Thursday, September 30, 2010

Home

I'm home from my second trip to New Zealand. Unfortuantely, it didn't go as expected because of weather and my crash from the first day. We did get a couple great days at the end of camp to end things on a better note.

I will now turn my efforts back into a dryland training block at home for the next few weeks. I also get to go to the New England Ski Ball on October 6th in Boston, Massachusetts. I'm hoping this will be fun and should be judging from the line up of athletes that will be there.

Here is a cool video I saw the other day.

Death to the tinman
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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

New Zealand Edit

Here's a little video that Tommy Ford put together from the start of this camp in New Zealand

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

New Zealand Round 2

Hello all,

So we are now skiing in New Zealand again, but this time we are a little further north at a mountain call Mt. Hutt. Yesterday was our first day skiing so we started taking it easy with a little super g free skiing and gs training. After the gs, a few of us decided to get back on super g skis and start tuck running down where we trained and pop a roller. The goal was to have fun and get as much airtime as possible. We kept pushing the speed and taking more risks. Unfortuantely, I was the one to crash on our last run of the day. Will Brandenburg, Tommy Ford and I were going rapid fire and they estimated I had been going upwards of 70 mph and flying somewhere around 240 ft. I popped on my last jump (very poor idea at that speed) and catch wind in my chest and immediately was pushed backwards. I knew I was in trouble right from the takeoff and did the standard "rolling down the windows" to see if I could get myself to a position to land without crashing. The further I went, I more I knew I couldn't get anywhere near that position. I essentially landed directly on my back with both skis ripping off. From there, my feet dug into the snow and catapulted me forwards, front flipping through the base of a gate. At some point during all this, my ski cut my leg pretty deep. I finished rag dolling down the hill dazed and without a few pieces of equipment I started with. Someone pointed out that my suit was cut and that's when I noticed I had a deep gash. I was very lucky to walk away from that crash and I will still be skiing whenever the weather permits us to. That's all for now. I'll update more as things happen down here in New Zealand.

I posted some pictures up in the Pictures section of my blog.