Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Reflection

As I sit in bed the day before the first men's world cup slalom of the season, I can't help but remember where I came from only five months ago. Along with tomorrow being the first men's wc slalom, it is my first race back after having hip surgery in August. I've worked very hard these past months trying to get myself back into the shape that I wanted to be for racing while getting the necessary rest to allow myself to heal. Training on snow has been coming along too. I started off free skiing, then running brush courses, then working my way into normal gates and even fore ran a few NorAms last week. Things were coming along great and I was fully confident with where I was at with my skiing.

Then yesterday I got sick and had to go to the hospital. I tell you what, hospitals suck and spending most of the night there wasn't any fun. Unfortunately, this isn't the first time I've been sick before a race. Last season I got really sick going into europa cup finals and world cup finals leaving me with zero energy which reflected in my results. Hopefully I will be able to muster up the energy for one of the highlights of my racing career, a race on home soil! Skiing is a very European dominated sport so to have the once in a lifetime chance to race a world cup in the US means I will sacrifice rest in lieu of racing tomorrow. That and I could be starting top fifteen. Fingers crossed...

For those who want to watch the race, it is available on www.sportlemon.com

Nick Fellows is an iconic announcer and everyone should here him call a race at some point. British Eurosport allows you to get that experience.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Back at it

This past week I started my epic comeback... Well maybe it's not so much epic as it isn't really a comeback in my mind, just a necessary pit stop in the course of my career. It's been 72 days since I had my labrum and gluteus medius repaired and my first day on snow couldn't have gone much better. Here is a little video I put together for the monumental occasion. Hopefully that works for you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNh2O-ePY7s&feature=youtube_gdata_player

I realize that there is still a long way for me to go but I can only grin at the thought that I have gotten over a big hurdle. Now it's time to move forward with skiing, strength building and continuing rehab. It'll also be nice to be with my fellow teammates for once, maybe...

I also was to give a shout out to a few new supporters to the team. USANA nutritional products for their recovery shakes, Nature Valley NASTAR program, Tiffany and Co (check out my twitter from that one) and Neve Designs for their awesome sweaters.

It's sill going to be awhile until I start racing but let the season begin!

See you on the slopes.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Who does rehab?

Here's a little video of some things I've been doing for rehab. I have since started to ice skate for cardio and strength building!! Enjoy.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Rehab and t-shirts

No Clickable Links In The Video :(

Go to my facebook fan page HERE and write me if you would like to purchase a t-shirt!

**There will be no shipping internationally, I will only sell in Europe in person this winter**


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Friday, August 26, 2011

The Rebound

Broken, that's how I feel right now. Spending days on the couch attached to a bunch of different things is no fun, and neither is walking on crutches.

At some point in the last 7 months I tore my hip labrum and my gluteus medius. After dealing with it throughout last season and this summer, the pain got bad enough to where I couldn't ski. So I left New Zealand for Park City to get an MRI and confirm the diagnosis. Surgery followed a week later and now the couch is my best friend.

The good news is that I shouldn't be out too long and will be back on snow in October. Hopefully these first 6 weeks will fly by and I'll be working out hard in no time.

Till then...


Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Unknown

I came home early from New Zealand to get some things checked out in hopes to be ready for my next camp in October. I'll be spending a bunch of time in Park City getting myself healthy and in the best shape possible for ski season.

I hear New Zealand is having the storm of the century. I hope all the guys are having some fun down there with the new snow.


Celebrate a life, SJN

Saturday, August 6, 2011

The Art of Waiting

So I haven't had much time on snow in New Zealand yet. Today was going to be my return but the weather had other plans. We woke up to a beautiful NZ morning hoping that we could get a solid day of training. It rained yesterday and we didn't know how the surface would be so we waited for the coaches to check the hill out before trekking up the mountain. We got the green light to get ready but less than five minutes later, the clouds blew in and we couldn't see the ski area. After another phone call to the coaches, we headed up the mountain to try and ski. The weather only got worse as we reached the hill and we ended up sitting in the lodge for a couple hours before calling it off. My return would have to wait one more day and hopefully the extra day will allow me to feel better on snow.

Until next time...

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Rolling with the punches...

Tomorrow I get to really train for the first day this camp. The first few days have been rough for me, dealing with a few things and then getting sick and taking two days off. Hopefully I can get myself back in the groove and have quality training sessions this week.

I'm going to go on an adventure with some of our girls tomorrow around Arrowtown to take some pictures that I will post afterwards.

Hope everyone had a wonderful day!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

NZed day 1

Today was my first day skiing in New Zealand this year. It felt amazing being back on snow and I am hoping that I stay in one piece while down here. It's a brisk night which means that the heavy, wet snow on the mountain should start to freeze and give us a good surface for training.

Jet lag is killing me, our next date will be much better... I promise.

Good night moon.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Summer Lovin'

Midway through summer, I am anxious to get back on snow. Still, there is much to do before we leave for New Zealand in just over 2 weeks.


This week, a lot of the guys came in for a dryland camp, testing and karting camp.

-Monday began with the strongman competition. My team was able to consistently do well and take the ski team's strongman title.
-Tuesday we had a killer core session followed by a volleyball tournament and some rugby in the afternoon.
-Our karting camp is on Wednesday and will consist of 4 hours of instruction followed by a 1 hour long "Grand Prix" race. Believe it or not, there are many connections between driving kart/cars and ski racing. The tactics, technique and focus aren't perfectly complimentary but there are some serious overlaps.
-Thursday and Friday are set up as our testing period and we will have meetings with various people throughout the week.

I will try and get some video up of the strongman competition in the next few days but in the meantime, check out this video I made from a little session on the Jordanelle. Some insight to our life outside of the gym featuring Andy Philips, Ace Tarberry, Colby Granstrom and Nolan Kasper (sorry for the third person speech there).

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sunday, January 30, 2011

The past few weeks...

have been pretty crazy. I have done 9 races since January 16th and have been able to put down solid, fast runs in the process. I'm really excited with how things are working out right now and hope to continue moving forward with everything these next couple months.

I feel at home when I am not even close to home. Not even with the same group of people for extended periods of time. I feel at home when I have my own plan and I am following it, regardless of what anyone thinks. These past couple weeks, I traveled with guys on the development team, europa cup team, world cup team and on my own. I even spent a little time with the Canadian tech team. It felt good and for me, it was the right choice. It's pretty funny reading that the team decided that I should race a bunch of European Cups instead of going to Wengen for the World Cup slalom because I was sucking. Sweet people, thanks. First of all, it was my idea. Second of all, I'm going to do what I feel I need to do to get on track and start skiing well. If that means skipping a World Cup and hammering races out on the EC tour and in some FIS races, then so be it. I love skiing and I love racing, that's all there is to it. Somewhere along the way, I figured out a way to get a solid run in starting back in the World Cups and have the chance for a big second run.

Hinterreit now for some training, Hinterstoder on the weekend, Mt Pora next week and World Champs mid month.

Monday, January 24, 2011

FAIL

Sorry about my failure to update this thing. I have had a lack of internet and time the past few weeks. I'll sum everything up next week when I have time off. Schladming night slalom tomorrow night. It is one sweet race.

Hope all is well.