Yes. The above title is not a typo – although for those
familiar with my travel schedule/addiction/reality these last… well… Years?
Decade? It may seem like you’ve read that incorrectly. It's been fantastic here, and since returning
from our last training camp on Maui which ended in early July I’ve been
spending most of my time in paradise and lucky enough (hey – I’m biased!) my
home – the Bow Valley.
After ten months of constant movement and having the
frightening ability to be able to describe in depth every scratch, stain and
broken clip on my duffel bag, staying put in one place for an extended period
of time has been a nice change. While I liken life on the road as comfortable
and enjoyable as what I’d imagine a grizzly bear’s contentment level after
coming across a loaded and ripe raspberry patch devoid of people and/or other
bears, I must admit it’s nice to stay in one place for more than five nights in a
row. After so much change and stress over the last months it was pretty
apparent I needed some time to stay put and (attempt) to put it bluntly, “get
my sh#% together” to quote the advice of someone. The change – as most changes
are – was a bit tough, but now going on six weeks in Canmore it’s been lovely
to settle back into the community, time with great friends (who I see too
infrequently) and my new place to live in town.
It’s been comfortable – yes, but don’t stress – not “too”
comfortable. I most certainly have not let my foot of the proverbial gas pedal
and training has continued to be going very well in the midst of the changes.
After the momentum we gained during the Maui camp – Ivan and I have been
working super well together under the watchful eye of Justin. It’s a different
set up with the men and women training separately this year which is a big
change, but things with the men’s team seem to be going splendid.
As well as training, I had mentioned it’s been nice to see
and hang out with friends (some of which don’t ski race) and I’ve really
enjoyed that too. I’m not going to lie, I appear to be allergic to eating
dinner alone – which means a lot of great conversations, meals and evenings
spent with friends and training with some non-World Cup team members – who are
some of my best friends - has been sweet too. No question the friend/social
scene is what I miss most about living out of a duffel bag, and that becomes
pretty apparent after a few great dinners with the crew.
Ok – I may have fibbed slightly. Aside from hanging out in
Canmore, I did enjoy some days in Invermere enjoying what the Columbia valley
had to offer, and recently I returned from a short trip to Ontario to visit
family, spend a day checking in on Lenny at his family’s cottage (thanks Valjas
family for a wonderful (yet too short) time!), see some old friends and execute
the 4th annual “Sudbury Share the Road” event – which was a
resounding success this year. If you aren’t familiar with “Share the Road” I
encourage you to check out our website: www.sharetheroad.ca
and see what we’re all about. This year’s event in my hometown of Sudbury saw
record numbers and I would like to thank my dad, Chris Gore, STR’s CEO Eleanor,
all the volunteers, police officers, and Sudbury’s Mayor (Marianne Matichuk)
for their tireless work, and support in attempting and working for positive
change in the city. While Sudbury still has a long way to go to make it a “bicycle
friendly” community, to see almost 300 passionate people riding together was
both exhilarating and moving.
This last week in Canmore has flown by and change is in the
air again - the Bow River is coming down (which means better fishing, yeah
buddy!), the days are getting shorter and my duffel bag is calling to me,
begging me to jam it full of gear again. The reality is that on Sunday (tomorrow) I’m off for our
annual training camp down in New Zealand. It’ll be great to be back on skis under
those majestic Southern Alps with the boys working hard for the looming season.
Ok, while I’m trying my best to make these updates shorter
so more people other than my mother and Jamie Coatsworth will actually read
them, I feel like I must speak quickly to how inspiring the 2012 Olympics were.
Like most of us sports fans, I love watching the Olympics and the London Games
did not disappoint. Let’s just say the withdrawal I went through the first few
days post-Olympics was dramatic and my mornings were infinitely less exciting
and required infinitely more coffee to get psyched up.
