Kiwi Winter 2018

Coronet Peak June 2018

View over Wakatipu Basin from Coronet Peak

Following on from a bit of down time catching the last of summer, I had a great build up of strength and conditioning (thanks to Ben Griffin’s programme) getting ready for the  Kiwi Winter 2018. I also got to experience a WIM HOF workshop in Paradise, Glenorchy learning to be comfortable while uncomfortable, experiencing Cold Therapy, Breathing and Commitment – thanks to the team, I certainly took a lot away from the weekend with some good tools to work with.

Plenty of good weather left in Autumn for dryland training before the first of the snow arrived so took the opportunity to get on the bike as well as hitting the gym.

In no time at all it was back on snow at The Remarkables for our first camp, back to basics with the NZ Ski & Coberger Team.  We had excellent conditions for so early in the season with plenty of snow cover and good weather.

Excited now for some equipment testing of new skis and boots arriving very soon. In the meantime, more strength and conditioning before our next on snow training block starts.

Shout out to the Skeggs Foundation for their continued support.  Check out their page, and while you are there, why not look at getting a Skeggs fuel card to help out numerous athletes!

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Season Done

After a long Northern Hemisphere season and feeling exhausted, I’ve had a much needed break and it’s time to update and get ready for the new season!

Kranjska Gora World Cup

Moving on from my last post, after the Olympics we headed back to Europe to continue on the World Cup giant slalom circuit.  My energy levels were hitting rock bottom and I got sick after leaving Korea.  Spent four days in bed prior to the next WC race at Kranjska Gora, Slovenia and almost didn’t race.  Conserved my energy in the warm up and was then surprised how well I did in some tough conditions with fresh snow leading up to the race.  Starting bib 50 I moved up to 35 just 0.8 seconds off making top 30.  On arriving back to our Austrian base, I managed to find a doctor working on Sunday and picked up some antibiotics for what turned out to be strep throat.    From Europe we headed over to Canada to race in the NorAm finals but with no NorAm points, flat terrain and more fresh snow I was frustrated to not perform so well.  After the NorAms in Kimberley, BC I headed on to Red Mountain BC for the Canadian Nationals, Willis headed south to Sun Valley and coach headed home back to New Zealand.

Canadian Nationals, Giant Slalom

Frustratingly we had another foot of fresh snow the night before the races but at least there was a little more gradient on the mountain and I picked up a podium spot for the giant slalom, unfortunately without much slalom training the slalom races could have gone better.

After the Canadian Nationals it was finally time for some down time so a couple of days after arriving back home in New Zealand I hopped over the ditch to Australia for the last  of summer warmth to recharge.  Had an amazing time just relaxing and exploring beaches along the eastern coast before it was time to head home and start back into my dryland programme.

Not all dryland happens in the gym, having some fun on the bike

Along the Arrow River

The Northern Hemisphere season was again filled with amazing experiences, along with ups and downs, all of it made possible with help from my Team, generous sponsors, supporters, friends and family, not to mention Fans! Thank you one and all for your ongoing support.

Team Edwards, Snowvision Foundation, One Studio, NZSki, Sotheby’s International, Browns Ski Shop, Wanaka Ski & Snowsports Club, Skeggs Foundation, Community Trust of Southland, Just Dig It, ZoiBri Trust, Robert Moore Chiropractor, Alpine Health & Fitness, Avoca, Merrell NZ,  XTM Performance, Auckland Bone & Joint Surgery, McClean & Co, One Square Meal, Adidas, Remarkables Physio

2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics

Stunning experiences in Korea but the journey is not over. Back to Austria now and I will be racing again next week in Kranjska Gora! Thank you to everyone for all the kind words and support!! It was unbelievable to walk into the opening ceremony with team NZ and all the other great nations.

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Our first race was scheduled for the 15th so we were able to get in some great training prior to the races, as well as getting used to the time zone and conditions.

A number of races were rescheduled due to strong winds with our first race postponed a day. First up was an amazing day for the Super G at Jeongseon – unfortunately made a pit stop near the top and lost my speed.  Managed to save it but unable to pick up those lost seconds.  Giant slalom on the 18th – while I had some great sections I just had too many time costing mistakes to put me in the top 30 which meant I missed the valuable advantage of making the flip.  I was happy with my slalom however was not able to finish my run.

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And the closing ceremony – a few images although we missed it as had to leave early to be back to our base in Austria to continue training for the next world cup race in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.

A few images of my experiences in South Korea – with a number of interviews, family visits, trips to the beach to explore the Fire Art Festa at Gyeongpo Beach, food people and places

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After a real roller coaster ride, it is farewell to South Korea with another incredible experience to add to my journey and I now need to work hard to regroup and re-energize for the next World Cup.

Pyeongchang 2018

Farewell 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics!!

Austria 2018 28th Feb

Back in Austria now in time for the “Beast from the East” big Chill for Europe

January 2018

Some exciting news to start – I’m thrilled to have been selected to represent New Zealand in PyeongChang, Korea at my second Winter Olympic Games.  Thanks so much to all my sponsors and supporters – you have been amazing and without your continued belief and support, I would not have made it this far.  Thanks Wanaka Ski Club for the latest update in funding! 

