Many thanks Blowie! Just Dig It – Awesome Team, thanks for your support. Final moments packing bags and trying to get everything I need into as small as possible excess luggage but still looking at 90kgs! On my way to Denver to arrive 2nd Nov ready to hit the slopes for the northern hemisphere season. I’ve just finished off a couple of weeks of intensive dryland training building on my fitness and happy with progress.
Had a bit of fun with the Lululemon team tackling the MuleNZ course out at Moke Lake with team mate Willis and physio Robbie Moore – rather exhausting morning but a lot of fun diving through mud, running up rivers and over mountainous obstacles to complete the course.
Thanks also to continued support from Avoca with more awesome mid layer merino tops, beanies and socks. Looking forward to getting some mileage out of them in the States.
For the first four weeks I’ll be based in Dillon just outside Denver, with the first races in Vail, 20th November so I’ll have a little time to get used to the altitude.
Start of season training at Coronet Peak has been going well with good snow cover and mostly great weather. Crisp clear nights followed by bluebird days so far this week for some slalom training, although the snow has been a bit soft with ruts developing a little sooner than desired.
The previous week saw some more stormy weather but we got in some good GS training in spite of the really flat lighting. Training was cancelled on Sunday due to the mountain’s new 5cm rule – if more than 5cm of fresh snow falls overnight, no training allowed the following day! The team had our physical testing completed (thanks Ginny Rutledge at Wanaka Physio) and I’m fairly happy with my continued improvement and getting back to where I need to be. Working with Ben Griffin for dryland training and monitor health has been invaluable for keeping an eye on when I need to take a break and not become over tired.
Training at Methven started with a blast of winter weather and some of the coldest temperatures around the area with the likes of -21°C. Lots of snow fell and icy temperatures stayed. After about a month of training back in the gym, we had a bit of a physical camp and testing in Queenstown a few weeks ago and it was good to see my levels increasing. Not quite to the same level as this time last year but I am on track.
The team started with a week of intensive physical training in Methven mid June, led by Ben Griffin where we all made some good gains. Makes such a difference having someone so competent pushing us where needed – thanks Ben! After a week of dryland training and a day off, it was time to check out the snow at Mt Hutt. Conditions were perfect aside from a few rocks – good snow cover and blue bird days. First day up the mountain was a little on the cool side though at -13° C.
Mt Hutt – Nick, Jamie, me, Eliza & Willis
On snow training started with our coach, Nils Coberger taking us for a bit of free skiing and progressing into some stubbie training. The weather and mountain were awesome – many thanks to Mt Hutt for your support, couldn’t have asked for better conditions so early in the season.
Now back in Queenstown for a short block of dryland training again while the school holidays are on and then it will be back to training at Coronet Peak.
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.
Many 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.
Snow Planet – Nick, Willis, Adam
The time from our last race until the start of another Northern Hemisphere season seems to have been very brief this year, with the visit to Auckland’s Snow Planet for some fund-raising and poster signing just weeks ago. Thanks to Snow Planet for hosting our NZ Ski Racing Club Supporters Event – it was an interesting experience racing the indoor slalom. Great to meet all the young athletes.
Over the past month, my focus has been on gaining fitness and strength – it has been so beneficial having Alpine Health and Fitness supporting the Team, allowing us the use of their gym – thanks! And the task of sorting gear for the NH season – thanks once again to POC, Australia New Zealand for providing me with helmet, goggles and shin guards. Also got some excellent Avoca gear which will be great in the colder Colorado altitude; Merrell shoes and clothing also a very welcome addition. Skeggs Foundation is a tremendous and supportive organisation who have once again helped me out with some funding for the coming season, along with the team at Just Dig It – thanks Blowie! Many thanks also to Guenther Raedler – appreciate your continued support. ZoBri Trust – great to have you on board again for another season. Hamish Edwards – truly amazing to have you along for the journey! A huge thank you to all my sponsors and supporters who continue to help me to continue with the sport I love.
Adam Barwood, Willis Feasey, Nils Coberger (coach)
1st November and we have arrived in Colorado where we will be based just outside of Denver in a place called Dillon until early December. Not a lot of snow on the ground yet, but hopefully we will get in some good training before our first lot of races. This will include a couple of NorAm races before we head north to Panorama, Canada for some more races before Christmas. The team includes Willis Feasey, Nick Prebble and coach, Nils Coberger and we will be joined by Australian athlete, Luc Chevalier.