Monday, December 12, 2011

First day at Tsubakuro

Hello Everyone!

It was our first day of free skiing at Tsubakuro! Only the short lift on the the flats is open. It was ok for doing some basic training. Tomorrow we are able to ski at Omatsu yama though. That will be better. Longer run and slightly steeper!! Tsubakuro and Omastsu yama have done a great job to prepare the man made snow.

I am looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Bye for now.


Thursday, December 08, 2011

Arrival in Japan

Hi everybody,

I am happy to say I have arrived in Japan!!!!!!!! I am actually already in Sugadaira. It is cooling down. -2 Celsius! Hopefully the ski resorts will make snow tonight.

I look forward to seeing every one!

Bye for now!


Sunday, December 04, 2011

Last Day in Canada with family

Hi !

It is always stressful this time of year. Leaving my family for 4 months. We spent the whole day with each other.

We went ice skating at a free city of Kelowna rink. We also made a ginger bread house and started to eat it. Chrissy and Makaiya just beat me in a game of soccer too.

See you soon.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Christmas decorating

Hi all!

The first of December! Chrissy, Makaiya , and I decorated our Christmas tree. Chrissy of course had to keep going with the Christmas spirit and dress the rest of the house up too. I think it looks great!

I am on my way to Japan soon. I am looking forward to seeing you all again! And watch you all ski well balanced and fast! It is going to be a great season! Remember to always come to the ski hill with your body warmed up before you start skiing. To have the best chance to ski your best and to prevent injury.

See you soon.


Friday, November 18, 2011


Hi All,

This season new DVD's arrived today. They look good as usual.

Kelowna is getting a dump of snow. Around 6 cm in the city. Unusual for Kelowna. Great for the local ski hills.

Bye for now.


Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Hi all!

Happy Halloween! Makaiya is out trick or treating now with Chrissy, Tajanna and some other friends. Free candy yum!

Makaiya dressed up as a Masquerade, ghost, princess ! Chrissy did a great job dressing here up.

She also got way too much candy!

Bye for now.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

More at home work outs!

Hi again,

Getting closer to the season so it is good to do sport specific training. It is good to train your Anaerobic lactic muscle system. That is a work out in duration from 45 to 120 seconds, 3 times per week. Kind of like the length of a ski race. You could do 400m to 600m sprints. 3 to 5 sets. A good way to do it is always warm up jog and stretch first. Have a light sweat going. Then sprint one lap walk a lap to recover and repeat.

Another is try M 100's a great work out in your house again while watching tv. If you have the room to move safely that is. I tried them. Good wok out!

Saturday, October 15, 2011


Pulse ups 25 reps.

Back arches 25 reps.

Legs in and out 25 reps.

More !

Hips Roll and up 25 reps.

Scissor legs slowly 25 reps.

Side plank up and down both sides 25 reps.

Core work out pictures

Hi all,

Here area few core exercises I do. Usually while we are watching tv in the evening. It is important to do both sides of your core, stomach and back. Core is something you can train every day or every night. The reps you do will depend on your strength. Do at least 6 sets. More if possible. Push your self!

I do a plank on a wobble board first for 2 minutes to warm up my core.

Twisting side plank 25 reps each side.

Frog crunches 25.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

At home work outs


To find time to work out is challenging when we have our normal career. I some times do a work out in the am before work. Which includes interval running. ( a 40 minute run. 15 minutes slowly increasing intensity as my body warms up. I then run at 80% of full speed for One and a half minutes to two minutes. Jog till my heart rate drops then 80% again and alternate.

Another good time is after dinner. I do a core work out. I will share photos of what I do next time.

Bye for now.


Monday, October 10, 2011

Golf Frustration


I would like to continue to share my progression in my pursuit of excellence in golf. I have been still practicing fairly often. Played 2 times recently. The first game was with an old ski racing friend of mine. I really wanted to score well and beat him. I ended up trying too hard and not swinging with lag from my shoulders and wrists. I released the club too quickly. I had a really bad game and shot a 90. My worst score of the season!! I was so down because I have been practicing so much. My focus was on the wrong thing though. Just like ski racing I need to focus on my own performance and not worry about my friend or other golfers or racers.

I played this afternoon and thought about a good pre hit set up, and a simple image of my shoulders, arms and wrists being rubbery or like loose hinges. ( so I would have more lag) The image and setup worked well. Solid shots all afternoon. Shot a 76! Best score of the season. I will try the same image when I play with better players. Mental preparation is key in any sport. The more preparation in as many areas as possible is key!!

Push to get strong for the up coming ski season!!!!! Running 800m sprints 6 sets things like that will jump start you.

Bye for now.


Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sunday golf night!

I played a game of golf This Sunday afternoon. Another solid score of 78. Like I said before I have really put time in on the range. It is paying off in my scores.

Worked on my basic set up and grip. As well as the combined movements. Mental rehearsal and feeling has also been a key. Arm and wrist lag from arms and hands being relaxed. Same for skiing a good basic position is key. Upper body forward, Arms up, hips back, knees and ankles flexed forward. Strong core and legs are a must to maintain this through a ski run. Relaxed and grounded on the snow. Always contact on the snow.

Bye for now.

PS core work outs are easy to do at home. While watching tv at night! Time to really push!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

My progression in golf! Better coach?

Hi all,

I would like to share in how I have progressed this summer in my pursuit to improve in the game of golf. I am very driven to improve in a new sport. To help me be a better coach in ski racing. Yes , feel what it is like to learn new movements. When learning a new movement how I felt tense and they were unnatural. Overall to feel how you all feel in moving ahead in ski racing.