January has been a month full of challenging experiences on the World Cup circuit.

Training at Soelden

First GS race for the month was in Adelboden which was a challenge just getting to the venue.  A lot of fresh snow followed by heavy rain washed out a good amount of road into the town so we had to wait, then travel convoy style on a one way road.  I have been pretty happy with my training however getting into the race mode mindset is proving challenging for me. It’s been a pretty bumpy ride physically and mentally with some of the toughest/steepest slopes.  On to Cortina, Italy for a couple of Super G races on the women’s WC course –  Beautiful region, and certainly enjoyed the food!  The final WC GS for the month was in Garmisch, Germany where we had another super steep coming towards the finish after some flatter top sections. Pretty bumpy ride, unfortunately I was a DNF but it’s been an incredible time with some invaluable experiences and learning curve.

Garmisch, Germany WC GS

Bit of a change of pace for a couple of days after the WC GS at Garmisch with some exploring of Munich to recharge the batteries before back into training from our base in Austria.  Final week before we depart for Korea!

 

2018 – Happy New Year!

Hope everyone has had a great Christmas and wishing one and all a Happy New Year!  The new year has begun after a short warm break and we are right back into it, currently training at Zell am See, Austria and about to head to Adelboden for a couple of days before the next World Cup.  Just a brief review and series of images, thanks  ©Agence Zoom, from the World Cup races.

World Cup Slalom – Val d’Isere, France

Leading up to Christmas was a pretty full on WC schedule which was quite a learning experience (ongoing) It’s been a really exciting couple of months as well as quite a different level of physical and mental fatigue with definitely the steepest, roughest slopes I’ve ever skied. I am reasonably happy with the way my skiing has been going – with plenty to learn. The weather was a bit of a problem – in Val d”Isere with the blizzard of a snow storm, fresh snow before Alta Badia, and all the races were a pretty bumpy ride for me. We stayed on to do the slalom race although I had very little in the way of slalom training so found it particularly tough.

Really enjoyed our short break in Milan, getting a bit of culture and breathing space. Alta Badia was another beautiful ski resort. Bit of a mixed result in terms of performance – during training the first day didn’t go so well but 2nd day was good. The speed was a bit next level at Alta Badia, even compared to the other World Cups. Watching live streaming the GS course looked quite turny but was in actual fact just very steep and fall line. Need to spend a bit more time here to do well!  The following images are from Beaver Creek, Colorado; Val d’Isere, France and Alta Badia, Italy.

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Looking forward to the next series of World Cup races – will update when possible!  Thanks for all the support!

USA – Beaver Creek December 2017

Time has flown with November gone and December well and truly started.  The training at Copper Mountain and Vail continued with some excellent progression in my giant slalom with speed increasing.  In no time at all the NorAm races were done and dusted, unfortunately with not the results I was aiming for.  Fresh snow the night before the first races didn’t help and I had 2 x DNF for the GS races.  With just two days of slalom training before the NorAm SL race, I was quite pleased with how I went in the second run but not so much overall.  Had a day trip to Denver and Boulder for a bit of much needed down time and then concentrated on more training getting ready for the Birds of Prey World Cup giant slalom at Beaver Creek on the 3rd December.

The atmosphere at Beaver Creek was amazing, perfect weather and good slope conditions, started bib 51.  Felt a bit slow out of the gate but had some good times lower down, unfortunately missing top 30 qualifying by 0.64 second.  A little time to hang out and watch second run before the mad rush to pack and head to the airport for our flight to Europe.  Thank you to all the volunteers, athletes, race officials, parents, mountains – all involved in these amazing races.

We are now in France heading for our first taste of training at Val d’Isere where the next world cup giant slalom race will be.

Quiet moment at Lake Annecy, France

Europe October 2017

We arrived to a very spring looking Europe with a lot of green!  First race of the season on our programme listed as World Cup GS, Sölden Austria.  Training got under way and we got time on the race piste which was invaluable.  Starts with a bit of a flatter section then most of the course goes to a pitch around 65 degrees then flattens out again at the finish.  As described on the official Sölden website: – the superb slope features a different shape every year. It’s easy to explain: the race track is built on glacier ice which moves permanently. Especially in its lower part, the slope has become steeper and steeper over the last years – as if a 65% gradient wasn’t enough!

We also trained on the piste beside the race area (called The Icebox – with good reason!) and got some more great training.  The World Cup race was cancelled due to blizzard conditions so we packed up and got ready to head on to Colorado for the next training block.  Was great to pick up some new skis from HEAD as well.

Solden wind

Blizzard conditions race day at Soelden

After a few delays with flights (mechanical problems, re-routing) we finally arrived into Denver start of November on to home base for the next month in Dillon.  Training has started at Copper Mountain and it’s incredibly tiring at the moment getting into the new time zone as well as coping with the high altitude (approx 12,300ft – 3,750m)

Big thank you to Skeggs Foundation for their funding support, always appreciated! Now we will concentrate on the next training block before the NorAm races at Copper Mountain and Vail followed by the World Cup at Beaver Creek.