet time” (excuse my French) and fever. I’m proud to say that we survived that thing, and hopefully no other “stomach flu” will ever get to us.

   That gets us here, half way (about 7hr in) between Sydney and Vancouver in not the most comfortable chair I must say, gosh this flight is too long, so I decided to blog, as I know in few hours I’ll be home, busy but happy. It’s been almost three weeks I’ve been away from “the fam”, but thanks to Skype I was able to see and talk to them every day.

   Not sure when my next update will be out, I’ll just say that another exciting race season is upon us, time is passing by very fast and only one more training camp ahead, “till it’s on”. Two weeks of altitude training in Park City, Utah in the end of the September, followed by “Frozen Thunder” in October Canmore and our great team will be off to World Cup circuit that starts in Sweden and Finland (Scando as we call it).

Thanks for following,

Till next time…

Peace

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    One of the Team intensity workouts in Canmore.
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    Team photo at the Haig Glacier.

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    Devon and I hammering some sprints.
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    Daniel Oliver Babikov. You forget how tiny babies are. :)
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    Not a "Redbull Shot" but still pretty cool.
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    Pretty pumpped about the Heli ride!

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    Snow farm always a blast. Great conditions.
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    New Zealand is the place to ski in the summer. Awesome!

    Photo by Devon Kershaw

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    Maui time!

    Photo by Devon Kershaw

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    Camping at Volcano.

    Photo by Devon

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    Just finished 4hr climb to 3000m, above the clouds.

    Photo by Devon

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    My favorite - ski striding. :) Simple, but very hard and effective.



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