Farewell Canada!

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Toby Creek, Panorama

The Panorama NorAm series are over and now it’s time for a quick break. For the most part, the weather stayed clear for the week however it was incredibly cold with a couple of days approaching -30°C.  The snow-making clouds were more of a problem creating some poor visibility at times.  My toes suffered a little with the extreme cold but hopefully the numbness will disappear over the break.

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Alpine Combined, Panorama

sg-panorama-13dec16It has been an exciting week of racing for me with some great results and PB’s.  Starting with Super G and bib 47, I moved into 22nd spot and made a good points result.  Day two, still bib 47 I had an amazing run and finished on the podium in 3rd position and made a points result of 19.36 (currently on 53.48) surprising quite a few people as well as myself!  Day 3 was super combined and I had bib start 61 as I haven’t raced a combined for a while to get any results.  In the super g portion I came 12th, also a points result 21.95 and skied the slalom portion a little conservatively finishing 17th, scoring 39.73 (currently 155)

Moving on to the giant slalom, I made a mistake on day one and came out on a fall-away turn.  Day two I started 21 and skied into 9th, couple of mistakes but pretty happy with the way my skiing is improving.  In the slalom from bib 18 I moved into 4th place, a frustrating 0.19 sec off the podium.  Final day, also slalom I moved into 4th spot missing the podium again by a small margin.

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Race start for Super G and GS

On the morning we packed up to head out of Panorama, the temperature warmed up by almost 20 degrees to a balmy -7°C and snowing.  After a successful NorAm series and the long trip home, I’m looking forward to a few days of warmth and leisure before the next  section of training and races in Europe.

Many thanks to all the volunteers and workers who braved those cold temperatures for us, putting on an excellent series. Wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas and all the best in the new year.

early season

It has been a little while since my last post, however it has taken some time for the snow to be sufficient for some training to begin. Much of my time has been spent on strength and conditioning as well as a short back to snow camp at Mt Hutt in June.  We have had a couple of S & C Camps with Ben Griffin in Queenstown and Methven with some testing to see our progress from last year, as well as where we are on a National level.  Pleased to say progress on last year has been good with some personal bests achieved.

Coronet Peak View

Coronet Peak View

The last couple of months have been much warmer than usual and much less snowfall.  The training at Mt Hutt went well although the snow cover was a bit lean in places.  Back in Queenstown our on-snow start was delayed due to lack of snow but we have since managed some free skiing drills on the main runs at Coronet Peak which was a bit of a challenge with the school holidays in full swing.  The last few days we have been doing more drills and started on stubbie training at the Remarkables ski field.  Little bit further to travel but conditions have been OK – snow is a little soft and dry but it is good to be back on skis.

Remarks

Remarkables

Remarkables View

We had about a foot of snow last night so hopefully it will be enough to get Rocky Gully up and running for some serious training!

US Bound!

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.

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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.

mulenz river sit adamThanks 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.

Northern Hemisphere 2014

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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.

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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.

2014 NZ Season Underway

It’s been awhile – had a tiny break from the Ski Life after Europe and the past two months I have been concentrating on fitness with the start of on-snow training a little delayed due to lack of snow but it’s all go now.  All sorts of crazy weather but we have finally had a good cold spell and even though a bit dry, Coronet Peak and their 212 snow guns have been super busy making snow so the start of our training season has been awesome. Home base is always a great place to train and it’s working well with all the National team members together.

Wakatipu Basin

Wakatipu Basin on way to Coronet

Training has been going really well with early starts, on snow at 7.30am – which has been a little dark. The snow is finally falling today!  Always thinking of my sponsors and supporters who have contributed so much towards allowing me to continue to follow my dream – thanks again Team, truly value your continued support.  Now wearing the awesome clothing and gear from Merrell and Patagonia and getting our way through many a healthy One Square Meals!

The Team

The Team

We have been fitting in two sessions each day, sometimes a block of slalom and then giant slalom or a double block of either. Then maybe a gym session in the afternoon. Today, with snow falling we had our first super g session followed by GS – after the fresh snowfall overnight there was some slipping to do but was still a good day.

 

merrell             prod_oct_choc              Patagonia team

 

Race Season All Go

The plan for my start of the race season was to head over to Mt Hotham, Australia for the first of the ANC races, however with not enough snow these races were cancelled.  Instead, our team along with the Australians who had stayed on for training, headed over to Treble Cone and Cardrona.  First races of the season are now out of the way with mixed results but it worked out well for me, with a win on my 21st! The Wanaka Tech Series started with two slalom races down Big Skite at Treble Cone on the steep pitch, pretty challenging conditions.

Mike Rishworth, Adam, Craig Marshall. Slalom

Mike Rishworth, Adam, Craig Marshall. Slalom

with Mark Engel

with Mark Engel

First day was a personal best result with 17.35 points and first place against some top racers.  Day two I came out in the second run while ex training buddy from Sugar Bowl days and US Athlete, Mark Engel took out gold.

Cardrona always throws out some surprises, good and bad so it was a really mixed set of results for a lot of people with the two days of giant slalom down Sluice Box.  It’s a pretty flat hill and even the slightest deviation from the best line can take seconds off.  Top racer Adam Zampa from Slovakia took out first place on day one but slipped to 6th on day two.  I made points both days with the best being 22.20 on day one.  Really enjoying a couple of days off after four days of way too early starts at 5.00am and a lot of travel.

photo Jane Sinclair

photo Jane Sinclair

It’s been a little bit too warm and no new snow so our training area is looking a bit thin.  Working on some new HEAD boots, getting the most comfortable fit out of them ready for the next races at Coronet Peak coming up soon.