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Here We Go!

Driving Home from the cottage August 2013 Driving Home from the cottage August 2013

It’s been a while but it’s been a blast! Although my schedule over the past 10 or 12 months hasn’t been traditionally busy in the way that it has in the past (with a long list of assorted activities), I’ve been occupied by easing up on the quantity of things to do and focusing on the quality. If you follow my blog you know that a precedent update indicated that I was injured and confused. I apologize for not updating earlier, but I am happy to say that this is no longer the case! I have recently returned to my Toronto home after a successful ski camp on the south island of New Zealand, and am looking forward to the road ahead of me. Destination Sochi, Russia 2014!


I recognize the climb ahead of me to qualify for the Winter Olympics, but as Santiago from The Alchemist (by Paulo Coehlo) says, “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” My process this season will be unique; my approach to training and racing have been modified in response to the things that I’ve learned in the recent past regarding my mind and body. I’ve been ski racing since I was 10 years old, but this season already is starting to feel like a whole new experience. My imagination is full of possibilities and I’m getting pretty excited!


It is inevitable. At some point in their competitive careers athletes will have to face an obstacle or two that, for whatever reason, is in their way and has the potential to hinder if not cease their progression. There are moments where the reality supports throwing in the towel and calling it quits; all signs suggest the improbability of being able to reach your goals. In these moments, it is nearly impossible to predict a different outcome. Cleaning up a suffocating situation like that requires a little bit of creativity. Like one of those optical illusions, it takes a keen eye to see the picture in a cluster of confusion. Not everybody can. Accomplished athletes are genuinely creative people. They have the imaginations capable of perceiving and believing in diverse possibilities. Anybody can fall down 7 times and get up 8, because they’ve tumbled so many times that there is no longer any fear of the monotonous plunge. However, successful people are persistent enough to not only get up and dust themselves off, but to reassess and adjust, then attack the task again with the EXPECTATION OF SUCCESS. I have gotten up and brushed off the debris. I have reassessed and adjusted my approach. I am an active part of the process… Destination Sochi, Russia 2014!


Here’s to the start of something new, to fueling ingenuity and sparking creativity. To those who have supported me unconditionally, my families (not only blood related) and friends, a HUGE thanks! A little shout out to my crazy Calgary roommates who have made this whole transition from rehab to race-ready a wild ride! “I’m interested in only the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man… Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living right now. (The Alchemist, Paulo Coehlo)” So let’s get this party started, right….. Meow!


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