One Athlete's Mind
Is it just me or did September just fly by? I can't believe it's already Thanksgiving! Only seven weeks from today until my first race of the season (wow, I just counted that out on my calendar... looks like time will continue to fly by)!
A couple weeks ago the team and I headed about five and a half hours south to Telemark Wisconsin for a 6 day intensity camp. We stayed at the Telemark Resort and Conference Centre, home of the American Birkie (a very highly attended, some might even say prestigious, 50km race that takes place every February). Having never raced in the USA save for Washington, this was my first time to Telemark, and it did not disappoint. The training venues were really awesome, with downhill ski slopes right outside our doors for ski striding intensity, and great roads for rollerskiing.
Because I feel like these posts are seriously lacking in visual aids, here is a video from my training down south. (it's from a long zone 1 rollerski, so I apologize for it's potential lack of entertainment).
This camp marked the end of quite the doozie of a month long training block, so once I got back to town I took it a bit easier to try to recover from that and get ready for the next training cycle. I was a weird kind of tired after that training block, a kind that I had never really experienced before so it was quite interesting (as I'm saying this in my head I realize it's probably not that interesting to others hahaha...). Simply put, I think my mind just needed a little rest and some time to get it's grip so that I could get back to training with a positive outlook on things again. And thankfully, a little under halfway through my 4 hour rollerski earlier today, everything in my mind clicked back into place and now I'm back to lovin' life.
I am now 4 days into my next training block, and in 10 days from now I'll be back in the van for my second trip to Canmore of the year. For those that don't know, the Canmore Nordic Center stock piles snow through the summer and lays it out over a few kilometers every October so that athletes like myself can have the opportunity to train on snow before the race season begins. So I will be spending two weeks out there trying to cram as much on snow time in as I can before October 30, when I'll be flying back to Ontario.
Not long after that (November 10 to be specific), NDC Thunder Bay will be hosting our annual Nordicfest Fundraiser here in Thunder Bay. This is a social event with an awesome dinner, as well as a silent auction. There may be a live auction as well for bigger items (there was last year) but I haven't heard one way or another for this year. But either way, it's always a great night to meet people, support a worthy cause, and have a great time. ... I didn't mean for that to be a big advertisement, but feel free to contact me if you're interested in getting tickets haha... Sorry about that.
But anyway, I think that's about it on the "what's new with Jordan" front. I hope everyone is loving this Fall weather as much as I am!
Until next time,
"Peace begins when expectations end." - Sri Chimnoy
Jordan Cascagnette, Student-Athlete, Ski Coach