One Athlete's Mind
Over the past 19 years of my life, I've found that the "you can do anything you put your mind to" speech has been a HUGE mantra of mine, both from people giving it to me, and the other way around. So whenever I hear of a story, or see a video like this, it really speaks to me. While I'm not really much of a dancer, the moral of this video is awesome, so I wanted to share it with you (though I've always wished I could control my body well enough to do some of this :) ).
The past few weeks has been quite the new adventure, but I now have some down time to recover from a hard week's training, and to write a new update for this site. Around May 10th, I moved into my new house here in Thunder Bay. It is an old 3 bedroom house which I will be sharing with two of my teammates once they graduate high school and move up here. After a few days living in the house with essentially no furniture, or any household items, my parents were able to make the trip up here for a weekend and help me get my new house fit to live in. We had a great weekend of garage saling, cleaning and of course, many many laughs.
The following Tuesday Jacquelyn arrived, who will be staying for the summer, as well as my friends from back home from Jeremy and Andrew. We had a great day or two checking out some of the things to do in Thunder Bay, after which Jeremy and Andrew continued on their way out to Saskatchewan.
By this point I had been in my house for a little over a week, and with the help of my parents, friends and teammates, I had enough stuff in it to really make it start feeling like a home (the $10 garage sale - fooseball table really helped). May 24th, my first training camp with the team (known here as Boot Camp) got underway. This was a week full of performance and baseline testing, as well as some volume to help us get back into our usual training routines. The tests included the critical speed test (running on a track, 4000m as fast as you can, 1.5 hour break, then 1000m as fast as you can), the CCC Strength Test (pull ups, sit ups, push ups, box jumps and dips, see how many of each you can do in one minute, with one minute rest between each), and of course some good old uphill rollerski time trials (TT)(one classic rollerskiing and one double poling). Having never done most of these tests before, I did not have any previous records to try to improve on, so these tests were really just some maximal efforts for me to compare myself to when I do them again in the future. I was pretty happy with how all of the tests went, especially the critical speed test. Going in to it I really wasn't sure what kind of times I should expect from myself, so I was really just hoping to be close to 14 minutes in the 4000m, and 3:10 in the 1000m. I ended up finishing the 4000m with a time of 13:37, and the 1000m in 2:56, so I was very happy with these times, and can't wait until the Fall when I can try to improve on those times.
The camp wrapped up yesterday with the rollerski TTs out at Ouimet Canyon, followed by going to see The Hangover Part II with some friends (more shocking, but not as good as the first one). I now have a couple easy training days to recover from the camp before I start back into my training. I have another treadmill running test next week, during which I'll have to run as fast as I can for as long as I can, so that should be fun :).
Until next time,
Jordan Cascagnette, Student-Athlete, Ski Coach