Friday, June 22, 2012

Diving- Conquering Fears

Yesterday was our 5th diving session and we are all getting a little more comfortable. We are practicing front flips into dives, back dives, back flips, roll ins, etc. A few reporters came to our session, so here are a few pictures, videos and articles. More to come!
 Picture: The Calgary Herald

We do a little bit of dryland training beforehand, however no amount of on land training can prepare us for the feeling of diving into the water... There were a few splashes and belly flops! OW!
 Picture: The Calgary Herald

We've been diving in order to learn how to conquer our fears, and deal with stressful situations. We also learn body awareness, timing and spacial awareness. It also keep us excited and fresh for dryland. Sometimes the days are hard and long, however when these new activities are added into our schedule it keeps us smiling and challenging ourselves.



Here is the article in the Calgary Herald.
http://www.calgaryherald.com/sports/Canadian+alpine+skiers+sample+variety+thrills/6822064/story.html

I will get more videos on here soon!! That's all I have for now! The tv broadcast will air on Monday.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Flooding, Cooking, Snow and FERNIE!

It has been a rainy spring and summer... Actually currently I am waiting out the rain to do my intervals for the day. 
I haven't been in school for a little bit, but I think we can make this conclusion
Too much rain = Flooding!

We've been keeping busy on these rainy days. Marcel came in to give us a healthy cooking class!

We made kale salad, potato salad, stuffed mushrooms, rice salad, kohlrabi and.... Italian chicken!!! MMMM

Finally the rain stopped... And the snow began.

Kevin and I decided to hide from the precipitation.

Behind a Jenga game!

And Watzit! ChimP  - But what could this mean?!! *Answer at the bottom*

I tried my hardest and was very careful.


But I couldn't compete with Kevin's engineering skills. TIMMBBEERRR


Sometimes we try to beat the rain. Some days we are successful, while others we are not. We were stuck in a downpour on our road ride to Lake Louise one day... I was soaked through and freezing!
But when the sun came out as soon as we reached our car, so did our friends.

And we were greeted with a beautiful view for our drive home.

Finally the sun came out and I took advantage of the warm weather to go for a run. My first day running I ended up farther along the trail than I thought I would. I tried to stay calm, however my easy breathing left me when I saw a deer leg in the middle of the path.
My next run was much more successful!


This weekend we escaped to Fernie for a couple of days. We were greeted with a warm welcome and were given amazing accommodation at the Fernie Lodging Co!

At breakfast Maddy ordered two meals. The waitress said, "Either you are an athlete, or you are amazing." I'd say a combination of both!!

I decided to hop on my mountain bike and try to conquer my fears where they all began.


And guess what... NO FALLS!!! I thought Jenny was kidding when she said we would bike up a trail called Hyper Ventilation, however it wasn't a joke. We met a biker training for a 24h race near the top, it was his second time up that day. However, I asked him, "Ya, but did you have to carry these meat sacks up the whole way (while pointing to my legs)."
 

At times the rocks were loose and I had to use a little bit of my self talk! COMMON ERIN!
(Here is a video Anna and Shona [skisistersracing.com] filmed for Fast and Female about self talk during competition featuring MP, Mitch and myself)



Kev is excited that we can FINALLY bike together (and that I didn't shed a tear). This is our "Erin made it without falling" face.


Trust me, it's taken a long time to reach those faces.

However, MP used the theory that "If you haven't fallen, you haven't gone hard enough." She fell, unfortunately on her phone :(

After an AMAZING weekend filled with great food, fun rides and awesome company, we headed back to Canmore. MP almost got run over by the biggest truck in the world!


Where did Kevin go?

Oh there you are!

Thanks to Jenny for an amazing weekend and helping conquer fears!! Now let's do a little sunshine dance so that summer can really begin!

*Answer: To make a monkey out of him*

Monday, June 11, 2012

Dryland Video!

Here is the first video blog that I will do this summer.
Episode 1- BE BETTER!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Invincible




Kevin and I have been on many adventures lately.

We hiked up Sulfur Mountain to check out the view of Banff from above.

This little guy welcomed us to the top!

We just finished up our third week of intense training and it has been an amazing, eventful 3 weeks. During the first week, Britt crashed at the velodrome... OUCHH!!! This is my nightmare!
Every time we drive back from Calgary to Canmore, it feels like we are returning home again... to the mountains.

Last weekend, Kev got his AMAZING new road bike and we decided to test it out. I can honestly say that I do not have a chance of keeping up any longer, however our ride was still incredible! After going 77km/h, we saw an elk, three mountain goats and five deer, while Castle Mountain looked down on us!



That afternoon the team came to Canmore and we celebrated my birthday with a games day!
(PS: Make note of Kevin's face in this picture)

Kevin, the slack lining ninja

Will he jump? Onto Phil? What about Morgan?

Teamwork! But what is going on in the background?

This doesn't look like a fun way to celebrate a birthday, cold tubbing on a cold day!  BBRRR

Yet again, Kevin made sure that my birthday was incredible! Even though I felt sick and was a bit sad to be away from my family, Kevin made sure my birthday memorable once again!

Dinner was amazing!

However, most of the time I am not wearing a dress and sitting at a fancy restaurant... I think I need to invest in chain cleaner. My chain fell off and got stuck just before reaching home... Needless to say biking the rest of the way was a bit messy.

Sundays are our days to run errands and relax! We test our minds and enjoy a cup of tea.

We've been loving life, learning ways to save money and trying to avoid the changing weather!


While at home my puppy grows, but will she ever be this big?


"What I Know Now That I Wish I Knew Then"
Anna and Shona have started an amazing website, ski camp and mentor-ship for girls in skiing. It is called Ski Sisters Racing. Every week they have a new episode, by a different female athlete called What I know now that I wish I knew then. Here is the link to my episode:

http://www.skisistersracing.com/

That got me thinking of something that Madison Irwin once told me when we were younger. She told me that if you ever get nervous just remember...

Soon I will post videos from our training!! Boxing, jumping off the 10m tower at diving, hurdles, weights and much more! Stay tuned!