Thoughts out loud from down under
You know that feeling when you doing something that you love, over and over again and don’t get bored, or when you visiting a place for a first time and keep coming back there every year and never get tired of it? You actually are falling in love in that place more and more, year after a year. I hope you have THAT kind of place in your life, but for me it’s a south island of New Zealand. Our team has been coming here for a summer (winter time in Southern Hemisphere) camp on the snow for a 9 straight years, I’ve been lucky to ski on New Zealand snow for six years in a row.
Yes, it’s a hell of a trip from North America, but for me, it’s totally worth it. Great skiing conditions at the Snow Farm with 30+ km of trails, and an option of 40min of drive, to small but beautiful town by the lake named Wannaka for some strength sessions, amazing running and mountain biking trails and a lot of other fun stuff to do. As always, at this time of the year, Snow Farm is packed with skiers and biathletes from all over the world, from Russian National Sprint team to biathlon teams from South Korea and Japan. There was a lot of snow up at the Snow farm, but it was warmer than usual, so for most of the ski days we had spring-like conditions. Don’t get me wrong, skiing still was great, as always. Only on the last couple of days we got lucky with the some fresh snow and -7c temperature.
So here I am, almost three weeks of hard training done, another “brick” placed in a foundation of a racing season. There is been some great days, and “so much” days. Days, when you feel like a “BOSS” and could ski all day long, but there is also days of struggle, pain and fatigue, but we used to it. That’s how it works, and you don’t whine about it, you just have to “keep your head up”, never give up and try to get the most out of the each workout, even if it’s not going the way you wanted to, knowing that few months later it WILL pay off. I think it's very important, once in a while to look back on your past week, month or even whole summer and kind of digest in your head all those hundreds of hours of training, hours of sore muscles and injuries, hours of recovery, rest and preparation for a next training day, to see if you’ve done it good enough, if there is something you can improve or simply do better.
I’m heading back to Canmore now, back to home, to family and of course… to more training.
I’d like to thank all my sponsors and supporters for helping me “riding this road” to the next Olympic Games.
Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for the next update…