Hey all - here is what has happened with me over the spring. Enjoy!
Vernon Alberta Ski Team Camp:
In early May, I attended the Vernon camp with the Alberta Ski Team. Our focus for this camp was mostly just getting back on skis, getting some mileage, and working on technique and strength. i had a good time with everyone on the ski team, and would like to thank Mike Viera and Stephan Kuhn for being awesome coaches at the camp.
May 25th: Calgary City Championships - Track and Field
On May 25th, I had the opportunity to race at the 2013 Calgary Track and Field City Championships. I raced in the Intermediate age group in the 3000m, 1500m, and 4x400m events. I placed pretty well in both of my individual events. I finished 4th in the 3000m out of about 13 of the fastest grade 11 guys in Calgary, and placed 9th in the 1500m, a shorter, faster, and in some ways more demanding event. In the team relay, we had a great team of 4 guys who I got to race with. During my leg of the race, I had a good pace, and ran a faster 400m than I thought I could. I was happy to represent my school's new track and field team, the National Sport School Polar Bears!
June 2nd: Camp Chief Hector YMCA Family Fun Run - 10Km
On the first sunday in June, I did a 10Km Fun Run at the Camp Chief Hector YMCA. It was supposed to be an easy training day for me, and I had done a 2 hour run the day before, so I decided to take it relatively easy. Easy meaning a pace that I could finish the race in around 45 minutes. I didn't want to push myself that hard, but the course was pretty flat and rather easy to run on, so I went for it on the last kilometer or so. At the finish, many people were in awe of me, so judging by their reactions, I think I did pretty good. My final time was 42 minutes and 14 seconds, which I personally would find pretty slow. But, I am proud and happy for myself for accomplishing this great feat.
June 8th: Iron Maiden Cross Country Mountain Bike Race - Canmore AB
Just last weekend, in fact, I raced in the Iron Maiden, a Cross Country Mountain Bike Race at the Canmore Nordic Center. I have been training and practicing my mountain biking a lot this spring with Matt Hadley, coach of the RMCC Rampage program, and this race proves how much I have improved. I stayed with the lead pack for a majority of the race, even though it got spread out a bit. I was actually having an amazing race until I got a pinch flat on the first half of my last lap. I ran down to the 'Pit Stop' area and fixed my tire. It kinda sucked, but I got some good race experience from it. After fixing my tire, I continued and finished the race in last place. Oh well, it happens. I am pretty new to mountain bike racing, so for my second race this year, I was doing pretty good up until my flat.