One Athlete's Mind
When I wrote my last post on my blog here I was hoping to make my blog posts a little more frequent... I guess this goes to show this is a bad time of year to make a goal like that.
After the Pancake run a few weeks ago, the team and I continued our final preparations for the race season, and on November 30th we traveled from Thunder Bay to Silver Star for our last mini training camp of the year. This is also the beginning of our early season racing trip, with the first NorAm (North American) races taking place this weekend in Silver Star. The races this weekend will come in the form of classic sprints on Saturday, and a 15km classic individual start on Sunday. This will be my first season competing in the Senior Men category, so I am very excited to see how I stack up against the fastest men in the country! Following the race on Sunday we will be driving to Rossland BC for the next set of NorAm races taking place the following weekend. And then after that, I'll be home for Christmas!!
With my first week on snow almost at an end, I must say I have been pleasantly surprised by how well my new techniques that I developed over the summer on rollerskis are translating onto snow. This is something that can prove to be difficult at times, so I'm very happy with how my actual on snow skiing is coming along. Yesterday the team and I did a classic TT (time trial) just to get any pre race jitters out and to experience racing on snow before we get to do it for real on the weekend. This TT may have been by best ski racing experience I've ever had, so I am now even MORE excited to see what I can do in the NorAms. In the past my biggest problem in distance races had been that when I get tired, my technique would completely fall apart. And for anyone who knows what that's like, you know that it is basically impossible to continue skiing fast when this happens. Because of this, I made it one of my goals over the Summer/Fall months to really address this problem, and after yesterday's TT I think it's safe to say that I have achieved that goal. I think when you reach a certain point of fatigue in a race, there will always be a little bit of technique breakdown, but I have definitely improved on this drastically over last year!
Today the team and I are taking an easy day to relax in Vernon, both to recover from the past week of training, and also to reset our minds to race mode and start mentally preparing for the weekend. Wednesday to Friday will be spent on the race courses testing skis and doing what we need to do to give ourselves the best chance of racing fast. And then come Saturday, it's race time!
I may do another post later this week if anything overly exciting happens, but if not check back early next week for a recap of the races!
Jordan Cascagnette, Student-Athlete, Ski Coach