One Athlete's Mind
In an attempt to give some life back to this website of mine, I thought I'd give it a new look... I know I've tried this before, but this time it's going to work!
So my last blog post seems to be from last December... yikes. Before I get into my usual ramblings of what I've been up to, I just want to say that I really appreciate the support from everyone that has been reading my blog and following along in my exploits over the years. Knowing that people are reading and have a real interest in what I am trying to achieve has been a huge motivator for me ever since I started this blog 5 years ago. So while I can't guarantee that I'll have weekly blog posts like I used to (yes, there was a time when I was that on the ball!), I am going to insure that this website stays up to date on what's going on!
So, seven months is a long time to recap, so long story short, I had an amazing first year of University! I couldn't have hoped for a smoother transition from the training centre life to full time studies. My grades were right around what I hoped for, my results at Nationals made up for my disappointing performance at OUA's, and the Nipissing Male Athlete of the Year Award just topped off a great first year!
Since the end of school in April I've been keeping busy with my training, battled some nasty allergies for a few weeks, but most notably I've been learning about a whole new world of horses and barrel racing with my girlfriend Stephanie. It's been a really fun and interesting few months seeing an equivalent perspective on the world of race horses as my own level of involvement in skiing (if that made any sense..). And while horses may have always scared me a bit, I'm proud to say I think I'm finally over that fear haha.
Over the years I've been told I have to be a little crazy to do what I do, and lucky for me, Steph tends to share that trait :p. For the first time since the beginning on my April dip tradition 5 or 6 years ago, I finally had someone keep me company this year! This is Penetang Bay back in April, and yes, that is ice in the background.
On the training front, I am super excited about the newest addition to the coaching staff here at Nipissing. Ex-National team skier Dave Nighbor has joined us as Nipissing's Assistant Coach, and having already accomplished in his life what I hope to one day achieve, I am incredibly excited to be working with Dave this year! I also was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to attend a dryland camp down at Highlands Nordic last weekend in a coaching role alongside some great coaches from down south. It was great to see such an energetic and excited group of young athletes, and I was shocked by the level of talent and focus in such young athletes. Despite the heat we still managed to get some great training in, so big thanks to Rick Dickey and Ron Howden for inviting me down to be a part of it!
I'm now back in North Bay, getting into some bigger training hours and starting some part time work, so things are starting to get a little busier up here these days.
Thanks for reading everyone! Happy summer!
Jordan Cascagnette, Student-Athlete, Ski Coach