The Blog Awards

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Hello Wonderful People,

 

Long time no speak, So sorry for sucking with the blog as of late. I know I have been absolutely useless with letting you know what I am up too and talking though the issues of the world!

Not to worry as I am totally back on it, I have some blogs stock piled and ready to go in the run up to Christmas. But until then, I need your help! My blog has been selected to be shortlisted for the Trespass Blog Awards! All you have today, is head online, following the link  http://www.trespass.com/blog-awards-nominations.

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Stay tuned for tomorrow and I will be bringing you an update on filming and being back in the mountains.

Until then, Follow that link and VOTE FOR ME!

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#ThrowBackThursday To The International Freeski Film Festival London #if3London

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#if3London last Thursday night was EPIC! Capital letters are an absolute must when describing this event as totally rocked my damn world.

You probably won’t be surprised when you hear me say, you literally couldn’t pay me to live in London, I enjoy stopping by for events and meetings but any longer than 3 days, I hate the place. Too crowded, no sense of community and it’s simply not like home in the Mountains. But last thursday, London felt like home- It felt like an Apres Ski bar at The Grand Clapham and every person in that building felt like a seasonnaire pal.

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Subzero events did an incredible job of organising the night, it went off like clock work. The atmosphere was electric, literally winter vibes left right and centre.

I was of course running the social media for @Fatmap, the sponsors of the evening which meant I got to chat to all the athletes and filmers, so as you can imagine, I was beaming from ear to ear!

Who did we have and what did I think?

“Backyards” by PVS Company

Presented on stage by athletes Sam Favret, Fabian Bodet, Julien Herry and film makers Alex Blaise, Maxime Moulin, Niels St Viteux, Theo Delarche, Fred Rousseau, Mat Bourgeois, Jr Ceron, David Lacote & Pauline Beauchamps

  • Amazing. The scenery was incredible, seeing everything that France has to offer. Big sends and even bigger lines! Backyards was inspiring too, a really strong movie showing the trials and tribulations of offpiste life. It was sooooo good.
  • Check it out here

 

“Enjoy the Ride” by Perspective Studios

Presented on stage by Director Ross Welch and athletes Callum Welch & Elia Mitalas

  • This edit was brilliant as it showcased some British talent. The lads are crazy and had a fun and outgoing attitude to match. This was the first edit shown and was an excellent way to kick off the evening! I loved meeting them after and having a little chat. They have some big things in store this winter too.
  • Check it out here

“Liberarsi” by Every Damn Weekend

Presented on stage by athletes Luca Zattoni & Francesco Salamone

  • Every Damn Weekend was awesome. Luca and Franci represented for Fatmap in a big way. Showing how effectively the app works and how it helped shape their lines. Plus everyone in the room absolutely loved the switch from Italian city life to extreme backcountry antics! They filmed in Cervinia/Zermatt too which obviously make me nearly faint with excitement.
  • Check it out here

 

 “Characters on Skis’ by Midiafilm

Presented on stage by Neil David Williman & Felix Wiemers

  • OH Sweet Lord! Characters on Skis was a powder overload. If you didn’t already feel like the mountains were calling then this edit will surely have thrown you over the edge. Felix and Neil took up deep into the backcountry here in Europe and Japan, chasing the snow wherever they could find it. This was winter goals for sure!
  • Check it out here

 

“Domestic Playground” by Next Generation Media

Presented on stage by Ola Kjos Sollie Emil Skjeslien Larsen Jens Erik Stokke Herman Ørstenvik Fjøss & Steffen Rosén Olsen

  • The Norwegian lads were a massive hit in the hall. The lads were clearly over the moon to showcase their film in London and it’s easy to see why. No one does urban riding like the scandi’s and this edit was a perfect example of how to turn an area into a sick ride. Filmed in Norway, by Norwegians, I think everyone was checking prices to Oslo for this season. They did some crazy ass stuff and I loved it. Plus they were hella cute! 😉 You guys know I am a sucker for a viking.
  • Check it out here

I have included the hyperlinks to all their websites and to the trailers so be sure to check them out!

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Summer Training- Part 2. The Plank Challenge.

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Hello there folks,

How is everyone? Well I hope. I thought it was about time to check in with my Summer Training Update Part 2. This is totally something everyone can try and is NO WHERE NEAR AS HARD AS IT SOUNDS.

Recently, on Facebook the world record holder in the plank position showed up on my news feed, it’s like 8hrs or something crazy and I was flabbergasted to say the least. I struggle with my current timings of like a minute so that sounds just mental. Then later purely coincidentally I saw a post about planking for some seconds every day to improve toning and over all vitality. I read it and thought I would customise it to my own training standards (helping get Ski Season Ready). I personally do other exercise as well to aid in free riding but this is totally up to you, it’s simply a hopefully, helping suggestion.

So first before I tell you how to start the plank challenge, let’s review why it can be  beneficial for you:

1.) Planking is a body weight exercise that requires no money investment, very little time, no equipment and allows you to see the results happen in a short space of time. That’s all the key ingredients of a good “workout” right? It’s certainly speaking my language!

