Friday, July 29, 2011

Road trips!

This week I feel like I’ve been all the way around Australia and back!

NSWIS induction was held in Jindabyne, where winter sports athletes were awarded with scholarships for 2011. Fortunately a few days earlier our brand new ski cross track was built up at Perisher. On Saturday, the National Ski Cross team had our first training session on the track. Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin, Border Cross World Champion, joined us for the session. Up in the trees and away from the public, we had the run to ourselves. We trained all morning on the start, working on the first five technical features. It was a great feeling being back in that competitive environment.

(Anton and I soaking up the sun) 

(The boys racing, Anton and Scotty)

(Hair going crazy!)

(Early morning sunrise at Perisher)

On Sunday morning we drove to Canberra for a three-day physical training camp at the AIS. As usual, our days were filled with various sessions, ranging from strength and explosive sessions in the gym, wind gate testing on the bike in the lab, cross country running, training on the ‘dryland’ start gate, and many more! We also did group nutrition and sports psychology sessions, which were insightful. 

(John Marsden and I experimenting with some pretty interesting equipment..)

Following the Canberra camp, I headed to Buller for the Victorian University Games. I took out the GS, dual slalom, Ski Cross and Overall female skier titles. Melbourne Uni also won the overall which was great. Over the weekend I also found time to pull some starts on the brand new ski cross start which Mt Buller Race Club purchased this season. It’s a great set up, and a valuable asset to the mountain and the club. Now hopefully this means we’ll do a little more training at my home mountain in the future!

On Saturday after the ski cross event, I spent the afternoon coaching Chicks with Stix with Zoe Jaboor and Katie Blamey. It was a beautiful sunny day, and we had a lot of fun cruising the mountain. About 20 girls showed up for the session. We did a few fast carve runs down summit, worked on skiing switch, and finished off in the terrain park. The girls who joined in on the session had a great time, and everyone enjoyed the sunshine, skiing and each others company!

(Chicks with Stix girls)

(Making some turns on Fast One at Buller last weekend)

On Sunday I coached a group of young girls from Team Buller Riders in prep for the Junior National moguls comp at Buller next weekend.

Finally, to top off a great weekend, we celebrated Cadel's win at 2am on Sunday morning. Congratulation Cadel on the amazing achievement!