Tuesday, 24 September 2013

The Great NINJA Buff Fundraiser!

Hey Friends,

I'm very proud to announce that Team Ninja has a new member: Buff Canada has come on as a huge sponsor for us and provided us with custom TEAM NINJA Buffs! We are very grateful for Peter Collins and Buff Canada's incredible generosity. 

I'll be in this for every workout and race for the next year!

The Ninjas will be sporting our new Buffs while training and racing towards our Olympic dreams and you can do the same by getting your very own TEAM NINJA Buff.

Custom Edition TEAM NINJA - NOT available in stores!

If you want to show your support for Team NINJA while looking like a total BOSS, I'll send you your very own custom edition TEAM NINJA BUFF. Simply send me your mailing address and donate $30 through the donate button to your right. Your Buff will arrive within one week. All proceeds go directly to funding the training and racing escapades of Team Ninja.

Looking forward to having you as another new member of TEAM NINJA, HIIIEYA!

Sincerely,

Ninj-Alana

For more info on sweet Custom Buffs check out www.buyabuff.com

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Kicking the Post-Injury "Hangover"

After a solid 8 weeks of highly modified, reduced training, my back is starting to be good again! An MRI showed a torn L4-L5 disc with protrusion and damage to the discs above and below but no herniation or nerve damage. This wasn't great news but it wasn't terrible either, it explained the months of back pain and confirmed, to much relief, that surgery was not necessary.

Being able to mountain bike again a few weeks ago really saved my sanity as things were still healing and gave me a break from skiing in pain with awkward technique. Now I'm working to get back into a routine of regular, focused, hard training. 

Visited friend Adele in Revy for some riding and QT, inspirational belt buckle she has!

Interestingly, through the period of actually being injured, it didn't feel too, too hard to stay positive and optimistic that it would pass and things would be ok. What I didn't anticipate was that getting back into regular training would be the harder part. Once my back started feeling good enough to do more regular training I found myself feeling exhausted, out of shape and terrified that my disc would slip back out at any second. I've been describing the feeling as "The Post Injury Hangover", even though the injury was nothing even remotely resembling a party, getting back to regular training makes me feel like I might have had too much fun last night, every day.

Some days I've had energy and some days feel like my goals for the winter are impossibly far away.

Two weeks ago all 4 Ninjas were together for a sweet tempo workout up Norquay, this was a pretty good day:

Me, Amanda, Zoe, Chandra
Wet from the rain but happy :)

A few days later it took all the tricks I have to get through a 3h45 rollerski. Music, Caffeinated training candy, Pink Skis and a blinged-out water belt:


Then there was a good 2x20 min classic tempo workout where I actually did some hard double pole for the first time since Canada Day!


Then there was a run to Banff where I thought I wasn't going to make it, running felt so hard. Actually I didn't quite make it... I ran 19k then hitchhiked the rest of the way into town... but if I didn't have some good friends and kitty gloves I would have fallen apart much sooner: 

With Zoe and Catherine Vipond

Today I made it through a 3.5 hour ski (with the help of a coffee break) and felt about this tired and happy at the end if it:

"Life is not so bad today" - Alexis

End of the training week means it's time to do a laundry load of socks and gloves... to get ready for next week: 

Good thing our washing machine is working again.
 It helps to take a rest and do fun stuff. My buddy Sebastian works at the Canmore Community Garden and harvested some buckwheat last week. We hulled it and made it into buckwheat pancakes for dinner a few nights ago. The chocolate chips are totally local and organic too .... ;)


Overall, I'm just trying to keep it simple. Train hard, sleep well, eat well, work. Be positive, have some fun, keep calm that race season is still 2.5 months away and I have some time to pull it together. I think things are going in the right direction, but I might be feel completely the opposite tomorrow. Either way, IMA keep going!

Thanks for checkin' in! :)