|Gord's Ski Newsletter, Vol.5,No.2: The Glacier|
By: Gord Jewett
Itís hard to believe that it is already July and we have started our glacier training camp that seemed so far away at the beginning of the season. We are in the middle of one of our largest training blocks of the year, and my body has finally adapted to the rigors of summer training. The first month of training is always tough, as I try to get back into the swing of training large hours and adapt to different training methods. After a long season of skiing every day, it is unbelievable how stiff I get after the first few days in the weight room, or the first long run of the year. Now that those little aches are behind me, I can focus more on the big aches and fatigue that will come with our second hard training camp of the year.
Spring was very late in coming in the mountains, and there is still a lot of snow up high, particularly on north facing slopes and in shaded areas. The run into the glacier on Thursday was made more interesting by almost a meter of snow in places. Fortunately, we made it without incident and now we can enjoy incredible skiing due to the snow levels. Usually by the end of the summer season we are almost skiing on ice at the glacier, but that will not be a concern this year unless the earth unexpectedly moves a few thousand miles closer to the sun!
My back troubles that flared up at the beginning of the year are still bothering me but have settled down considerably and I am working hard to get everything under control. I started working with a physiotherapist in Vancouver two weeks ago named Rick Celebrini, and that has proved to be a major step forward. I found out about Rick from a member of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team, and his advanced rehabilitation methods have me getting stronger and better prepared for training every day. Rather than spending just 15 minutes with Rick, as is the case with many other physiotherapists, I was able to spend several hours working one-on-one with him. This makes a huge difference in his ability to understand my problems and effectively design a rehabilitation program. While Iím up here at the glacier, I will continue to work on my back exercises, since stopping for even a few days might result in some loss of progress.
The past week of my life has also been marked by a change in my leisure activity. The Tour de France makes July one of my favorite months of the year, and I spent about two hours every morning last week glued to the coverage on the Outdoor Life Network. You might think I would be devastated to be stuck up here at the glacier, deprived of my Tour coverage, but a little ingenuity from our coach has overcome that hurdle! We have Dave Woodís mini satellite dish up here, and the direction of reception happens to point perfectly down the valley from our camp. We may be isolated up here, but we are not going without the only comfort of home that truly concerns me in July! Since the live Tour coverage in the morning usually interferes with training time, I will tape the coverage every day to watch in the evening.
We are up here with the Canmore Training Centre athletes now, but they will be leaving on Sunday and the member of the BC Provincial team will join us for the final week of the camp. I hope they like to watch bike racing! By the end of next week, I will be completely drained and ready for a break and some Tour watching at home.
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