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
Jordan Cascagnette, Student-Athlete, Ski Coach