January 4, 2018
I hope everyone is enjoying their holidays and family time, I know the team sure is. We just finished a two-week race series at Panorama which had a very competitive field of national team, provincial team, college, and club team athletes. I’ve raced with Pano for the past three years so the hill was very familiar, but I’ve never raced that many days in row. It was a challenge, however the team pushed through and handled it well. Now we are on Christmas break doing activities like, free-skiing, skating, and sleeping in J.
For me, home is a distance away from the rest of the team in Cranbrook. It has been nice to be with my family because I am away most of the winter living in Canmore when we train and travelling when we race. I have also had the opportunity to ski at the hill I first started racing at, Kimberley. The conditions are very cold but the soft snow makes it worthwhile. A few powder runs and some mogul skiing is always a good thing. I believe free skiing is a very important for racing as it helps you develop a feel for the snow and it improves your balance on your skis. A little air time doesn’t hurt either! I’m also excited to get out into the backcountry with my Dad soon.
This week is all about recovery after a long race series. Recovery is important in our training program as it allows the body to replenish stores and repair damaged tissues. Muscles need rest to repair, rebuild and strengthen. Our next training block starts on Jan. 3rd where I look forward to improving my technical skiing and preparing for the upcoming races in January and February.
I would like to thank all the volunteers that help out at our races, the Alberta Alpine staff, Alpine Insurance, Descente, Sporting Life, Dale of Norway, Nakiska, SkiBig3, Silvertip Resort, Rocky Mountain Ski Lodge, and Western Buick GMC. I would also like to personally thank Fischer, Swix, and Uvex.
Have a Happy New Year!
– Jamie Casselman
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