Blog #3 Endless Hours in the Sun

Alex and I Skiing the Main Range

Finally I have found some decent health! For the two and a bit weeks following the Hoppet I have been struggling to shrug off quite a nasty sickness, however with a bit of a break I now feel 100% and have just had probably one of the most enjoyable yet toughest endurance week of my life. Along with lots of gym and running the clear highlights were on Friday and Saturday. On Friday we (Chris Darlo, Alex Almoukov and myself) went on the most epic 6 hour spring skiing sessions I have ever experienced! Starting off early at Guthega we then crossed the Snowy River over Australia’s flimsiest bridge whose build quality was greatly enhanced by Darlo’s torurous rocking as I was crossing! We then made our way up onto the Main Range and to the base of Mt. Kosciusko. From there we did a nice long loop, down to Cootapatamba hut, then up to the top of various peaks including Townsend, Twynam, and Curuthers. To finish off, we then skied down onto Lake Albina and Blue lake, then back down to the Snowy to get home where the full effects of severe sunburn were first realised. From the incredible tanlines on my legs, 1 layer of

The Bridge

sunscreen was no match to the ridiculously powerful UV rays. This however was better than Alex’s calves which recieved zero layers – they were cooked! All in all it was worth it!

Whilst in the mood of long endurance and extended sun exposure, we decided to go for a ride to the coast and back. Our plan was to drive to bemboka and then ride the rest of the way to merimbula  and back. Another 4 hours in the sun further perfected the tanlines but I’ve got to say that it was without question one of the best rides I’ve ever had. Alex showing off his skills in front of many onlookers by hitting the deck twice in two minutes whilst struggling with his cleats definitely added to the humour of the day!
These are the days I live for!

Merimbula Ride

Blog #2 – Winter Review

AUS Championships 15km freestyle

Sorry for the briefness of this report, however since I’ve on just gotten around to getting this site up and running I will have to summarise the whole Aussie Winter to quite a large extent. As a whole I was very happy with my performance during the season. It started off quite slow with a lot of University commitments as I studied the full 4 subjects in first semester, however with all this I still managed to keep in the essential sessions and focussed on a lot of strength work and as the V02 max test showed I had held on to most of the form that I had built up over the 2009/2010 European Winter. 

The opening races of the season were a little disappointing but by the time the important Continental Cup races started in New Zealand I was feeling right on form again. In all three races in New Zealand I was the first AUS/NZ athlete with the 10km Freestyle porbably the best result with 2nd overall and 84 FIS pts. I was also very happy with the sprint race as I felt it was the best Sprint

Victorian Sprint Champs

race I had skied so far with 7th overall.

Overall I was most satisfied with the progress that I had made in my sprinting form. For the Vic Champs FIS Sprint I qualified 1st with 114 FIS pts qualifying me for World Cup sprint starts and I finished 2nd overall in the final behind Biathlete Legend Alex Almoukov. That weekend I also won my first Australian Championship race with the 15km pursuit.
The season’s highlight was unquestionably the 15km Freestyle Australian Champs event. Here I achieved my personal best FIS pts to date with 57 pts and placed 2nd Australian and 3rd overall. This was incredibly lucky as I needed to have a result under 60 pts for the Continetal Cup place in World Cups to be effective. The following weekend I finished 4th overall in the 42km Kangaroo Hoppet and with this I won my first overall AUS/NZ Continetal Cup series which will give me much needed supported for the upcoming World Cup season. I am therefore very happy with what I have achieved this season and I am incredibly excited about what results I can produce in the upcoming European Winter.