Friday, June 29, 2001 - Perspective
Phil's XC Journal #1

- By: Phil Villeneuve


Hi everyone,

This is a first for me as I'm attempting something I should have done a long time ago. I'm not a big fan of the group email thing but other than starting a personal web page I thought this concept of a journal would suit my style a little better. I wrote a few newsletters for the Canmore NTDC (National Team Development Center) team last year and had a bit too much fun doing it. I will attempt to write on a regular basis and will cover various, sometimes even bizarre subjects, but they will always remain linked, to some degree, to my experiences and thoughts as an elite cross country skier.

The purpose of this journal is to educate my audience on the lifestyle of an elite athlete. Some of you out there know what I'm talking about but others probably picture me training once a day, sitting on the couch watching TV, waiting for the snow to fall so I can start racing. Although I sometimes wish it were that easy, there is a little more to it than that. In addition, I would like you to be part of the highs and lows of my training and racing season as I travel across the continent and the world in search of success. It will also give my parents an idea on my whereabouts if I just happen to not have checked in for a monthor two.

Writing this journal is a way for me to get my thoughts out and help generate more excitement towards all levels of the sport of cross country skiing. I love skiing and I especially love racing. If I can motivate or even influence just one reader to get out there and enjoy the same feeling I get when I'm skiing on a crisp Sunday morning or even to come out and watch a sprint final under the night lights of your local club trails, then my goal will have been achieved. Ok, enough with the gushy stuff (I promise I won't let that happen again).

If you know of someone else that would like to receive future entries of my journal please let me know their email address. On the other hand, if you wish to be removed from the mailing list please reply back telling me so. Otherwise, I guess you'll be doomed to delete my email every single time I get bored and decide to ramble on about wax, and technique, and p-tex, and you get the picture I hope.

So, enough with the intro. Next week's exciting first entry will talk about all the different type of waxes you should own...I'm just kidding!

That's it for today.
Phil

Phil thanks his sponsors:
Exel
Peltonen
Sinisalo
Switching Gear Inc
Adidas

(Phil Villeneuve was a member of the Canadian National Ski Team for two years and has been a part of the training centre system in Canada since it's beginning. He now lives in Canmore where he continues to pursue his Olympic dreams.)


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