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Early Season Update

Hello Everyone,

 I wish you all a Happy New Year and hope your holidays were awesome! This will just be a quick update about the training season and how the start of the race season went and where I am off to next. This year my training season went very well and I was doing some of the biggest hours I’ve ever done. Because of this, I was looking forward to seeing how well I’d be racing once the season started. In Late October I travelled to Canmore, Alberta for an early season on-snow training camp as well as one sprint race. It was a good start, I was 9 seconds off of winning it!  Then five days after I got home from Canmore I flew to Norway for a 3-week race trip with my team, Barrie Cross Country. Having been to Norway the previous year I was ready for what I knew was to come. We had 2 race weekends while we were there, one weekend being in Bietostollen with 3 races, and one weekend in Gaalaa with 2 races. I was looking forward to these races because I got the chance to race against some of the best skiers in the world. However, for some reason, I was feeling very off form in all of my races. This was disappointing for me because I was hoping to feel good for the start of the season with all of my great training leading up to the season. After Norway, I came home for five days before flying out to Silver Star, BC, for my next weekend of racing. I took some time to rest before these races hoping to bounce back to my normal self, however, I was still performing very poorly. At this point, I was seriously wondering why I was feeling so bad when I raced. We had one more weekend of racing in Rossland, BC, before the Christmas break and I tried to make myself feel as good as possible for these races. However, again I was feeling off. So my coach and I decided the best course of action was to skip the last 2 races of the weekend and start trying to recover. So now we are in the present. It’s January 1st and I have been in recovery mode for the last two weeks. I have started to do my intensity workouts again and they are feeling fairly good. On Saturday (January 6th) I have the Olympic Qualifier in Mont. St. Anne, Quebec. I am hopeful that by Saturday I will be feeling normal again and will hopefully be able to compete at my best. I also have 3 more races while in Quebec which could qualify me for Under 23 World Championships in Switzerland, as well as some World Cups. Depending on how the next two weeks of racing goes, I will know where the rest of my season takes me.

I’d like to thank every one of you for your continued support of my pursuit of skiing excellence! The fundraising has been working out the way we have hoped. We’ve been very successful and are very thankful!

Mid Season Update

Hello Everyone,

Here is an update on how the Qualifying races went. Sadly I won’t be going to the Olympics. I was really hoping that I would have started to feel better by the time the races came up but unfortunately, I continued to feel far from normal. I ended up racing only 2 out of the 4 races that week because of this. It is very frustrating to have this happen, especially at a time of important races. Because of how I’m feeling my coach and I have decided that it would be best for me to take the next few weeks to recover. We are hoping that after some recovery time we can start normal training again and be ready for Nationals in the middle of March. After the recovery block has passed we will re-evaluate how I am feeling and decide how to get ready for Nationals. But we must also know that if there is no improvement then Nationals may be out of the picture as well. Both my coach and I are being very careful to not dig myself into a deeper hole at this time. It is frustrating for it to be this way, but I feel this is the best course of action. Thank you all for your help and support so far, it is greatly appreciated! I will be sending out another update around the start of March to let you know how I am feeling and if I will be racing at Nationals. Thank you again!

End of Season Update

Hello Everyone,

The Canadian Championships start next week and unfortunately, I won’t be attending them.

This whole season has been a challenge trying to get to my normal racing level. This past month my coach, Ron, and I have been figuring out what I can do to get my body feeling normal again. We have done everything at this time to try and make that happen. I have been training, recovering, and resting appropriately. Two weeks ago we started doing race preparations in the form of intense training to see if I was starting to feel better yet. Last Thursday was the last intensity before we decided about the Canadian Championships. Sadly, there was no improvement in how I was feeling. Because of this and with much deliberation, my coach and I decided that Canadian Championships will not be good for me to attend. He believes that I need to take the rest of March off so that I do not dig myself deeper into the hole. I will use this time to get back to feeling like myself again.

At this point, we don’t have an explanation as to why my body is not responding well from all of my training, but we will continue to press forward and investigate how we can prevent this from happening again. This is not the news everyone was hoping to hear but I do believe this is the best path to get me feeling like myself again. I know if I take the proper time to get through this now I will be much stronger in the future. I have learned so much going through all of this.  The biggest lesson being that I need to listen to what my body is telling me. This whole situation has been very frustrating, but I know it is absolutely important I stay positive.

I’d like to take this time to truly thank each and every one of you for all of your support throughout this very abnormal season. I will be sending out my next update sometime in May. Again thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your support. Attached are some photos.

Sincerely,

Joey Foster