One Athlete's Mind
It's been a while since my last post, so despite it being a fairly tame last few weeks, I thought I'd do one more most before my last set of races of the year.
After returning home from the NorAm races in Orford QC I was pretty beat, which ultimately led to my developing a cold once I settled into being home. But unlike last year in February when I got sick, I was able to take that time to really let my body recover, and a few days later I was back on the trails. It's been a great couple weeks of training, feeling better every day. I had a couple race efforts just after I came back from being sick and they did NOT feel good, so I'll admit that was a little unsettling. But since then I've been able to get a bit of volume in and my last couple intensity sessions have felt much better. So with Nationals just around the corner, my fitness is definitely moving in the right direction!
I'll be leaving Thunder Bay on Wednesday of this week and flying to Mont St. Anne QC which will be hosting the Canadian National Championships this year. These Nationals should be pretty interesting for a number of reasons. Being my 7th Nationals that I've competed in, this will be my first time repeating a Nationals venue ('07 was the same place), so I'm looking forward to seeing how much of the trails I remember (I was smaller then so I'm hoping the hills won't seem so big now :)). With the timing of the races this year, Canada's World Cup team is supposed to be racing, as well as some of the top young Norwegians and a handful of French skiers too (one of which was the Silver medalist in the 2006 Olympic Sprints), so I'm really looking forward to racing some of the top international athletes as well as the usual domestic racers. And finally, being my first year as a Senior Man, I'll be doing my first 50km race!!! (for those of you back home in Penetang/Midland, that's about the distance from Penetang to Barrie). The longest race I've ever done is 30km, so I'm really looking forward to seeing how I handle an extra 20km haha.
Following Nationals I'll be back in Tbay for another 10 days or so doing some season wrap up type things, and then it'll be home to Penetang for Easter weekend and a few weeks of recovery time.
Until next time,
Happy March 12th!!
"Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts."
- Dan Gable
Jordan Cascagnette, Student-Athlete, Ski Coach