A few weeks ago, at a Fast and Female event during the Canmore mountain bike nationals, I got to listen to Olympic bronze medallist Catharine Pendrel talk about her mountain biking career. (I also got to see her Olympic medal!).
One of the things that stood out to me was when she talked about the injuries she had dealt with during her career. She talked about how injuries are frustrating, because they often prevent you from doing the training you would like to do. She said that training is rarely perfect while you are injured, but that you need to accept that things won’t go as planned, and keep working through it.
That stuck with me, because training this summer has by no means been perfect. My foot has healed really well from surgery in April, but I’ve been dealing with some other foot issues that have come up in the meantime (likely caused just from spending so much time in crutches/a walking boot). As a result, I haven’t been able to put in either the amount or the types of training I would have liked to so far this summer.
As your typical perfectionist athlete, I feel frustrated when I know that I’m not doing the kind of training I would do in an injury-free scenario. Some days, it’s really easy to feel motivated and push myself, but some days it’s hard to get out the door and train. I guess that’s all part of the process though, because improvement rarely happens without challenges along the way. Fortunately, I’m surrounded by a great group of people who help push me to be a better athlete and to work hard even when things aren’t perfect.
Despite dealing with an injury, the summer has been a lot of fun so far. I’ve been getting into mountain biking this summer, and although I’m by no means a great mountain biker (still rocking the flat pedals…), I’ve been loving how many great trails and places there are to bike around the Bow Valley!
I’ve also been continuing with Pilates this summer (I started last year), and it’s starting to pay off! Pilates is one of those things I never thought I would have fun doing, but it’s been helping a lot with my body alignment, which will hopefully translate to more efficient skiing come winter.
Up next is a potential Haig camp at the end of August, and then intensity will start to ramp up as the racing season approaches!
Until next time,
Happy early summer! I can't believe it's almost the longest day of the year...last time I updated you, it was the very end of March and these mountains were still coated with snow and I was skiing daily.
I feel guilty at not having updated my friends, family, sponsors, and supporters sooner...but April, May, and now June have been some of the busiest but happiest weeks of my life. I'll make the summaries in this email as concise as I can to share all the love I had planned to - but know I'm healthier and in a better mental and physical state than I've ever been! Training this spring has gone phenomenally well as I eased back in to full-time athlete life after 3 months easy...May was spent on the road bike, crust skiing up in Sunshine meadows, building strength, and running hard intervals around our little quarry lake "track" to finally build me some leg speed and power. I leave for the the first glacier skiing camp on June 27th and couldn't be more excited to combine real snow skiing with the rollerski work we've started on. We've also taken a whole new approach to the range- some radical stuff with my coach John, who had the most successful para-biathlon team on the range in the world last winter - so I think my sniping abilities will be incredibly fine-tuned come winter. I finally feel like I have this incredible focus while I'm training, in the zone and improving every session, but then I'm able to "turn off" and actually recover properly (and be a normal human being!) in between.
...Now for The Most Epic Things that have happened since I last touched base (trust me there's been a bunch):
-April 11th I filmed a segment with the CBC for Petro Canada (they gave me a generous grant!) that is being played in the lead-up to this winter's Olympics. I guess I get to the be the face of Biathlon Canada right now?! Brenda Irving and her crew flew from Toronto all the way here for just one day to put this piece together - we did it at my favourite place to train in the world, Mt Shark, way out in Kananaskis Country - and it focuses on myself and my coach John. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did and you can feel the passion and excitement! My title sponsors got some decent air time as well as Fast and Female :) http://www.cbc.ca/sports/thebond/#25QdksCPWTk
-I went home to Ontario for 2 weeks in April and had a blast, as well as gave a speech at the Building Bridges to our future Gala. Upon request I posted it on my blog, as well as a back-log of sponsor updates I've sent you guys over the past year or so. Blog here: http://erinyungblut.wixsite.com/biathlete/blog-1
- I've been slowly working on my writing, through my actual work as well as my blog/etc. I made the Working Abroad Calendar (volunteer organization) with this photo and caption from my trip to CR ("Like" it!): https://www.facebook.com/WorkingAbroadProjects/photos/a.329662330454373.79768.329397653814174/1369179289836000/?type=3&theater
-My new work with Fast and Female has gone swimmingly as I move into my role as National Media Relations coordinator; it's challenging me and I'm loving all the connections I'm making! Attached are some pictures from the Girl's Run I hosted here in Canmore at the end of May...so much empowerment and inspiration for young girls!
-I was home for a short visit last week to celebrate my older sister Emily and her now husband Aaron! It was the most joyful, blissful, exciting visit home I've ever had and I feel so blessed to have been a part of their special day. The day was absolute perfection - I kid you not - and those vows...wow. Attached a far too many pictures recording the event 😊 Emily could not have been more beautiful and the ceremony/reception more full of love. Don't worry, my younger sister Madeline, my parents, and all our extended family lit up the dance floor. #jumparound I also snuck in another lovely visit in with my dear friend and mentor Julie Sawchuk, at Glassier Physiotherapy in Wingham (one of my most loyal and encouraging sponsors!) and Julie even blogged about it and all the other bad-assery she undergoes daily - truly an inspiration when I "think" times are tough, and an incredible friend I can always rely on. Thank you. http://juliesawchuk.blogspot.ca/2017/06/you-must-crawl-before-you-walk.html?spref=fb
That's it for now! Thank you for your continued love and support. I hope you all have a safe, happy, healthy kickoff to your summer...and a belated Happy Mother's day to all the kind and generous moms, and an early Happy Father's Day to the strong loving dads this weekend.
"When you are enthusiastic about what you do, you feel this positive energy. It's very simple. " - Paulo Coehlo
Pura Vida EY
ps. Saturday August 26th is the annual "Erin's Shoot" at the Listowel Rifle and Revolver Club in Listowel, Ontario...swing by if you can (9-3pm) to shoot some guns with one of my top sponsors!
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