|The third grey-est day, still pretty gorgeous.|
|I was dazzled to get my first ever art delivery! Hand coloured by my little cousin Anna - we both love The Little Mermaid.|
Generally I prefer not to miss out on potentially fun things (I suffer from FOMO, see last month's Cosmo column for an explanation) so I decided to hold my own official "Back-to-Basics/Punk-Rock" training camp here in Canmore. What on earth is that, you ask?
In short, it means I dedicated this entire week of training to getting back to the simple basics of 1) why I love ski training, 2) my goals as an athlete and 3) reconnecting with my internal motivation to train well day in and day out.
|Ice baths are a recovery staple. Cold fresh Quarry water keeps leg injuries away!|
|Keeping it punk rock during intervals at Lake Minnewanka|
|Out of Maple syrup and reduced to eating store bought jam... The HORROR! Time to visit home, right away.|
As September ends, so does the last hard block of summer training. This week it's time for a some rest and easier training to let the body recover and "absorb" the work it's done over the past few months. I find I rest best at home with family and friends so I'm making a trip back to home Mississauga and to Grandma's for Thanksgiving. I'm already excited for recovery turkey.
Aside from the little break, October means race season is less than 2 short months away. Training will now be geared more towards shorter, harder intensity sessions and sharpening the mind and body to be ready to compete. Lucky for us in Canmore, the Canmore Nordic Centre creates a loop of snow to ski on in mid-October called "Frozen Thunder". Story goes that they stockpile snow late in the winter and cover it with sawdust for insulation through the summer. In less than 2 weeks the sawdust will be scraped off and the snow rolled out to create a ski track - wild!
|I'm told there is snow under all that sawdust..|
|Frozen Thunder's summer hibernation locale.|
|October 1st in Canmore. Yikes! Makes Frozen Thunder seems more possible...|