With only two weeks to go before the end of my summer training in Park City I am flying into the home stretch. Careful planning from my coach (OWI Aerial Skiing Head Coach Cord Spero) has put us exactly where we need to be going into the winter season with time to spare.
I've spent the last month learning new skills, and can now boast three different 'quadruple twisting triple flips' under my belt. It is not my plan to have to compete some of the skills I can now do, but if the opportunity arises where I could podium at a major event then I will bring out the bag of tricks.
I am extremely happy with where I am at the moment in my training and although it has been a long summer, it has proven highly productive.
Many athletes are taking a year off and toning down the training following the Olympics, and I plan to take advantage of that this year. I plan to come out fighting hard and show the World Cup circuit that I deserved to make the finals at the Olympics and that it wasn't at all just luck that I was there.
I predict that I will be turning a few heads this year as all of the basic skill work has dramatically improved my jumping to the point where people will have to perform very well to beat me.
Thanks to great fitness and strength training (under the guidance of the VIS), as well as frequent physiotherapy provided for me I have managed to stay uninjured throughout the summer and as a result have been able to keep the intensity up right until the end. This includes around 2,395 flips so far, and 127,745 stairs that I've walked up to do my jumps.
Unfortunately I won't get much time at home because we are attending a fitness camp a week after coming back to Australia and soon after heading to Finland to begin winter training for what I can only imagine to be an exciting World Cup season.