January Update

January Update

Hello friends,
It’s been a little while since my last blog. To be honest, I was put off writing because I know how bad the pandemic is hitting the UK and other parts of the world at the moment and I didn’t want to come across as insensitive by sharing about my adventures. My goal is just to let people know what I have been getting up to and if you don’t like it feel free to unsubscribe at the bottom of the email. I won’t be offended if you do do as I know getting lots of emails can be tedious.

Snowboarding
I am smashing up the blue (intermediate) runs and have done nearly all of the ones in this resort now. I’ve also done about 4 blacks, 1 of which was called Spin Cycle which was horribly steep, thin and mogully (bumpy) and it was like going through a washing machine. I have done a few small jumps gaining about 1/16th of a seconds worth of air time, I will share a video next time I do a good one. We have a new friend called Masaru who has 21 years snowboarding experience and he has been teaching us some new tricks. The other day he took me back country skiing and he did a front flip off a rock drop which was absolutely sick.
Kitchen
For the first 6 weeks I had only been doing dishwashing and the cold station, but recently I have been given a few shifts doing vegetables on the quieter nights. I much prefer this as it is real cooking and on these days I am in charge of preparing the vegetables and starches to go with the mains, as well as cooking them to order including dishes like: mushroom risotto, seafood tagliatelle, gnocchi to go with chicken and fingerling potatoes to go with the salmon. The mash potato we use as a side for the steaks is about 90% butter and cream and it is delicious.

Exercise
Apart from snowboarding I have been regularly training at the local gym and I have hired a PT to coach me on olympic lifting. This is something I have wanted to learn for a while in order to improve my strength, power and to learn a new skill. My coach is a professional skier with over 10 years experience as a coach and I am learning a lot from her style of teaching. I train with her once per week and I have 2 other sessions to do on my own. I think it would be a good experience for any coach to have a coach themselves and it is enlightening to be the client rather than the PT this time. 

Mindfulness
Shelley and I have been doing an online breath-work meditation course by Michael Bijker. It is about 10-20 mins each morning after our daily stretches, utilising different breathing exercises which build into a full meditation practice and we are finding it really enlightening, you can check it out here. We have also been going on walks and listening to audiobooks, currently Jay Shetty’s ‘Think Like a Monk‘, which is about a guy who went to live in an Ashram to become a monk and how he has translated his learnings into a modern western lifestyle.

6 Week Challenge
The current team are nearly 4 weeks down on the current Nomad Trainer January 6 week challenge and they are absolutely smashing it. It has been a great to coach the group remotely and I love to see how my clients back in the UK are getting on with their daily workouts and nutrition tasks. I am so pleased to see they are all getting on so well and asking questions, motivating and having banter with each other on our group chat before I have even woken up – and most of them have never even met each other. I have been asked already by some of them when the next one is starting and this one hasn’t even finished yet. I think these guys are going to get the best results yet and I can’t wait to share what they have achieved in a few weeks time.

Future Plans
We are trying to work out where to go from here as our contract for the ski season runs out on 31st March. Our first choice would be to go west and live and work on Vancouver Island which is highly regarded as the best place in Canada. A few surf towns called Tofino and Ucluelet are grabbing our attentions and they seem to be where the majority of people from here plan to go. However, because of its popularity, accommodation and jobs are hard to come by in these places. Another idea would be to head south and work at a vineyard in Kelowna, Penticton or Naramata. Alternatively, we could go east and go and work at another lodge close to Emerald Lake and Lake Louise. We haven’t considered going north as we fancy some warmer weather after leaving here. 

Thanks for taking the time to read this blog and please do get in contact if you have any questions or would like to share with me what you are up to. I try my best to reply to everyone who sends me a message and it would be great to catch up!

Healthy regards,


Matt

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