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!
Many thanks to the Bruce Grant Youth Trust and Altitude Brewing for your generous support towards my sporting career. I am honored to be a recipient this year, which is an important one as we head in to the next winter Olympics.
On snow training kicked off a few weeks ago, six days at The Remarkables with back to basics drills where conditions held up well considering the early season snow levels. This was followed up by a strength and conditioning camp and some more testing where I was pleased to produce some personal best results going into the start of our New Zealand season. Our strength and conditioning coach, Ben Griffin, has been keeping us on track with great support. On snow training is now underway at Coronet Peak and it’s great to see some much needed snow falling. Rocky Gully is up and running and the snow and cold temperatures this week will make for some excellent training conditions.
Thanks heaps Phil & Julie – The Roof Box Company – loving the roof box. It fits a great number of skis in as we head up the hill for training each day – six pairs of slaloms this morning which would have been an issue in the vehicle along with bags, boots, poles and all the assorted equipment not to mention athletes and coach! The coming weeks will be busy with training as we gear up for the first races of the season, starting at the end of July.
The end of my Summer approaches rapidly with a final week of strength and conditioning while at home, before flying to Colorado to start on-snow training early November.
Many thanks to the Skeggs Foundation for their continued support as I head away to the northern hemisphere for the next five months, jam-packed with travel and races. After our first block of training in Colorado we will head to Panorama, Canada for racing.