Building Up

AB copy The time of the year to once again to be hitting the gym – strengthening, building, gaining – physical and mental training for the start of the New Zealand season just around the corner.  Bit of a shock to the system to realise how much fitness is lost so quickly when one has been crook and the amount of work required to build back up again.  Many thanks to Alpine Health and Fitness for once again helping out with a gym pass.

ADIDAS!

adidasMany thanks to our patron Darren Shand and to Nick Simmers from Adidas NZ, for teeing up a partnership with Adidas. I’m now fully decked out with physical training kit, including lifting shoes, indoor and outdoor dryland training gear from the best in the business. Thanks guys, awesome gear!  Really enjoying making good use of it all.

SKEGGS FOUNDATION – many thanks once again to the Skeggs Foundation for their continued support in assisting with funding towards my ski racing dreams.

End to the Season

It’s been a bit of a tough finish to my season, unfortunately.  Have just arrived home after spending five days in hospital in Zell am See, Austria.  Snow conditions haven’t been the best this season with a lot of races canceled, warmer and less snow – looking positively spring-like when we left

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Race day, Mutters

March started with some slalom in Mutters with some pretty slushy weather and a couple of DNF’s.  We then went to a few giant slalom races in Flumserberg in Switzerland, Petzen in southern Austria and Hochficht, northern Austria.  In Flumserberg, the snow was a little on the soft side and very flat hill – I needed to be a couple tenths faster to make a result but managed to move from 30 to 16th both days.

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Piesendorf, slalom race

My last series of races were some super g and super combined at Innerkrems.  I had trouble with the super g, feeling crook and little energy, and was unable to start the slalom leg of the super-combined and progressively got worse.  On visiting the doctor, I was put into hospital on a penicillin drip for acute tonsillitis, but further tests confirmed I also have glandular fever. Not ideal! missed veinThe nurse had a bit of trouble getting  the IV lines in,  went through the vein but eventually managed to get one in!  Breakfast wasn’t too bad apart from the gumboot coffee to start, but reduced to 3 slices white bread and enough jam for one, and the following day a bowl of warm milk with a couple slices white bread.  hospital breakfast

It’s great to be back home but it’s going to be  a long process renewing strength and conditioning, not to mention replacing the lost 6kgs. Thanks to my coach Nils Coberger for everything, and to teammates Willis and Nick. Thanks again to all my sponsors, supporters and family for your ongoing support and encouragement, every little bit helps and I really appreciate your belief in me. Also a big shout out to Dave Stewart, One Studio for our awesome gear! Time now to heal, in readiness for the coming New Zealand season.

World Ski Champs 2015

CTOS LOGOMany thanks to Community Trust of Southland for their continued support of my racing career – CTOS are an amazing team who support a wide range of activities across the community, including Sport.  This year they have helped towards one of my goals of racing at the World Ski Championships held at Beaver Creek, Colorado 2nd to 15th February.

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Following on from my previous post, after leaving Eldora we were lucky enough to stay with a kiwi family in Edwards (many thanks to Kathy & Brett Derwin for your hospitality) for a week of training at Vail before moving into our accommodation at Beaver Creek for the World Ski Championships.

Super G postponed due to bad weather

Super G postponed due to bad weather

It was a very intense couple of weeks starting with the men’s super g which was postponed a day due to bad weather.  This was my first experience racing Super G at this level and on the “Birds of Prey” course which is considered one of the toughest race hills in the world but I really enjoyed it. The start was a really steep drop into the course on a slick surface. My skiing was fairly solid for the most part. Over skied it a little bit but my goals for the race were more about technique and experience than anything. Starting bib 57, I was pleased to finish and place 44.

It was quite draining having to race the qualification races with the high intensity of needing to qualify, on top of the high altitude and long courses and then race again the following day in the main event.  Four days in a row starting with the Giant Slalom. For the slalom qualifying race, I had the fastest second time which I was pretty happy about after a slow first run.  In the last race of the WSC I was skiing well but had a DNF in the first run of the slalom – super tough course, 73 gates of steep and icy and the snow started to fall fairly heavily.  Before the snow, the weather had been particularly warm with almost spring like conditions. It was a tough WSC set of races, but I will take away some valuable experiences as we continue with our training and races in Europe.      Enjoy a few images from the races.

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Opening Ceremony with the kiwi flag.      Qualification GS course at Golden Peak

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Course set by Nils Coberger.       Course inspection on Birds of Prey

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Looking down into the stadium at Red Tail, Beaver Creek

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Waiting in the finish area for the top 25 athletes – qualification criteria

Training Vail

Training in Vail

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Took a little time out from training while we were at Vail to do a bit of a photo shoot for Dirty Dog Sunglasses – had a lot of fun with some great weather and snow conditions.

