Training to Nationals

It has been a while since my last update, however, you have not missed that much racing, mostly just training and recovering (more or less what I do most of the time). After getting back from a week long training camp in Germany I was at home for a short time, less than a week, and then I kept going west to Victoria, BC. Haley and I planned a short training camp with our coach and it was an opportunity for me to ride on some new trails and reignite my training. From Germany to Victoria is 8000 km, so about a quarter of the distance around the world at the equator, just so you know, in case you didn’t.

 

A quick stop on the way to ride Maple Mountain on Vancouver Island

A quick stop on the way to ride Maple Mountain on Vancouver Island

 

Victoria was a really nice place, it reminded me of Halifax and Santa Cruz with its own style mixed in. The small plane ride was pretty rad from Vancouver to Victoria, flying amongst islands my face was glued to the window the whole time. I found the people in Victoria very kind; the bus driver into town was a bro’ and a woman on the bus was the sweetest lady ever. The riding on the island was really good, we rode at Maple Mountain and Hartland dump. I picked up a few KOM’s to, hopefully they will stick until I get back there.

I got back from Victoria and recharged on the east coast (best coast) for a few days before heading to Ontario for the next block of racing. I went up early to spend time in Uxbridge, apparently it is, “just the best in summer.” I spent a day of training on the National Championships course at Hardwood. It was really good to see the course and dial in all of the features and hit the course at race speed.

Watson and I working together at National Championships

Watson and I working together at National Championships

With this block of training finished it was back to racing at the Sudbury Canada Cup and then National Championships. For me, Sudbury was a hard race. The rough course took its toll on my body and it took everything I had to finish. I quickly refocused, let my body recovery and I was back in action for Nationals. The main event was on Saturday, the cross country race, and I was excited to line up for my first (of many I hope) Elite Nationals. The race went very well for me and I was happy with my 11th place finish. The course was a pleasure to race, and it was worthy of deciding the best in the country. My teammates all had some amazing races, Haley 2nd in U23 Women, Disera 3rd in U23 Men and Guthrie riding like an animal rolling across the like in 5th. The weekend was finished off with a team mini put in the rain and Havi took top prize of course.

Hanging on!

Hanging on!

After these two races it was time for a short break at home and then the final racing block of the season with World Cups and a couple races in Whistler.

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