I left the US Open at Stratton
last week with a feeling of needing more. It was a strange contest in the sense that they ran close to a thousand runs in the pipe the day of my qualifying. For the first time they ran both men’s pre-qualifiers and qualifiers in the same day, including women’s qualifiers, heat of 70 men and ladies for two runs. Strange. This translated to the women’s second run as a write off, with some of the women even choosing not to take a run because of the condition of the course. The organizers then decided not to let the men ride their second run that late afternoon because of the dangerous condition of the pipe and let them ride the next morning…I just wish we had the same luxury. Vermont
So, I had to finish my contest there with an unsatisfactory finish and turn to just having fun with my family instead. I was ok with it because I had a great time, renting skis and skiing with my Mom and Dad. My latest video blog is about this, check it out here. It was a lot of fun to make.
Now it was time for me to focus on the new task at hand. Canadian Nationals, also known as the Snow Crown event. I made some appointments in
to see my witch doctor and to get into Iyashi, my two favourite places to get fixed and unwind. Toronto
My witch doctor I can’t give details on her identity, but I will say she is the best and has worked with many famous Canadian athletes. I always feel like a can of worms going to see her since there’s always something wrong with almost every sector of my body. Still, it’s great to keep things in check and get my hips and spine realigned, my ankle scaring broken down, etc, etc. She’s not really a witch, but I call her that because I instantly feel changes after seeing her and that is hard to accomplish with normal physios.
I was sure to get into Iyashi for a relaxing, almost meditative time. Not only was the heat good on that cold rainy day, but so was getting things in order in my mind. I was happy to hear just how much rock bathing was catching on in
; I think people would like it if they tried it, it’s a great way to quiet down in the hustle of a city. Toronto
I flew to
Toronto to the next day and was greeted with bizarre weather. In one day it hailed, was sunny and warm, then very windy, and finally snow finished it off. Typical Calgary weather in the spring! I met up with friends and made plans to go see John Carter at the Imax. It was the best movie I have seen in a long time; very inspiring for the next day of training. Calgary
That day was today. I had a decent day of pipe riding. Some real pipe legends have come out for this event, including Olympian Crispin Lipscomb. It was really fun to get back in the pipe with my old friend. Brad Martin and Bahamian rider Kory Wright were also out boosting airs. No one got crazy, just had fun, in fact I think I did more ticks today they did. I laded my run a few times after warming up to the new pipe.
I really want to do my best in this contest. We lost a day of training; tomorrow’s training was cancelled due to warm weather coming in. I have scheduled a virtual session with Sport Excel so to me I will be riding the best private pipe. I have the need to get more out of this contest, especially after the unsatisfied feeling the US Open left in me. I am hungry for the podium and am doing my best to get myself there. Friday will be a great day, a great contest!
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