Some highlights for me off the top of my head were watching
the 10,000m with Nish (the last bunch of laps standing and shouting at the
television), Rudisha’s monumental display in the 800m as he front-ran to both a
World Record and an Olympic title, Bolt’s antics (ok, ok, and victories),
Wiggins winning the time trial, Tara Whitten winning a bronze medal in the
women’s team pursuit, all the distance/middle distance track events and the
sadness I felt for both Paula Findlay and Simon in the triathlon (a tough reminder
that sport is both beautiful and utterly gut-wrenchingly painful/sad at others)
– just to name a few (there were WAY more, but again – trying SO hard to keep
it semi-brief!) really moved me. I think though my fav’ of the entire Olympics
was that 10,000m. To see Farah and Rupp out kick the Bekele brothers from
Ethiopia almost moved me to tears.
I’m going to try something fun too these days with some
quick hits of the summer.
Best run: Actually,
Iceline trail in Yoho Nat. Park yesterday with Nish and Matty. It was boss.
Favorite meal: Ok,
this is too hard. It’s a tie between brunch-zilla that a whack load of friends
and I made after Peri and Joel’s wedding on the morning of July 22nd (you remember
y’all! - and I can't get into it all right here - it's too extensive) and a classic home made dinner consisting of:
Halibut (with a cilantro, fresh chili, toasted pine nuts finely chopped, lime
zest, soy sauce, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, salt, pepper type rub)
grilled (with EV Olive oil, salt pepper) – finished with fresh lemon and grated
garden Swiss Chard (again – EV olive oil, salt, pepper and fresh lime)
rice (gotta be calrose though!)
consisting of arugula, feta cheese, peeled roasted red peppers, apple, cherry
tomatoes, avocado and toasted pine nuts and whatever dressing you fancy (for me
it seems like it’s always a homemade balsamic vinaigrette)
dessert of well… anything amazing with fresh seasonal fruit and something tasty
like yogurt, Haagen Daz…
Great albums pumping
in the truck & at home (in no particular order)
Three things here: 1) These are “new” (to me, ok – some are
from the spring – but that counts as “new” haha) albums I’ve been listening to
and love for the past 5-6 weeks while I was back in Canmore 2) I’m also just
loving CBC radio 3 – bordering on addicted, so check it out if you want to
listen to fantastic Canadian awesomeness 3) I’m an “album guy” so that’s what I
put. There’s been some amazing new songs I’ve been loving too (the new Stars
track (Theory of relativity), Metric’s new track (Speed of collapse) Hey
Ocean’s “change” etc…), but I won’t get into that now.
Shakes: Boys and Girls
John Misty: Fear Fun
for the Riff Raff: Look Out Mama
Ward: A wasteland compilation
Monsters and Men: My head is an animal
Face: Family tree
Just to name a few (newish) Albums I’ve been loving of late
to accompany all the Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, Wilco, Beck, Neil Young, Michael
Franti, etc… that’s in constant rotation.
Holla’ and thanks for reading. Enjoy the photos as well.
Next update will be from winter down in the NZ.
High above Ribbon Lake - looking down from the top of Guinn's Pass. The run? #decent
Babs slamming it up the backside of Sulphur Mountain this morning (Aug. 18th) during some tough ski striding intervals
Showing off the new kit that "Fresh Air" made for us NST members on the new 29er mountain bike I picked up a month ago (thanks Ridley's and Trek Canada for helping out with it!)
My life-blood: cinnamon buns. These particular ones (coupled with a killer cappo') were lights out.
"The Iceline sessions" this is the first one taken on yesterday's fabled run. Yeah Nish. Yeah.
A Rocky Mountain Blue Bird. Felt like this 2.5hr run went by in 2.5min.
A rare glimpse of a hairy hippie like creature that appears to look somewhat like me.
Yeah Matty. Yeah.
Even got out for some camping action - always awesome to sleep in a tent (even if a huge thunderstorm hits a couple hours later and you are on top of a mountain...)
Smiling because as of like 10pm we hadn't got zapped by lightning.
Canadian Rockies. Like a boss.
Like I said. Canmore rules.
Me today hammering away on Sulphur.
I was too busy loving the vibe and being inspired by the hundreds of passionate cyclists that believe Sudbury can change and be a more bicycling friendly place to live. Thanks to everyone that made the 4th Share the Road Sudbury a success. Check out www.sharetheroad.ca to see what we're all about or to get involved.