AST Athlete Journal: Caleb Brooks
My name is Caleb Brooks and I am returning for my second year on the Alberta Ski Team. The team has been settling into preseason in Canada. Not too long ago we arrived back from a very successful camp in Austria and Belgium, where we skied in very versatile conditions. In Austria, we had the chance to train GS with the Canadian National men’s and women’s teams. It was awesome to compare ourselves to these elite athletes. Once we arrived home there was no time wasted, we were right back on snow at Nakiska. And let me tell you the training was awesome. We were able to train in very good conditions every day. After two weeks at home, the men’s team and women’s team headed out to Pano for a week of training. Pano has been delivering the goods this week. We have been hard at work doing doubles sessions of super g and tech events every day. It has been awesome training in Pano with the other PSO teams, it is always great to collaborate with our fellow provincial teams. It seems in Pano the vibes are always high, everyone is staying super close to each other so we can see each other and do team activities. At the end of one of our training days, we went to Endeavour Fitness down in Invermere for a team workout. It was super fun to hang out with the team and get some gains at the same time. We must go to the gym during the ski season so that we can maintain our summer progress. It’s also nice being so close to home, my mom and dog were able to come and visit me for a day and watch me train, It made my week! To add to the difficulty of double sessions Peter, the men’s coach, decided to set an angled royal flush down the hay fever pitch and anyone who knows how steep hay fever is you can understand how challenging it is. When we weren’t skiing the boys were able to sneak in some Wii badminton, all the boys got into it and it was a good off-hill distraction. After the week of training in Pano, I am feeling super excited to get racing soon.
Unfortunately this year we won’t be skiing with my best friend Nathan Sylvestre. He decided to pursue coaching. He’s currently the U16 assistant coach at Sunshine coaching the next generation of skiers.
I’d also like to thank our sponsors. Without you guys none of this would be possible, you guys are awesome. So thank you to Sporting life, Karbon and GMC Dealers of Alberta.