After 6 weeks of living and training in Sydney, I am now back on home turf, Melbourne. At the end of April, after being home from the northern winter season for less than a month, my coaches told me to pack up my stuff and head to Sydney for an intense 6-week block of training. At first I was hesitant, after hardly having unpacked from the previous trip. However once I arrived and adapted to the northern beaches lifestyle (surfboard in the boot and bike on the roof), I soon learnt that Sydney is a pretty great place for training.
|Cliffs at Palm Beach|
I moved in to an apartment on the beach with Snowsports teammate Chumpy (Alex Pullin, World Champion BX racer) and got straight into it. Up at 5:30am, three training sessions per day, plus a surf if I could fit it in.
|Mona Vale Beach|
For the 6 weeks I was training one-on-one with OWI strength and conditioning coach John Marsden. The goal was to increase my strength and power with a very specific weights program and diet. After the first week (12 sessions in the gym, 2 on the bike and one crossfit), I was definitely feeling it in my legs, core, back and arms.
|West Head Ride|
|Sunset at Northern Beaches|
I trained mostly out of NSWIS at Sydney Olympic Park, a new facility built for the 2000 Olympics. I also did sessions at Sport and Rec in Narrabeen. It was great to train with a bunch of the wintersports athletes all in prep for Sochi 2014. It’s hard to believe that it’s less than 18 months away. The Vancouver Olympics felt like yesterday!
|NSWIS photo shoot|
In two weeks the National Ski Cross team will be heading to New Zealand for a two-week technical training block at Mt Hutt. We then return to Perisher, NSW for the majority of the season, and then back to NZ for 3 weeks in September. I’m super excited for the season to come, especially the Chicks with Stix sessions I will be attending at Buller and Thredbo during the season. Now fingers crossed the snow gods are generous and deliver a fantastic season!