The racing season is a long six months. Hard on both the body and the mind. May to November, you condition yourself to be able to withstand excruciating amounts of self-inflicted pain.
There are many components of being a high performance athlete; diet and nutrition, sleep and recovery, and lots of hours training your rear end off. All of these aspects are specialized, methodically thought out, and precisely calculated to get the most out of one’s potential.
The simplest part of being an athlete at a top tier level is competition; racing is easy. Composing the magic training plan, working on technique, constantly listen to the body and responding to the stresses of training and life, that’s the challenging part.
Once December rolls around, for the most part you have written your narrative to the season. All you can do is execute to the best of your ability, lace up the kicks, and see where the story takes you.
With Nationals looming closer, my racing season is about to come to a close. I am the hardest judge of my personal performance. Yes there have been the valleys during the season, but a valley can only be followed by a peak. Those peaks have been great. I have had personal best results this winter including my first NorAm podium. This podium was a big milestone for me as a developing athlete.
In cross country skiing it is a singular effort with individual success or failure. Competing in the relay for Ontario at Canada Winter Games was one unique opportunity where you raced not for yourself, but for your teammates and province.
I love to race, I love to compete. These National Championships are being held in Thunder Bay, at Lappe Nordic. Lappe is one of the best places in Canada to race. Feels a little like coming home for me. With hard courses and all of Canada’s top skiers coming back together to compete, it is going to be and amazing week of racing.