2.) Planking, in conjunction with many other muscles, allows you to strengthen your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles help strengthen your back and help protect against injury. In the snow sports industry, your back its suck an easy area to damage, so theoretically speaking, strengthen your tummy, help protect your back.

3.) Improve posture. This is ideal for skiers and snowboarders, as better posture means again, spinal strength and another step in the right direction of preventing injury.

4.) Planking is an excellent position to improve balance. Balance is the magic word in skiing and snowboarding. Having total strength and awareness of every muscle makes you so much more adapted to harder tricks and general over all agility in your descent, whether you are on piste or off. This is why I still profess every snow sport enthusiast should be supplementing their days on the hill with a short yoga session. But continuing on that theme, planking helps you isolate your abdominal muscles, your lower and upper back along with your bum! It helps you build on your balance through that inevitable, yet satisfying burn of holding a body weight exercise position.

5.) Get sweating! I don’t know about you guys but planking can certainly help me work up a sweat, especially if a full mixed position 20 min or so work out. Sweating when exercising for me, has a direct line to that illusive part of the brain that releases all the happy hormones. One way to help me feel in control, happy and poised is exercise. Sometimes if i need a little boost, I don;t need to go do a 60 min work out, I can simply do some of my favorite yoga poses or plank for a few minutes. This helps make me feel grounded and overall improves my personal vitality.

Okay so, sounding good so far? I haven’t lost too many of you right? Well then, let’s explain how you can get started right now. Do variations of these poses for as long or as little as you like. Do only a few of them or do all of them.

1.) Basic Plank- Down on your forearms, BUM DOWN and toes on the ground, Nice strong line and hold. Min 20 seconds. increase the amount of time the more confident you get or the more time you have.

Rest 10 Seconds

2.) Basic Push up Position- Palms on the ground, press up position, BUM DOWN and toes on the ground. Nice strong line and hold. Min 20 seconds. Increase the amount of time the more confident you get or the more time you have.

Rest 10 Seconds

3.) Twist Plank- Take the principles from Basic Push Up and twist your hips from side to side. Don’t dip all the way to the ground but stretch left to right so you can feel your external obliques (The lower side muscles in your tummy).  Min 20 seconds. Increase the amount of time the more confident you get or the more time you have.

Rest 10 Seconds

4.) Raised Leg Plank- Take the basic principles of the Basic Plank and swap between raising your left leg then your right leg. Keep your weight nice and grounded through the foot touching the ground and the raised leg should be extended out nice and strong.

Rest 10 Seconds

5.) Side Plank- This one is a little more tough balance wise. However once you have it, its great, its probably my favourite now. Keep one palm down on the ground nice and sturdy. Eg, start with left hand palm down then with stability and strength place the left foot on it’s side and stack the right foot on top. Then right arm up in the air, shoulders in line. Then swap over. Another variations of this include; Incorporating a great yoga position is to raise the top foot and leg to a 45* angle to the grounded leg- If you can, grab your big toe of the raised leg with your peace fingers on the extended arm.

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My gal @erinellisx showing us how it’s done in Italy. Looking super strong, toned and fit!

THAT IS IT! There are of course many more variations of plank but this is my favourite sequence and already after a short amount of time my stomach feels leaner and it’s great to do while watching a bit of Netflix!

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Catching up-Where Is All The Snow?

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So, Its bleak, Its really bleak, but yet in a ever positive attitude I am trying to pretend its not happening. I am referring to the snow.

Any snow sports lover will surely be aware of the terrible and barren conditions in the Alps at the moment. Looking out at the mountain sphere and seeing a sight I have never seen in all the years I have been in the mountains. Its a worry that I have that the only explanation is this is the effects of global warming. Anyone who denies that the world is changing isn’t listening to the nature around them. I would consider myself a mountain girl, I feel at home here, I am still learning to read the environment and the nature so that I can achieve the best experience ever; These days when I look out the window I can hear so loud and so clear that something is changing. It should be deep winter at this point in the season an yet I have seen no sights of the winter. However we must make the most of the situation as I couldn’t think of a better place to be than in my home mountain resort of Cervinia, with some awesome people around me.

I have struck so lucky this year with my room-mates, all of whom are super keen and enthusiastic mountain people too- as well as fellow yoga lovers. Some of whom will come and do some of the comps with me, this of course means when the snow hits, the training days in the back country will be epic. On a morning we get up, put a pot of coffee on and tuck into a delicious breakfast, perfect to set us up for the day, we then head onto the mountain to shred everything we can, every feature, every turn and every track we have absolutely destroyed, although this isn’t free ride training directly, I am having a simply blooming lovely time.   The people are so important, its the shred buddies you have around you that make your day regardless of conditions. Until the snow arrives we shall happily sit and wait.

I will give you an update on my new sponsors very soon, until then, Keep the Stoke.

 

Peace