The start of a new season is underway and the physical training has begun again in readiness for the coming New Zealand season. Many thanks to the Skeggs Foundation for their continued support with funding in the latest round. Their support has been incredible over the years and so greatly appreciated. To cap off the latest Northern Hemisphere season,below are a couple of slalom runs from the end of March in Croatia.
Before climbing the peak on the left. So hot! 30 degrees C and humid.
The beach was quite a different location than usual for some dryland training and the temperature change from -20 to +30 a minor shock to the system! Two weeks of heat, rest and re-energizing has been the perfect way to finish 2015 and start the new year. Also time to reflect on the racing in Canada over the past month.
We arrived into Canada with the snow so the first series of NorAm races at Lake Louise (downhill for Willis) were disrupted along with the Super G being cancelled. We headed on down to Panorama to continue the NorAms starting with Super G, GS then slalom. This series was one of those learning curves for me with expectations, pressure and goals focus instead of taking it each run at a time. While I had some good runs (3rd fastest time in the second run GS) and the second slalom run, I did not perform as well as I would have liked.
After the NorAm races we had a Tech series, also at Panorama. Unfortunately in the first GS run I was DNF (fastest time at the first interval so skiing better) but day two I put together two good runs to take out top podium spot. First day of the slalom I made a few errors both runs but managed to come in at second place. They were all long days with a large field of athletes (140 each day) and quite a few delays. We missed day two of the slalom as had a flight to catch in Calgary. I was happy to get points results for both slalom and giant slalom over the past two months with a 15 point result in each. I start the new year in Europe with 16.45 for giant slalom and 18.36 in slalom.
Arrived in to Dillon, Colorado 2nd November to fairly mild temperatures and not a lot of snow. Dillon is a small town approx 110km from Denver and pretty centrally located between Loveland and Copper Mountain, about 20kms/20 minutes drive to each so a good place to be based for training.
Training at Copper Mountain. Race gear by One Studio
We have had some solid training since arriving with slalom, giant slalom and also super g. With the colder temperatures and high altitude (12,313 ft / 3,753 m), Copper Mountain have been going full speed with snow making. This has also been topped up with a few falls of fresh snow and colder temperatures since arriving. Due to the large number of athletes all needing to get training in and limited lane space, we have staggered starts with the earliest being 6.30am on snow. Other time slots are 10.00am and 1.00pm. We usually get a couple of hours, around 7 – 8 runs of quality training. Andres Zampa from Slovakia has joined us for the start of the season and it’s great to have him on board, along with team mate Willis Feasey and Coach, Nils Coberger.
Thank you to the Skeggs Foundation for their continued support in the latest round of grant applications. The Skeggs Foundation do a fantastic job helping to support the athletes throughout Otago working towards their goals – check out their website! Many thanks also to the Wanaka Ski Club for their continued support.
Awesome gear by One Studio – Taking care of our race suit. Stuffing your race suit into your ski bag when you’re travelling the winter world doesn’t do it any favours and shortens its life. One Studio have come up with a plan to help your suit and your planet. They up-cycling all the off-cuts and print/fabric seconds and turn them into handy protection for the clothes that make you fast on the hill.
Every race suit leaving the One Studio workroom now has it’s own custom suit bag.
Always working to keep your race gear safe and fast – check them out for the best race suits on the hill!
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.
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.