One Athlete's Mind
Wow, my last update was from Telemark... Sorry about that...
It has been quite the past month or so in the life of Jordan, with lots of traveling and lots of new experiences. With my training season basically over now, I am pleased to say that I couldn't be happier with how the past 6 months have gone. I made some significant changes to how I trained this year, and time will tell how those changes impact my racing season, but I am definitely feeling great and CANNOT WAIT to start racing!!!
So, my last post was written well before my last big training block, so I'll fill you in on how things went during that in my second trip out to Canmore of the year. This time we were way more prepared for a 23 hour road trip. Here is how we passed the time... Hmmm, crap. I can't seem to get the photo to work... OK, well we managed to rig up a laptop and strap (with lots of duct tape) to the ceiling of the van. We then inverted the screen so that it was no longer upside down, set up another rigging behind us on the ceiling for some speakers, hooked everything up and proceeded to watch several movies in our very own movie theatre/team van. It was truly awesome.
For some reason unknown to me, this time around in Canmore the altitude really took it's toll on me for the first week of training. I didn't let it slow me down too much though, getting over 20 hours of on snow time in those first 6 days. After my first intensity on snow, I started getting used to the altitude and was able to hammer out another 20+ hour week on that glorious 1.8km Frozen Thunder loop, and finished that week off with a Classic Sprint, followed by a 10km Skate TT (time trial). As you can imagine, after 45 hours or so of training over those 2 weeks, those races were difficult to say the least. Despite my fatigue I still managed to feel surprisingly strong double poling in the Classic Sprint (though the uphill was a little daunting), but the next day my body was having none of it when I asked it to ski fast for 10 more kilometers. That TT was my signal that it had been a fantastic 2 weeks of skiing, but it was time to shut'er down. I took it easy for my last couple days in Canmore before boarding a plane and heading to Guelph to visit Jacquelyn.
I had a great little adventure navigating my way to Guelph from the Pearson Airport. Being a big time small town guy, I can't say I have much (or any) city transit experience, so I made sure I had a very tentative plan before I left Canmore that morning. But to my surprise and relief, that plan worked beautifully and I even got to ride on a train :D!
After a very nice visit in Guelph with Jacquelyn, my wonderful parents came down and picked us both up and we all headed back to Penetang for the weekend. Thank you to everyone who made my visit home so enjoyably fun and relaxed. It was really great to see some family and old friends again!
Nov. 5 I returned to Thunder Bay to continue recovering from Canmore and start preparing for the race season. It may have taken a little longer than I anticipated, but as of a few days ago I am now back into a normal training load, carefully creating my training plan to get me ready for my first races on Dec. 1st and 2nd. These races will take place in, you guessed it, Canmore AB, and will be arguably some of the biggest races of my season. With the World Cup coming to Canada for two weeks this December, these races will be selection races to decide who from Canada will get to represent our country on home soil. So while this may not be my biggest goal of the year, it will be my first opportunity to qualify to race in a World Cup, so I will be doing everything in my power to make my World Cup debut in a few weeks time!
I have a little under one more week here in Thunder Bay before starting my third road trip of year out to Canmore next Thursday, Nov. 22nd. The plan is to train for a couple days after we arrive, do one TT on snow with some other training centre teams, and then begin preparing for the races. I’ll try to do another post after those first races in Canmore to let everyone know where I am heading next, but if you want to follow along for yourselves the results should be posted live as the races are happening at www.zone4.ca .
Until next time,
Jordan Cascagnette, Student-Athlete, Ski Coach