November 19, 2014

Gerry and Bea,

When I came back to the Lodge for lunch, I saw Lee and he said "You should
send a photo to Gerry" so I gave him my camera and he took these.  So here
they are from me and from Lee.  Zoom in and you will see me really smiling.

Shawn just did a track around the stadium, the Jackrabbit and also back from
the Biathlon area on the B, areas that would be dry enough.  It was just
good to be out on skis. I did those trails twice before lunch and then twice
again later on.  I was helping people register inside, as needed otherwise.
Do you know Ted and Rosalind Cross?  They joined the club today. They just
retired and moved here from PEI, living in the family house on West Valley,
after the death of Ted's mom Doris a year ago.  She was a founder of the
original ski club in Corner Brook in the 40's.  Herdman High School was
named after her father.  She was a real delight.

Judy May

October 26, 2014

XCNL 2014 Gros Morne Dryland Camp Recap

Thirty-five athletes attended the third and final XCNL open dryland camp of the season, along with XCNL provincial team coaches, club coaches and parent volunteers. They hailed from Lab West, Forteau, St. Anthony, the Staights, Rocky Harbour, Corner Brook, Stephenville and St. John's.

The main base was the Bonne Bay Marine Center with a secondary accommodation hub nearby at the Blue Moose rental house and Ocean Atlantic Cottages.
A variety of training locations in Gros Morne National Park were used. The Berry Hill campground site provided a variety of rollerski terrain - flat, undulating, and hilly; hiking trails and a playground suitable for strength exercises. Athletes ran along the coast, hiked at Gros Morne, and ski strode on the xc trails adjacent to the visitor's center. Norris Point itself provided a collection of trails, playgrounds and fields. Between sessions athletes relaxed, played outdoor and indoor games, built obstacle courses, and were occasionally forced to clean (but provided with water guns). The athletes had a turkey dinner Sunday evening; followed by a pumpkin carving competition; followed by a pumpkin destruction competition.

Athletes are now looking forward to getting on snow and the winter season.

Calendar Updated

September 7, 2014

XCNL 2014 Terra Nova Dryland Camp Recap

Twenty-four athletes from across Newfoundland and Labrador attended the second XCNL open camp of the season; staying in Eastport near Terra Nova National Park. Accommodations were ideal, with cabins adjacent to a large field for strength, stretching and games; rollerskiing out the door; and a sandy beach across the road. A good ski striding hill was within running distance. Newer rollerskiers and a para nordic contingent made use of the local school and connecting roads to improve their skills; while the most experienced group made it over the hills to the end of the road in Salvage. The effects of an offshore hurricane resulted in a strong surf at the beach - so the athletes got to practice their bodysurfing. At the end of a canoe trip to Sandy Pond the group partook in some (mostly intentional) capsize rescue drills. Four athlete teams competed throughout the camp in various competitions: feats of strength, field canoe pull, best dish cleaners, etc ... The coaches were particularly impressed with the team who decided to wax the canoe. In the end, the winners received the prized tonchos (towel ponchos). Athletes are now looking forward to the next camp in Gros Morne, Thanksgiving weekend.

XCNL 2014 Grenfell Dryland Camp Recap

Nineteen athletes from across Newfoundland and Labrador attended the first XCNL open camp of the season; staying in residence at Grenfell Campus. Between rollerski, running, and strength training; athletes cooled off in the Corner Brook stream and partook in games of capture the medicine ball and ultimate frisbee. The group was split into three, and given a night to compete for the best supper chefs award. Athletes went through goal setting and mental training; with the camp capping off with an adventure run to the top of Marble Mountain. They left tired but excited for the next camp.