Sunday, August 26, 2001 - Perspective
NSDT Update: Welcome to Senior

- By: Drew Goldsack

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Well, it's official, I have finally joined everyone else on the team as a full blown senior. This week (on August 23) I turned twenty and with that I left any lingering piece of junior status that I had behind. A word of advice to all the junior skiers out there - enjoy it! Not that you shouldn't look forward to becoming a senior, there are lots of great things that come with senior status, it's just that life gets a little tougher once you are a senior. Instead of leading the way as is so often the case when you are a junior, for a first year senior it is more a game of keeping up to the others. This year I hope to establish myself as a competitive senior skier. I am excited about the approaching race season and I think that I am ready to make that jump to the senior category. A major factor in preparing for this year was during last season, thinking of myself not as a last year junior, but as a developing senior. I believe this is the approach that all last year juniors should take if they want to be competitive with the seniors.

After much anticipation our post Rossland camp blood test results have finally arrived. You know that we are serious athletes and that we are training hard when blood tests are a major highlight of the week! We have the tests done at the University of Calgary, and if you ask any of the team members they will tell you how much FUN it is to get up at 6:30am, not be allowed to have breakfast, drive into Calgary from Canmore, spend twenty minutes at U of C then turn around and head right back to Canmore so we can train twice that day. They test for a wide variety of things such as red blood cell count, white blood cell count, hemoglobin levels, testosterone levels, Iron levels and ratios that indicate if we are overtrained. These tests help provide crucial information about how our bodies are adapting to training and how fatigued our bodies are. Certain ratios are the major indicators of fatigue and are watched very closely by Dr. Steve Norris. According to coach Mike Cavaliere "Things look pretty good across the board." and all we are waiting for now is Dr. Norris' final assessment.

I think that my legs and feet have finally recovered from the Five Peaks race the training center did last Saturday. That was one of the toughest running races I have ever done. We climbed up the fire road at Nakiska to the top of the Silver Chair and then ran straight down the ski runs through knee high grass traversing only a couple of times on the way to the finish. The training center once again showed it's dominance over the 'real runners' by taking the top three positions overall. The race took its toll though, with everyone's legs extremely fatigued and some of us with blisters the size of toonies on the bottom of our heels. It was fun though, no doubt about it, and I look forward to showing our superior fitness level once again at the Ekiden Relay in October.

Drew Goldsack

(Drew Goldsack is a rookie on the National Senior Development Team in Canmore. He comes to the senior ranks after a very successful junior career with the National Junior Ski Team, posting some of the best Canadian world junior results in the past decade.)

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