Sunday, November 22, 2009

My adventure of a lifetime starts tomorrow!

Tomorrow I will head off overseas with the dream of qualifying for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games to be held in Vancouver in February.

The national ski cross team will be based in Canmore, Canada, for the first 2 weeks of the season. Here we will be training out of Nakiska; home of the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympic Games. We will start off the season with lots of freeskiing, drills, alpine GS and super G gates training, and hopefully some powder!

We then head to Europe where things start to get a bit more interesting! We have 5 world cup races prior to the Olympic qualification date (Jan 17). By this date, in order for me to qualify, I must be ranked in the top 35 in the world. Not an easy task but definitely achievable! So I'm hoping for some really good results, perhaps 2 top 16 finished in the first few races to take the pressure off!

Dryland training has been very solid over the past 7 weeks here in Melbourne. I have been training twice a day, 12 sessions a week with one day off. Training occurs at the VIS (Victorian Institute of Sport), cycling on beach road, swimming and boxing. My fitness and strength is great at the moment, so I'm feeling confident heading overseas in good physical shape. I have also been doing lots of training on the custom made start gate (made by my Grandpa, Urs) in my backyard. This has been extremely beneficial in helping me to improve my starts; a vital part of the race!

(My very own custom-made back yard start gate. Thanks Grandpa!)

Although I'm loving this beautiful warm weather in Melbourne, I am looking forward to hitting the slopes once again!