Sharing the Journey

My bro and I - 2013
My bro and I - 1992.

 On Monday, I met with my coach for coffee and to have a final debrief on the season before we took off for our April break. Monday also marked the conclusion of the team selection meetings at the Cross Country Canada offices where decisions are made and futures shaped. I was absolutely thrilled to find out that I had been selected for the 2014 Canadian Senior Development Team! What a sigh of relief and feeling of gratification to be recognized and moving in the right direction. It has been a goal of mine since I was a Junior racer to someday make it onto the National Team. Being selected is an incredible honour and I can't wait to keep the momentum going forward.

Receiving the news that I was selected is one form of happiness. But being able to share the news? Now that has been a completely different level of elation. I had been selected and could share the news with family and close friends, but still didn't know if my brother, Phil, had been selected. I grew up chasing down his path and now that we live and train full time in Canmore together, we have shared so many experiences through the highs and lows of the sport and life. There was no doubt in my mind that he deserved to be selected, but that wasn't up to me. On Tuesday evening, my mom called me. Her voice was a mix of excitement and tension so the conversation could've gone either way. 'Honey, Phil just left a message on the phone. He was selected for the National Team!' Whooa mamajamma. This was exciting stuff. Phil's selection was much more emotional for me because I have seen first hand how determined, persistent and passionate he is and couldn't help but feel overjoyed that he was given credit for his hard work!

Growing up in the Bow Valley, I always felt very fortunate and did my best not to take it for granted. The mountains, the people, the lifestyle. It really is an amazing place to grow up. This week, however, I am only beginning to realize just how fortunate I am. Word has slowly spread around the community that Phil and I were named to the team and the reception has been so heartwarming. Being able to share my journey with others is what makes it all worth while. At the end of the day, I am nothing without the people who support me. I have neighbours, friends, co-workers, team mates, coaches, doctors, massage therapists, sponsors, competitors, teachers and family that support, challenge, encourage and inspire me to follow my passion. For this, I am truly grateful. My journey in ski racing is still in it's infancy, but I am so excited to see where it takes me. My passion for ski racing is what fuels me day to day, but the community of support behind me is what allows me to pursue it. If I am able to give even an ounce of inspiration to someone who has inspired me, then I know I am doing something right.

Thank you! From the most honest and sincere place in my heart. There is plenty more hard work yet to come and the days won't always be as sunny as this past month has seemed, but your support will see me through. I am off to El Salvador with my brothers and sister for some surf and sun but will be back training full time at the beginning of May!
Hasta luego amigos todos. 

New addition Lup and the Widmer family. Just one of my support networks. Thank you and love you so.
Check out a fun video I made over the past season!