Tuesday, November 11, 2003 - Perspective
Haywood National Team Report: SNOW!

- By: Tara Whitten

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The past few days here in Canmore have reminded me of how much I love skiing, and of how amazing it is to be able to do what I love! Running can be fun, roller skiing can be exciting, hiking can award us with gorgeous views, but for me nothing compares to strapping on the boards and gliding through forests of snow-covered trees with spectacular mountains in the background. Can this winter wonderland be possible? In October?? In Canmore??? Believe it – we have been blessed with the white stuff, and there’s nothing man-made about it!

OK, I’ll stop gloating. It’s just that the recent weather has left me with a permanent smile on my face. The snow couldn’t have come at a better time for us – we are currently in the middle of two high volume weeks. After that we will get a short rest before we head to Silver Star to begin the racing season. It is amazing how the summer has flown by! In 3 weeks we will be donning our race bibs and standing on the start line to hear the familiar ‘beep-beep-beep-BEEEP!’ I can’t wait!!

In preparation for the racing season, Sean, Chandra and I have been doing some intensity sessions that simulate sprint racing. For example, last weekend we had a sprint relay on roller skis on a course at the Bow Valley Campground. With lunch on the line, Coach Mike and I raced against Chandra and Sean. Unfortunately we came up short even with Mike’s faster wheels. Chandra and I had a great opportunity to practice some tactics though, and it was one of our most fun zone 4 workouts of the year!

Aside from training, we have been entertaining ourselves over the last couple of days with the Banff Film Festival. Yesterday we saw a hilarious film by Chandra’s dad called Sister Extreme, and next weekend there is a movie about Stefania Belmondo!

So that’s what we’ve been up to over the past couple of weeks. I am incredibly happy to have been able to put away my roller skis for the year and take out my skis. Here’s hoping for a great winter ahead of us!

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Source: Cross Country Canada


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