January 23-29 *Updated Wednesday 4:30*

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    Matt DeCarufel
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    Hello U14s!

    It has been an intense couple weeks of racing with a many individual and team goals achieved.  First off, congratulations to all the Edmonton AB Cup racers.  It is a different style of skiing up there on narrow, urban trails, but great for development to get outside of the nordic centre.

    The older athletes of the club had a hard but good week of racing at Trials in Prince George and some have been nominated to represent Canada! Long-Time club members Anna Parent (who has coached many of you) and Luke Fricker have both been named to the Canadian Nordic U23 World Ski Championships Team, and Noah Weir-Chaba has been named to the Canadian Nordic Junior World Ski Championships Team.  All 3 of these athletes will be joining team Canada to race in Whistler at the end of the month. Russell Kennedy as well, our very own U14 assistant coach Katie Weaver earned their place on the Canadian Nordic World Ski Championships team and will be representing Canada in Slovenia at the end of February.  Well done athletes!

    Some amazing biathlon results as well, announcements to come shortly.

    Coming up the first weekend of February will be Western Canadian Championships over in Kimberley.  I sent the trip document to all athletes registered on the club spreadsheet.  Let me know if you did not receive it.

    The following week the U14 program is off to Chelsea Quebec for the second half of our exchange!  More details to come soon.

    Then we will be off to Red Deer, AB for the final AB Cup weekend of the season.

    As we just wrapped up 3 intense weeks of events, with 3 more big weeks ahead, the coaching staff needs 1 day off to recharge the batteries a little bit.  There will be no team training on Saturday, January 28.

    LGMS is partnering with Canmore Nordic to have us glide wax the school’s fleet of skate skis.  In exchange for your work and opportunity to practice your glide waxing skills, we will use the funds raised to purchase pizza for our final session of the year.  Second year athletes, you will recognize this is the same protocol as we were able to do last year. Wax days will be 30 minutes long on Thursday(26), Monday(30), Tuesday(31).  This is not required, but a great opportunity for you to receive additional instruction and practice. Bring a snack to eat after training before we dive into waxing.  Sign up here

    Team training for this week:

    Monday(23) No team training due to racing on the weekend

    Tuesday(24) Classic Ski @ CNC
    5:00-6:30 ->Meet at the teamroom
    With the warm temperatures and transformed snow, it is a great opportunity to ski on some klister.  We will start with a short klister application clinic at the start of the session for the athletes. Come with your skis clean (scraped free of kick wax/klister) and a tube of Universal Klister.  We coaches will provide instruction and heat to help you learn the art of klister application 🙂

    We will hit the trails with your freshly waxed skis and work on our striding.  Due to the lack of fresh snow in the past month, we will use man made trails primarily on the XC race trails, so pack your head lamp.

    Thrusday(26) Biathlon @ CNC
    4:45-6:15 Biathlon training

    Waxing ski (as noted above) sign up here

    Saturday(28) No team training

    “If you want to be your best- let alone THE best- at something, you’ve got to work really hard, take risks, put yourself out there, fail a bunch, almost break at times, and keep going. It’s not easy stuff. Which is precisely why you also need to be kind to yourself along the way. Progress is hard. It is also worthwhile.” Brad Stulberg

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