I haven't posted in a while because, well, I've been away from WiFi for the past few weeks! I was invited to the Project Gold Ski and Snowboard Cross development camp for juniors in Government Camp, OR for some summer training. Two weeks ago, I loaded up the car and embarked on a 4 day, 43 hour car trip to the west coast. I had a great trip and got to see some pretty amazing sights, and followed it up with an incredible camp! In addition to our hill time, we had excellent dryland training as well as extremely productive discussions to help guide all of us as mentally and physically capable athletes as well as direct us towards the best lifestyle choices that we can make as growing elite level athletes. Eric Archer, the head of Canada Ski Cross for the past nine years came back home to the United States to coach us, and over the 7 days we got on hill I grew immensely as a skier under his tutelage. Brant Crossan, a current world cup level US athlete also joined us for our camp and pushed and motivated us on and off snow, and was an excellent example to have around. As growing junior athletes, having the guidance and insight that both Archer and Crossan bring to the table off and on the snow not only makes us better athletes, but prepares us better for the real world and having to function as independent adults. Even despite my less than stellar performance by the end of the week, I was happy with how I grew fundamentally and the direction I am putting myself in by working to be the best athlete I can be. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to be surrounded by such amazing talent and intelligence in sport from my coaches as well as my fellow athletes who were all pushing themselves the entire week.
Currently, I'm in Portland, Oregon for a couple of days before I drive up to Whistler, British Columbia for two weeks of alpine training with the Whistler Mountain Ski Club. Alpine is a fundamental aspect of ski cross, so the training I'll get up at Whistler will translate directly to what I need to work on when racing ski cross in the future. I'm really looking forward to my time up there and can't wait to see what's in store!