New Zealand

This is my first blog of my 2013 2014 season. I am pretty darn excited about this up coming year, I have to say, because it’s the year of the snake, obviously! Ok ok, I’m kidding. I’m sure that Chinese calendar talk is exciting for new parents like both of my big brothers, but I’m really excited for the OLYMPICS!

My team is on the south island of New Zealand right now. This is our first big training block, in preparation for our Olympic season.

We spent the first week in Lake Tekapo, training at the local mountain, Round Hill. Go figure, the mountain looks just like the name describes. Most of the team hadn’t skied full on since April, so our first few days were spent putting in the mileage, doing lots of free ski runs, drills, and getting our “ski legs” back under us. By the end of the 6 days on snow we were all ripping turns in (an almost full length) GS course. I think I even heard one of our coaches, Willy, mention on the radio that he was going to get some of us to try out for the Canadian Alpine Team. He was just making a joke, but in all seriousness, we were skiing well. On our first few days of training at Round Hill, the Alpine Ladies Tech Team was there as well finishing their camp. It was so great seeing my old teammates shred some slalom and chat with each of them on the 4 minute t bar ride we’d have together.

Our afternoons were outside filled with running along the beautiful lake, hiking, playing tennis, and doing TRX workouts in the park. We’ve all got a little competitive with our tennis games, the chirping on the court is endless. What can I say? Boys will be boys.

After training we packed up, ate some food and hit the road for our next block of our camp. We’re staying in the town named Wanaka and training at Cadrona. We’ll be doing the real deal (Ski Cross!) with a few other national ski and snowboard cross teams. My close friends on the Australian SX were at Roundhill and are at Cadrona as well. It’s always fun seeing friends that we spend the whole winter together on the tour after being apart in our home counties for most of our summers and falls. I will say Anton Grimus needs to work on his tennis game next summer if he doesn’t want to loose to me again. He has 2 weeks to ask for a rematch though.

 

After skipping a day in time, leaving Vancouver and landing in Aukland, we were almost there, en route to Queenstown

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The view landing in to Queenstown

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I went for a run a long Lake Tekapo, couldn’t help myself stopping to snap this

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At the top of our hike

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An early morning drive up to the hill produces beautiful sun rises

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4 minutes to the top of the hill

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Gates time!

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So typical. So New Zealand. Leaving the lake, heading for Wanaka

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