One Athlete's Mind
July 20th (I know, it's been way too long), the team and I packed up our things in Thunder Bay and headed off for Canmore AB for our third training camp of the year. This was a very highly anticipated camp for everyone, as the training in Canmore and on the Haig Glacier is always fantastic. But for me, I had the added enthusiasm about returning to Canmore having lived there for the past 2 years, so I was very excited to get back out west and spend some time in my old home.
The camp was broken down into 3 week long parts. The first week we stayed in Canmore getting in some great dryland training on the many venues Canmore has to offer, as well as preparing for the next week which would be spent at altitude, skiing on the Haig Glacier. This was the best part of the camp for me, because ever since I started going up to the Haig in the summer 3 years ago, it has always been a huge success in improving my technique on snow, and getting in a ton of volume (training hours). Over the seven days on snow I skied approx. 180km on the 5 to 6km loop. And on top of all the great training we did, I also got to play as much disc golf as I could ever want on the 9 hole course around the bunk houses (during our down time up there, there isn't a whole lot else to do). And in doing so I managed another hole in one, and in the last round before we ran out on the last day, I finished with a score of -7, which I've been told is one throw off the course record. I guess I know what my goal for next year's camp will be :).
The final part of our camp was one more week of dryland training in Canmore. This week included two intensity sessions: one max effort to see how much pain we could put ourselves through :), and one zone 3 workout in which we were joined by a few of my old teammates from the Alberta World Cup Academy. Both sessions were tons of fun, and despite the fatigue that was settling in from our training to date, I still felt very good during each of them. The last day of our camp just happened to be my birthday, so I made sure I did something memorable to celebrate my 20 years of life. In the morning a few of us went out to Old Goat Glacier just outside of Canmore for a hike, during which Timo and I found what looked to be a cave part about 60 feet up the face of one of the mountains. We decided to try to get up to it to see what was inside, which then provided me with my huge adrenaline rush I was looking for. After climbing about 40 feet up this rock, we concluded that if we went any higher, we'd probably have to get a helicopter to come bring us back down. As I had been saying since we began, it was fairly easy to climb up this mountain, it was the climbing down part that had me very worried. And around the 40 foot mark, Timo also realized this concern. So what took us about 5 - 10 minutes to climb up took about 40 minutes to make our way down. Who knew finding hand and foot holds was so much harder when climbing back down? (This guy)
But, after a couple close calls and almost having to call a helicopter for Timo ;), we made it back down to the trail, and I got the birthday adventure I had been looking for.
The next day we headed to the Calgary airport and I parted ways with my team. While most headed back to Thunder Bay for their rest weeks, I journeyed home to Penetang for a visit with family. My first week back was a very low volume week, and I was able to spend most of it at Jacquelyn's cottage. Having only ever been there in April, it was a much more relaxing experience this time of year. We had a great few days of lazing around, swimming, playing lots of scrabble, and of course, eating tons of delicious food. On the last day I even tried wind surfing, keyword being "tried." For anyone thinking of trying it, I recommend watching a video of how it is actually done before going out. Or even just having any knowledge of how sails work for that matter. But in my hour and half of an attempt, I did manage to go a few metres, and I must have spun around in circles at least a dozen times, so I guess it wasn't a complete failure.
This past weekend being my last of the visit, my Dad and I, along with two other teammates, took part in the annual Mountainview 9 hour bike race in Midland. I've always loved doing this event, so I was very happy when my Dad asked me to be on his team. Despite a 1.5 hour pause in the race due to thunder storms, it was still a great day of riding. And with yesterday being my last day home, Jacquelyn, her sister Lindsey and I made the best of it. We went to the new Sushi restaurant in Midland for a very affordable all you can eat lunch, followed by spending some time at a driving range, and then the bowling alley. Jacquelyn and I spent a fair bit of time playing Wii Golf and Wii Bowling at my parents’ house and were getting pretty good, so we wanted to see if the skills were transferable to the real thing. Turns out, they aren’t, but we still had a blast!
I am now down in the Barrie area near Hardwood Ski and Bike, where my team and I are doing our next training camp. We’ll spend the next few days training in the Barrie area as a team, then on Saturday we’ll join up with the over 120 athletes from throughout Ontario who are taking part in the Southern Ontario District training camp at Hardwood. That camp will run until next Wednesday, Aug. 31st, at which time I’ll be back on a plane and heading home to Thunder Bay. It sounds like this should be another great camp, and with the first intensity session only an hour away, I can’t wait to get it started!
Until next time,
Jordan Cascagnette, Student-Athlete, Ski Coach