The basic position, set up and movements were taught to me by different coaches and higher level players. Although there were many subtle differences between all. Some were the same. Because of our body structure, body strength and flexibility sometimes the setup is different. To have the best chance to perform continue to work on body strength and also flexibility. I see many players unable to setup properly because of weak core strength and flexibility. Same in Ski racing. We need a strong core to be in a athletic position on our skis. Strong legs to compact our shins on the tongue of our boots, to bend our skis. Strong upper body to pull out of the start quickly. If you are not strong in those areas you will have a huge disadvantage. YOU will not be able to even have the basic set up on your skis.

Oh, back to golf. I have put in hours on the driving range. I wish I would have used video more. When I did use it I always saw something new. I felt good but when I saw my video it was so depressing. I looked completely different than how I felt. Releasing the club too quickly, a short back swing for example. Video is a great tool.

Another point is that sometimes I sucked! It really was hard on me. I just kept going though. More time , more practice, more video. But, practice doing the right things. Just don't repeat the same wrong movement. Check video, check in with your coach.

As for my scores. I did not play a lot of golf games. More practice than any thing. At the beginning of the season I was shooting around 85. My last round I shot a 77. before that a few 9 hole rounds. a 39, 40 and a 39. I feel a have made a huge improvement.

It is getting closer to the ski season. The time to really push on body strength and flexibility. Do your best!

More later.


Thursday, September 08, 2011

Home stay student from Japan

Last week we hosted a Japanese student from Sanno college, Tokyo. Yasuhara Risa is her name. She was very nice and enjoyed our time together very much. I believe we were able to show her kelowna's life style in the week she stayed here. I was able to practice Japanese with her too. Her English is quite good and was picked to speak for her class at the graduation.

Day on the lake

We were invited by my friends the Walthers to go boating with them on Okanagan lake. It was a great day. We thank the Walthers family very much for sharing their boat and time with us.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Hike to Pine needle rock

Hi All,

On my way back from Vancouver Tajanna, Seb, and I hiked to Pine needle rock from the high way. It was fun!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Score board!

Hi all,

The pictures are of the score board from the Kelowna Open. Looks like I finished around 40th out of 175 or so. I look forward to entering in more.

Bye for now.


Sunday, August 14, 2011

My First Amateur golf tournament

Hi all,

This past weekend I played in the Kelowna Open. My first tournament. I was very nervous first day. I did have a game plan starting hours before, warming up, running, stretching, light core work out, driving range. I was unable to really follow through with my plan. I was so tight, so my body movements were not timed. I shot a gros score of 87. Net score of 76. Today I was much better. I did the same warm up. Off the first tee I was more relaxed. Gros score 82 ,net 71! I also hit the pin on a par 3 missing a hole in 1 by 10cm!!!!!! I would have won $5000, if it went in. Bummer. It was an easy birdy though.

Makaiya was my caddy! She cleaned my clubs after each shot, and ball on the greens. She also helped me align my putts after I picked the target. She was awesome. Helped me make a lot of putts!

A great experience! Helps me feel how you guys and girls feel when you go into race. I look forward to entering more next year.

Bye for now.


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Iron Chef Chrissy vs Iron Chef Doug


One night, last week Chrissy and I had some fresh Halibut fish. We could not agree how to cook it so we decided to split the fish and cook it separately. We had so much fun! Chrissy used a curry sauce. Iron Chef Doug a smokey flavored cream sauce. Both served over whole wheat pasta. Our cooking panel picked mine of course! Hee Hee! As many of you know Chrissy is an excellent cook so I maybe twisting the truth a little!

36 holes of golf

July has been great weather here in Kelowna. Sunny and hot! We have had many visitors stay with us. Last week Chrissy's sister and family arrived. They are still here. I took my brother in law to a golf course called The Rise. It is located out side of Vernon. From Monday to Thursday have offer unlimited golf with a cart for $75. We played 36 holes with no rest. We were tired but it was such a fun day!

Bye for now.


Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Day on Okanagan lake

Good morning,

Monday was a holiday for us in Canada. We were lucky because the weather was very nice! An old friend also invited us to go boating with them for the day. It was very relaxing. Chrissy and I were really surprised at some of the homes built lake side. Most impressive. I did manage to get a great sun burn on most of my body. Ouch!

Bye for now.


Saturday, July 30, 2011

Asian dinner with friends!

Hi All,

Summer is definitely here in Kelowna. 30 Celsius today.

Chrissy and I had some old friends over. We made gyoza, , and Chinese sumai. For Desert I made blue berry gyoza, with ice cream and mix berry liquor. All was very tasty!

Tomorrow we are going kayaking in a lake close to kelowna. I will show you pictures later.

The beer is from Alberta. My brother in law brought it for me. $1 per can. Very cheap!

Bye for now.


Sunday, July 17, 2011

Congratulations to Japan Womans soccer!

What an exciting Womans World Cup final! Makaiya her cousins and I watch the game. Exciting right to the end. Congratulations to all of Japan. Great news for a Country that has had so many challenges in the past few months!

We all look forward to more great things for Japan in the near future!

Doug and Family!

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Sunday hike!


It has been a great weekend. Spent yesterday with my brother and his family at their house. Today we spent the day with Chrissy's sister. In the morning we went for a hike up Knox mt.( A small mountain in Kelowna city limits ) I carried a 15.9kg plate in my big Rossiginol pack. That was a good work out! It took us 45 minutes up! Tonight I am going to play 9 holes of golf. I will let you know later how it goes.

Bye for now.