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Summer Is On It’s Way!

25 Apr

Summer is almost here in the Rockies, although I have already spent two and a half weeks in summer. The Crazy Canuck and I went to Maui to rest up after a long winter. This season was interesting, for both of us. You can read about his on his blog: www.dustincook.ca .

My season, was very difficult, mentally and physically. After dislocating my elbow at the end of October, I missed my opportunity to start the World Cup circuit. I never another opportunity and without any World Cup starts, I had no chance to qualify for the Olympics, which was a long-shot no matter what, but disappointing nonetheless.

The hardest challenge I faced this year was getting my head back into actually racing. I thought I was racing right when I went out of the gate the first time this season, but what I didn’t realize was that I was mostly going to the motions of racing instead of trying to win. It was hard to realize that, but once I did, I knew that my injury threw off my game a lot more than I anticipated and I had to approach things differently. I trained a lot more than seasons previous, but not quite enough for my race mode to be automatic.

Eventually, I had two good races and won the NorAm Overall in Super-G, which was unexpected! This title allows me World Cup spots in Super-G for next season, which is a huge relief! The US Ski Team is pending announcement. Cross your fingers for me, as I await their decision.

Dustin and me with our trophies and hats.

Dustin and me with our trophies and hats.

On the podium!

On the podium!

Now that I’ve told you, roughly, about my season, I can tell you about MAUI!! Crazy Canuck started planning our vacation some time in January. Because of our crazy schedules, we basically had to pick a date and hope that our coaches wouldn’t schedule any camps during that time. It ended up working (surprisingly) and we spent two and a half weeks in paradise. Randomly, we were there at the exact time that seven of our friends were there, staying in the same town! What are the chances!

The first few days of the trip, Crazy and I did the touristy thing, rented a Jeep and drove the Hana Highway. It rained most of our drive which made for some spectacular waterfalls, and some slippery hikes. We bought the world’s best banana bread (which was so delicious) and walked through a bamboo forest. The next week and a half was filled with fun group activities; a lot of surfing, barbecuing, sun bathing, hiking, and for the ladies, some bathing suit fittings. Yes I said fittings. Resi Stiegler has a friend that makes bathing suits, and we got some Maui appropriate bathing suits. We pretty much looked like locals by the end.

Maui local?

Maui local?

Looking through the tops of the bamboo. So much bamboo!

Looking through the tops of the bamboo. So much bamboo!

Heavy flowing waterfall.

Heavy flowing waterfall.

 

A beautiful Maui sunset.

A beautiful Maui sunset.

 

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