One Athlete's Mind
The past 6 weeks have been a great block of training, with lots of volume and strength training, as well as a few solid intensity sessions. The first half of June was spent doing regular training with the team, until the 23rd when we began our second training camp of the year. This was a 15-day camp for us that overlapped with the annual Lake Superior Ski District (LSSD) training camp. This was a 5-day training camp for skiers across the province between the ages of 12-16, and was an opportunity for our team to help coach these athletes and share our knowledge of the sport.
The LSSD camp ran from July 1 – 5, while my team continued on until the 10th. We also took part in one of the weekly running races put on by Fresh Air Experience at the Kamview Nordic Centre. This was my first race since the ski season, so I was very anxious to see how my body would react, and to see how I stacked up to the rest of the athletes on my team. It was a 7km trail run, and I ended up finishing 4th. I felt good during the race, and was fairly happy with my result, so it was a pretty good race for me.
And while all of this training was going on, my other two roommates finally made their moves up to Thunder Bay after recently graduating from their respective high schools.
This past Sunday marked the last day of our training camp, and the beginning of a much needed recovery week. This is a very important week for us to look after ourselves and make sure we are well rested, because next Wednesday we’ll be off to Canmore AB for our next training camp which will run until August 8th. This camp will entail 5 days of dryland training in Canmore, followed by 7 days skiing on the Haig Glacier, and finished off with another 5 days of training back in Canmore. Having done a July training camp on the Haig for the past two years, I am very excited about this camp because it is always a great time to make some big gains in technique. I anticipate doing around 25 hours of skiing that week, so I am incredibly excited to get on snow!
Until next time,
Jordan Cascagnette, Student-Athlete, Ski Coach