WMSC U18/U21 Program Update - January 20-26
Good Afternoon U18/U21 Team,
What a week we just had! The first 4 true freeski days of the season (for the majority of the team) were nothing short of exactly what we needed to reset for the mid-season push. Bombing around with the athletes, it immediately became clear that there is no shortage of confidence or speed on this team when the uncertainty level of the run or conditions goes up. It’s often easy to overlook the benefits of smashing out pow laps in lieu of putting gates in the ground, but the truth is, everything we do with a pair of skis on that involves feel, speed, thought (both reactive and proactive), and a little excitement translates to racing. And vice-versa. The harder part is to approach runs in gates the same as you would a non-stopper down Harvey’s, but we’ll get there with more practice doing both.
Onto this weeks Program Update, which covers bases located in Kimberley Speed, Jan. 25 Club Race 1, and the next 2 weeks of training at home. Aside from the Kimberley portion, this update will be short and sweet, so please read to the whole thing and save your questions for the end. Here we go:
Kimberley Speed – Equipment and Registration are the Straw to the Camel
We are now T-6 Days until departure for Kimberley and registration for the event is officially closed. If you are late to the register (we were late with putting the trip up) please contact Chloe and Conrad (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com) and we will do our best to get you into the roster. It is a common topic; these trips are budgeted on estimated numbers and if there are any large changes to the number of athletes in attendance too close to the set departure dates, we are often unable to adjust in a cost-effective manner. That, or we won’t have enough room in the vehicles rented for the trip. If you are curious about upcoming events and don’t see a means to register, please ask. If you want to register and find your way to Active Camps, please don’t hesitate to follow through.
Regarding equipment for Kimberley, there are a few things that athletes in attendance will need on top of the regular packing list: FIS Legal DH and SG skis, Back Protectors (you will not be allowed to run without one). We are currently trying to source additional speed skis for purchase and will keep you all notified of any updates as they happen, but in the meantime it wouldn’t hurt to reach out to your teammates, past and present, to see if there are any extras collecting dust in a garage somewhere. I know many of you made orders or did some research leading up but, in the future, please make sure you have the required equipment to race before signing-up for the event. It’s a massive stress-reliever to be prepared, and a lot easier to get prepared if it’s not a week before departure. Some of you have reached out already; if you are in need of skis, please contact your coaches (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can make a list and hopefully start checking names off.
Club Race #1 – Jan. 25, Panel SL + Dual
This Saturday we will attempt to pull-off our first Club Race of the year! The format will be a Panel SL for seeding, followed by a Team Dual. In order for this to run smoothly we will need an accurate startlist, so marking your attendance on the TeamPages event (labeled “U18/U21 – Whistler – Club Race 1”) is even more important than usual. If your name is not marked by morning of Friday, Jan. 24, you will not be in the race. Head on over to our Program Calendar and check the circle next to your name if you’re going to be there!
Training at Home – Jan. 26-Feb. 7
Part of the Team, along with 2 coaches, will be away doing high-speed battle in Kimberley for the last and first weeks of January and February, respectively. Kike will be the man in charge at home during that span and will need your help to keep training running efficiently. It’s what most of you do normally, but just a reminder to mark your attendance on TeamPages and be on time for sessions to help with setup, tear-down, warm-up, etc. The weather forecast looks to keep going with its shenanigans into the foreseeable future, so the more dialed we can all be, the more we can get out of training. Having a smaller group is a rare and wonderful opportunity to step-up as a leader (even just for yourself) and capitalize on the increased independence and (hopefully) smoother courses.
Night training at Grouse on Tuesdays has been added to our menu and if anyone is keen to hit-up any of those, we would be happy to oblige. Registration for Grouse Nights can be found on Active Camps along with Trips and Extra Days and must be signed-up for before the preceding Monday at 10:00am.
At this point in the season, with a few races under our belts and a much clearer bearing on where we’d like to get to, our U18/U21 Teamship Value for this week is:
Excellence in Communication – Fair and Honest Communication. Keeping things fair and honest when it comes to interacting with others is hard because we tend to hold them to a higher standard than ourselves yet offer more leniency in our comments and observation. Afterall, comfort is much more easily given and received than criticism. When it comes to fair and honest communication with ourselves, it’s even more difficult because we always want to be better and finding excuses is easier than acceptance. Whether it’s a race, a training day, a powder day, or a fitness session, sometimes your best won’t meet your expectations, but that doesn’t mean it won’t next time. The first step to moving forward is figuring out where you are.
As always, if you have any questions about anything above or general, please do not hesitate to get in touch (email@example.com). See you this week!
U18/U21 Lead Coach
Whistler Mountain Ski Club