PRESEASON: THAT'S A WRAP.

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything and for that I am sorry. I have a great group of people who support and follow me who deserve to be updated along the way.

Since my last post a lot has happened. I suppose the best place to start is with the beginning of the season. They say sliding is like riding a bike. Once you’ve got it, it will come back you whenever you get back on the sled. And this fall, that statement held true. We had one week of training in Calgary before our first selection race and I felt more confident than ever on ice. I was sliding consistently and it felt great. After our 7-month hiatus, it was reassuring to know that I’m still capable of sliding.  I ended up racing that weekend and finishing third with a decently large gap from the two ahead of me. Feeling a little frustrated with the time difference, it was time to ditch Calgary and head out west to my favorite track in the world- Whistler.

We arrived in absolutely horrible conditions, which persisted for the duration of our stay. Funny enough, our only respite from the downpour was our two race days.  I love sliding in Whistler so it was a much needed confidence boost from my performance in Calgary's race. I  always feel centered, confident, fast, and secure on the track. It’s where I’ve had the most runs and it’s where I feel at home. My biggest advantage on that track is the start. It is a relatively flat ramp with an easy left-hand cut into the first corner- which is perfect for my starting style. From there, the track gets progressively faster and more difficult. As you pick up speed, your steers have to get increasingly stronger. By the time you hit the real pressure in corner 11, you’re flying down the hill at around 130-140km/hour. By the time the final two selection races rolled around, I was ready to get out of there. It had been a good camp but the double sessions and workouts in between made for long, exhausting days. Thankfully our counterparts at the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific arranged a catering service so we wouldn't have to stress about our meals. I ended up finishing just behind one of the pre-selected athletes and finished second overall in trials.

After a week of freezing cold training back in Calgary, it was time for national champs. I had a pair of rough runs and wound up in third. I was bit far back from the leaders and I wasn't all that thrilled about it. But,  it was time to refocus and move on to Latvia. In the past, that track had been a huge challenge for me. It’s a track which has quick transitions and typically has some  really hard ice. I made it up to men’s start after just one session from below. Despite the fact that I had a few crashes and hit more walls than I could count, I look back at the week and see it as a win. I was presented a challenge and ultimately overcame it. I will be returning there again in February for the big show this season, which is World Championships. My time there was tough and I know I will face similar challenges when I go back there, but I know enough to rely on my skills and have confidence in my ability as a slider. As I head into my first international training week on the World Cup circuit, I feel assured that my summer training and my effort on the ice will be enough to have my best ever season.