Sunday, November 09, 2008

Engagement, T-Shirts, Fitness Testing

As always this time of year is a whirlwind of activity that is always fraught with emotion as we head into another race season. Upon my arrival home from Europe I had a life changing surprise awaiting me. David asked me to marry him…and I said Yes!!!

Therefore, on top of the regular whirlwind of gala and media events in Ontario, Vancouver, and Calgary I was enjoying extraordinary moments with my family and friends to help celebrate this wonderful news. It was great timing for me, so I could share such happy news with so many people.

I’m now back with my teammates in Calgary and looking forward to getting back on snow. We’ve just completed this fall’s fitness testing, and from what we’ve heard so far the whole team is moving forward and reaching new heights. I was extremely excited to see that I was fitter on the bike and in the power tests than ever before, even with the lost time because of the knee injury. Now it’s just about translating that fitness into fast skiing!

We’ll be training in Nakiska and Panorama over the next three weeks leading up to the Lake Louise world cup. It’s been warm here so there isn’t much snow, but their now making lots during the evenings as the temperatures are starting to drop.

As for what I have on the go, The Speed Queens have some new t-shirts! (This is a picture of David and I with our t-shirts on from the Vancouver Gala)

The shirts will be sold for $20 and all the proceeds will be going to Right to Play. They’ll be sold at the World Cup in Lake Louise and we’re sorting out a way to get orders in for individuals as well. If a group wants to order 20 or more shirts, send me an e-mail with the order and I’ll get it through! The shirts come in Black, White, and Pink! (Pink is my favourite!)

Another fundraising initiative that I’m working on has been in the works for several months. A local artist from Rossland, Stephanie Gauvin, painted a wonderful action shot of me from the Whistler World Cup. This painting will be auctioned off to the highest bidder on an online site. More details to come…

Best Wishes to Everyone,