Uphill march for a consistent HR in the beautiful NZ forest
Uphill march for a consistent HR in the beautiful NZ forest

It is so good to be back home and 3 weeks has passed quickly by. I've spent the majority of my time in the gym, eating or sleeping, the essentials of off-season life... as well as spending every spare moment with the adorable Border Collie pups that our farm dogs bred just before I arrived home. The first 2 weeks I spent preparing for fitness testing on the 10th of June in Methven. It was good to be able to push myself, seeing success and finding out what my limitations are, as well as the best ways to improve on them in the coming months. This last week, I was back with the Coberger Academy crew in Methven for a strength and conditioning camp run by Ben Griffin. It's been a hard week of double sessions with a variety of gruelling tasks. From weightlifting sessions to gorge runs,  core circuits to plyometrics. I certainly had my work cut out for me, keeping up with Adam, Nick and Willis, pushing myself hard and noticing how the gym work pays off. Ben finished off the week by setting us an absolute death session of hill sprints. It was brutal. I spent half the time trying to overcome the will to vomit but in the end it wasn't me that lost the contents of their stomach...

A huge thanks to Ben for taking us through some greatly valuable training. Nils is joining us as we're back on snow tomorrow at Mt Hutt for a week long camp before heading down to Queenstown in a few weeks for the season. Can't wait to get back on snow, this time of year can never come around quick enough.

Post-run at Rakaia Gorge - Me, Adam Barwood, Nick Prebble and Willis Feasey (left to right)
Post-run at Rakaia Gorge - Me, Adam Barwood, Nick Prebble and Willis Feasey (left to right)