“What’s shakin’ Basil?”
“A lot’s shaking Austin”
Austin Powers – Gold Member shout out for you.
! For real? A lot’s shaking indeed. Or been shook I should say. I
have been busy since my last update, but will try to keep it brief and let the
photos do the talking. After Nationals in Whistler, I stayed in the area to
tour in the beautiful backcountry of the Duffy Lake and Callaghan Valley areas.
Putting Mt. Cayoosh (1 275m) in the bag was definitely the highlight!
Afterwards I headed to the Selkirk mountains to be treated to the hospitality
of Selkirk Mountain Experience
and the Beglinger family. They never cease to
provide the best food and best turns you could ask for. I really squeezed all
the possible juice from my month off of training in April as I was only in Canmore
for a brief couple of days (managed to bag Mt. James Walker, 3 035m, in the
Kananaskis area) before heading off to surf in El Salvador and music fest it up
in New Orleans. Needless to say, I had a mental break and half and was fully
charged and rested to come back to training in May! There’s nothing that snow,
sun, surf, music, good food and dancing can’t heal. And all of them combined?
Well, that just makes for one happy and recharged Heidi.
|Touring up to Mt. Cayoosh with Anniversary Glacier in the background. |
|Some delicious cheese fondue paired with solid sun burns at The Durrand Glacier Chalet. My dad made this trip possible and Ruedi guided us to some of Canada's best kept powder! ||Erwin, Heidi, Phil, Brent, Brent, Devon and Ruedi|
|Yep - the Kananaskis back country is dang nice. |
|Snow to surf! We're about to feast on the most freshest ever mussels (only 30mins since they were in the ocean). Not the best English, but they were that good. K61, El Salvador|
|Fish market in La Libertad, El Salvador|
|Surf, surf and more surf|
|Sunset surf sesh in El Tunco, El Salvador|
|Stretching with a view of the ocean! |
|The last surf sesh in El Salvador ... 'till next time!|
|And then I went to New Orleans... this is just your everyday street scene. This city blew my mind like no other. I loved the energy and passion the people had for their music and food! It shows!|
|Sax player gettin' after it in a club in NO.|
|My bro Matti and I at the Willie Nelson show - He's 80 and still got it! Not my bro.. Willie Nelson. |
|Thumbs up for Fleetwood Mac!|
|NoLa crew - I will be back! Such an awesome Jazz Festival and great scene. |
|Just your average crowd at the music fest|
Ok - Time to get real!
|Classic Z3 intensity with Mike Viera at Sovereign Lake|
The training season kicked off with the Alberta World Cup Academy
heading to Silver Star, BC for a training camp on snow. This year we stayed in
Vernon on Lake Okanagon so we were treated to the lake and all the activities
that come with it in the afternoon. Training consisted of mainly volume hours
on snow, but adding in a little bit of intensity just so we are reminded what
this is all about! Afternoons were spent either running in Ellison park, in the
gym for strength or hanging out at ‘The Outback’.
When I was in Liberec for U23 Championships last season, I mentioned
coming to Switzerland as a dream of mine with one of the Swiss coaches,
Christian Flury. He was super Swiss about it, not in an 'only if you're on time' kind of
way, but in an ‘we’re open to anything and come train with us’ kind of way.
After some planning with my coaches at home and having their support for the
trip, it was only a matter of a couple emails back and forth and booking a
flight! I was amazed at the generosity and support not only on the Swiss end of
this idea but of the support I received in Canada as well. I must take an important moment to give a huge thanks to Buff Canada for helping make this trip a reality! I wanted to train in
Davos, Switzerland not only for the fantastic new training opportunities but to
experience the culture, language and differing approaches to ski racing. I
believe that there are many ways to the top, and no exact recipe on how to do
it. Training in Switzerland will allow me to meet and train with other women
working towards the same goals and learn from their approach to skiing.
I’m currently in Magglingen, Switzerland, which is a
National Sport centre for all the sport federations in Switzerland. The Swiss
Ski Team is doing treadmill and baseline testing here, but I will use this week
as an adjustment to the time change before we head up to 2 700m to ski on the
Stelvio Pass. I will spend the rest of June in Davos to train roller skiing, cycling,
strength and running with the team there and hopefully pick up some
Swiss-German along the way!
|The view of Biel/Bienne from Magglingen. Gorgeous views and great training here. We will head to ski on the glacier at Stelvio next week and then I will spend the rest of June in Davos. |