No sooner had I landed back in Alaska than it seems I’m boarding a plane and back on the road again. It will be for a long time too, I don’t even have a return ticked booked yet but it’ll be in early April. My time in Anchorage was well spent, training and organising my trip south, spending some time with Lauren. We have both been on the road so much that we haven’t crossed paths all that often this winter. For that matter our whole household seems to be constantly on the move going off to races for weeks on end. Living with us is another Aussie, Casey Wright who skis for the University of Alaska and one of her teammates, a German named Luca Winkler.
So in Alaska we still haven’t got much snow, they managed to add another 500m of trail to our man-made loops but basically it’s still just doing tiny loop after loop. While I was home I jumped into a few little fun races, which was great. Lauren and I teamed up to do a mixed sprint relay, which was a lot of fun and also happened to be on valentines days. We won which was sweet and it was just a great work out, racing a lot of the local APU boys.
Then a few days ago I jumped on a plane and flew in a big fishhook down to America and then back up into Canada to Ottawa. I was greeted by pouring rain and flash flooding. It was crazy. They have quite a decent amount of snow here but it’s blocking all the drains so then when it suddenly is pouring rain it just floods the streets. Luckily Callum Watson picked me up and we headed home. What should of just been just a 30-40 minute drive turned into a 3 hour epic because we got nicely lost. It was just so hard trying to navigate in the rain with no maps or GPS to direct us but we eventually got into our accommodation. We are staying with a great local Canadian family. They have very graciously let us stay until we move into FIS accommodation tomorrow.
Phil Bellingham was meant to get in with Callum but he was just hammered by some of that classic east coast weather and had to spend a few days in New York and then Philadelphia. He arrived that night at 2:30am.
So with the boys back together we have just been training and getting as prepared as possible for the up coming races. Training on some local trails until the FIS course is built. Our first race is a city sprint in a park in the middle of the downtown Ottawa, which should be a lot of fun. The sprint kicks off the tour, which are 8 races in 12 days. It’s going to be really exciting, fun and brutal but I can’t wait!
Train hard, rest easy, live for the moment.