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And this was our ride while in Colorado

Aspen Speed

Super g start, Aspen

Super G Start, Aspen

After a great taste of summer, it was straight into race mode when we got back to Colorado.  On leaving Queenstown, travelling roughly 24 hours solid and a quick afternoon free ski at Winter Park, we raced the following two days in two giant slaloms.  I had a couple of good runs, unfortunately not in the same race.  From Winter Park, we moved on to Aspen where teammates Willis and Nick went into speed mode with some downhill training and races (and podiumed) while I got in some great gs and super g training.  The downhill races were followed up by two super g races where I picked up a couple of podium spots (3rd & 2nd) as well as getting some good point results. Nick picked up 2 golds.  I was lucky enough to stay with friend Bobby Moyer while in Aspen – many thanks to Bobby and family!

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Super G podium

After packing up and heading out, we are now in Eldora, (about four hours drive from Aspen) for a slalom and three GS races – interesting start list being a University race as they have seed points within FIS points. These will be our final races before heading on to Beaver Creek for the World Ski Championships!

Welcome 2015

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Mt Crichton track overlooking Lake Wakatipu

Thank you to everyone for a great year in 2014 – for all your support and encouragement.  It has been a busy end to the year with races finishing up in Panorama before a quick trip home for Christmas the first time in many years.  I am currently enjoying the warmth of Queenstown, getting well fed and battling with the volume of pollen circulating the district, as well as getting in some strength training.

The NorAm series at Panorama were a bit of a mixed lot for me with some good runs, but also too many mistakes.  The snow conditions were quite icy and with the men’s giant slalom following on after 80 women, it was quite bumpy.  Day 1 GS, I bumped a ski off which was frustrating as felt I was skiing well.  Day 2 GS didn’t ski quite so well and made a few mistakes but finished with a result.  Unfortunately I didn’t manage to finish the slalom races.

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Aspen

I’ve added a few images from my last few weeks in Colorado and Canada for you to get a better picture of where I’ve been for the start of the northern hemisphere.  The team and I will be heading back to Colorado to continue training and races in about a week.

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Start gate – Aspen giant slalom

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Lake Louise downhill course

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Wishing everyone a Happy New Year and all the best for the rest of the season!

Races have begun

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Aspen GS Course

After some good training at both Copper Mountain and Vail to kick off the season, and finally some snow, races have begun.  With snow conditions in Europe not the best and World Cup races in the States, there is a large number of Europeans training and racing here, so the first at Echo Mountain (a night slalom) was a stacked field.  These races were quickly followed by the first of the NorAm series, again with an incredible field of top athletes.  Snow conditions were rough and icy for the giant slalom at Aspen. I started bib 57 and couldn’t quite find my rhythm on a very tiring course. Unfortunately, I didn’t complete both runs.  We then travelled back to Dillon for the slalom races at Copper Mountain where the chalky snow conditions created challenging grooves and fell apart quickly.  I was really pleased to have won the yellow bib from the ANC series as it meant a 31 start in a world cup field of athletes including Sweden’s Mattias Hargin on 2.8 points and ranked 4th in the World!  Day one didn’t go quite as hoped with a few mistakes which cost me dearly however I had a better second run.  Day two was a much better day and I had the 3rd fastest time in the second run; I was happy to finish 15th overall.

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The Team. Fresh snow at Copper 26 November 2014

Just arrived in Canada for some more races with the first for me being a slalom at Norquay (6th Dec) where I took out first place. Several more races and then the NorAm circuit continues to Panorama, Canada, from Dec. 13 – 20 where there will be one super combined, two slalom, two GS, and two super G races.Norquay 6 Dec 2014

Fresh Snow

Front yard, Dillon CO

Week one, Dillon

We have been in Colorado two weeks now and training has been going well.  We arrived to very little snow which has meant a variety of start times to get our turn on snow along with all the other teams currently at Copper Mountain.  Some mornings we’ve been up at 4.45am for a 6.30am start while other days it’s been around 2.00pm. Even though there is little snow, our training area has been very good. It has also taken a bit of time getting used to skiing at altitude (12,330 feet / 3750m at Copper).  A few days ago we had our first snow storm arrive which was very welcome, although made for some frosty training.

Crusty Colorado Nov 2014

I have been training predominately slalom and while it is early in the season, feel I am making some progress.  Managed to sprain my thumb in the first week while skiing through ruts but fortunately it hasn’t stopped my training.  Today we were supposed to have our first gs session but it has just been cancelled due to snow and lane space issues.

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Week Two

 

 

 

Very lucky to have the HEAD technician working on my new boots, getting them fitted  this week.

HEAD boot maintenance

Boot fitting – Thanks HEAD

Beautiful sky

Another beautiful day