Saturday, December 31, 2011

Tree vs. Rock Skis

It's been super windy in the Bow Valley lately. Sooooo, trees are blowing down all over the Canmore Nordic Center. I came across one during a ski over Christmas, and made a little video of how I dealt with it. Be sure to watch it in 1080p glory. Wait, what glory? Ha.

Maybe I should start Vlogging???

Friday, December 30, 2011

Summer Racing Sneak Peek

I have other goals and aspirations outside of Biathlon. One of them is to be a wildly successful professional motorcycle racer. The "professional" part may be a stretch, but wildly successful is within reach.

Since my winter season has been uneventful, I've been working lots and spending little. This has given me the opportunity to pull the trigger and really commit to a motorcycle race season. And with that, I bring you my new race bike.

The New Hotness

2005 GSXR600. 
Fully race prepped and ready to pwn n00bs. I sincerely can't wait for this summer to begin.

Monday, December 26, 2011

My Season Thus Far

So far the season has been a bust. Constant hinting by the national organization at a European Tour, only to be let down. Typical. Next big goal, IBU Cup 6&7 here in Canmore.

In the mean, I busted out some good races this side of the pond. Placed 3rd overall in the first North American Cup of the year. Acceptable shooting and skiing all around.

I'm stuck at the back of this mayhem.
Then I went on a trip out west to compete in some cross-country races in Rossland, BC. Nice change of scenery, and decent results. Qualified for my first sprint heats ever, in the Senior Men's category. Got slayed in the heats, but I'm happy with my performance. The next day was a 15km Mass Start skate where I also performed well. My final placing was a little weak, as I had to start at the back of the pack. When you have 70+ people ahead of you on Rossland's tight trails, it's basically impossible to pass in the first lap. Starting at the back feels pretty good, though. You spend the entire race weaving through people. Good race strategy is fairly important - finding holes, and seizing the moment.