Saturday, February 21, 2015

(Almost) back to the board

October hike in the woods
Things have been quiet on Daybreak Carve for the past few months. My off-season plans to increase speed and strength changed last May, and I spent the subsequent nine months focused on good nutrition and a healthy level of physical activity. Even though I continued exercising throughout the pregnancy, the workouts became less intense over time as my exhaustion (and belly size) increased. 

The months of preparation paid off in December when my husband and I welcomed miss Emmie to the world!

Maybe one day she'll race instead of nap on this board.

I originally planned to ride this season (so long as there weren't any complications from pregnancy and baby delivery), and even race if possible. However, after testing my body with a few low-key runs at Seven Springs, it turned out that my muscles needed some additional recovery before spending time on my board.  

My current athletic focus is on physical therapy to repair and strengthen my core and back muscles. In the meantime, I'm keeping myself connected with the snow through following USASA boardercross races in the Appalachian, Western NY, Rocky MountainAspen/Snowmass, SnowOhio, and BigMountain West series (Jb! Anike! Stephanie! Helen! Anthony! Mel! Tina! Mikaela! Sarah! Bethany! Shiloh!). The App series posted a video of the course build for this weekend's races at Massanutten Resort

Fortunately, I caught the X Games races (men, women, and adaptive; qualifiers through finals!) on while at home taking care of miss Em, and have been keeping up with Jb's blog for updates on training and racing, and racer Nick's blog for updates on the FIS races. It's great keep up with how the season is going for both amateur and pro boardercross racers, even though I'm benched.

I hope everyone is enjoying their turns even though the weather this season has been a little wild (New England has mega powder while the west coast is warm and dry...even the FIS World Cup boardercross at Squaw Valley was cancelled). If you're planning to race at USASA nationals, check in with Jb to sign up for some most excellent boardercross training. Maybe even throw a carve in there for me... 

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