One Athlete's Mind
Last week marked our first official week as a team up here in Thunder Bay with the 2012/2013 NDC Thunder Bay team. Like every year with NDC Thunder Bay, we kicked off the season with our annual "Boot Camp", a week long mini training camp to get back into the full time training mindset. This year we have eleven athletes including myself, with two new members and a new head coach. With most of the athletes being very similar in age, it's going to be a great year for motivation and pushing each other past our limits!
Thanks to an excellent recovery month and couple weeks of building into my training again, I have been able to start this training season in much better shape than last year (seriously, it's like night and day), having not lost much in the way of my fitness throughout April (I struggled with this a lot last year, making it a major focus for me this April). Boot Camp was a huge success for me, having completed my first 20 hour week of the year with no injuries or excess fatigue. I'll now be taking it a little easier this week as I prepare for my first big training block beginning next week. After having a few good chats with my new coach, Mark Doble, last week, I am super excited to get this training season underway and see how fast I can be next winter!
Now that I'm back into regular training and staying put in Thunder Bay until mid July, my big goal outside of training will be to find a part time job for this year. It didn't work out so well last year, as no one really wants to hire someone who is only around for four very spaced out months of the year. But I'm hoping that with these several weeks before I leave, combined with a different application approach, this will be enough to better my chances this year.
I am also back on the sponsorship campaign trail, brainstorming away looking for some new ideas. I've been lucky enough in the past to have such an amazing group of sponsors (see sponsors tab above), and I've already confirmed with Dave Parent at Septic Consulting and Design Services, as well as Sedgwick Post & Hogg Chartered Accountants that they are on board to continue the support, so HUGE THANKS to both of them!!
As always, if anyone has any interest in joining my team and becoming a sponsor, I would be more than happy to connect with you to discuss such matters.
While I don't have any training camps coming up until July, I will try to get a post up here at least every couple weeks, hopefully more often, to let everyone know how things are going.
Until next time,
Happy Training Season!!!!!!
"Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy."
- Norman Vincent Peale
Since April 4th, I have been enjoying some great down time with my family and friends here in Penetanguishene. With a little over a week left in my stay, I'm looking forward to getting to see a few more people I haven't had a chance to see yet. Later this week I'll be getting together with some old high school friends, and this Thursday Sam (my sister) is coming home!!! I haven't seen Sam in over a year, so I am incredibly excited to see her again, and I think we're even heading to Canada's Wonderland on Sunday with my Dad for some fun family excitement! And on a more business-y note, with the arrival of May, it's time to shake up the body and get ready for what will be a great 2012 training season!
A couple weeks ago I received a phone call from the Head coach from my old team, the National Development Center (NDC) Thunder Bay team, informing me that I have been named to the 2012/2013 team. This means that next Thursday, May 10th, I'll be heading back up north to Thunder Bay to meet up with the rest of the team and kick off the training season with our first training camp starting May 15th. I'm guessing it will be during this camp that I'll receive the information outlining the rest of my training season, but I do know that the plan is to be back on the Haig Glacier in Alberta for a week in July, and then out in Canmore in late October for some early season on snow training. From what I've heard so far, this should be a great year of training with some great new and old training partners, awesome new coach and a very well designed training plan!
With training getting underway, I should be back to blogging on a more regular basis.
So until next time,
Happy new year!
Jordan Cascagnette, Student-Athlete, Ski Coach