Nutrition on the Mountain. FOR Snowboarders.

Nutrition on the Mountain. FOR Snowboarders.

Day in the Life of What I eat when I am out riding on the mountain or training in the gym.

Breakfast

Breakfast is key in my opinion and my favourite part of the day, often I will ride the majority of the session without stopping for 4 hours. Same goes when I am back in the UK training. Fuelling in the morning would include some form of carbs,  My go to breakfast if I have time is Gluten Free Waffles, a healthy treat before training. My favourite are from The Good Life Eatery in London. Topped with some fresh fruit, and either Greek yoghurt for protein or Coconut yoghurt.

Good Life Eatery WAFFLES.

Good Life Eatery WAFFLES.

WHEN I am on the mountain pre contest, porridge with Almond Milk, throw some fruit on top, berries, half a banana and a hand full of nuts or a dollop of nut butter for protein. I stay away from the syrup and sweeten it with all kinds of fruit. When your short for time you cannot beat a porridge pot, my favourite are the Rude Health ones.

On lighter training day’s when I am not on snow, I start my days with 2 whole eggs and 2 egg whites, mixed with any veg I can find, mushrooms, spinach and tomatoes are a go to! With half an Avocado to top it off! 

When I am travelling I tend to avoid eggs unless they are poached or boiled, in some foreign countries particularly in the US the eggs are powdered so I avoid that. 

Mid Morning Snack - When I am on hill it's key to stay fuelled, a tube of Wyldsson nuts or a Pink Lady Apple. Bananas are also a good one, they are cheap and you can get them anywhere.

Lunch - If I have had a long day on the mountain, I would go for a bigger lunch then dinner to refuel before the next session. I normally ride till early afternoon then hit the gym, so a solid lunch in between is key for me. 

Sweet Potato, With Tuna and some veggies, it’s an easy and quick go to when you don’t have a lot of time, Tuna you can get anywhere and it’s safe in terms of you can’t really go wrong with it! Pop a tin and you are off.

Afternoon snack - either a handful of nuts, carrot / pepper / cucumber sticks with Hummus or a nut butter sachet from Pip + Nut, orrrrrrr the favourite Greek Yoghurt with Berries.

Dinner - My favourite would be some form of Veggie stir fry with some lean meat, either Chicken, Turkey or Fish. Using either Soy / Pesto for the sauce. I cook in Coconut Oil my favourite is LucyBee! 

My favourite go to at the minute is a version of Chicken Tikka, using Greek yoghurt as the base of the sauce, I love to load it up with a ton of veggies, fresh tomatoes, onions and spinach on a bed of Cauliflower rice. If you have a big session the next day, I'd carb up either with Brown Rice for the Curry or............ Sweet Potato Nachos is a good one, I make a healthier version using sliced Sweet Potato, BBQ spiced chicken, a ton of veggies, peppers, onion and layer it up with black beans and top it with Feta! 

Healthier take on Nachos. My Sweet Potato ones.

Healthier take on Nachos. My Sweet Potato ones.

AND THEN off course... a treat is always key after a hard week on the slopes! I'll leave it up to you on the treat front haha ;)

British Champion. Big Air + Slopestyle.

British Champion. Big Air + Slopestyle.

After the Czech Republic, I headed back to Belfast for some time to recoup before the next mission! It was really great to head home and receive some amazing support from the local media after my recent success in the World Cup Tour.

Aimee county down spectator

I headed into the studio to catch up with the gang at Cool Fm

https://planetradio.co.uk/cool-fm/sport/news/snow-stopper-aimee-right-track-another-winter-olympics/

before flying back to London to meet up with the rest of the Tough Mudder crew to film for 2 days for our exciting TV project that is in the works. Judo, Boxing and Rock climbing are just a few to name from the activities we got up to over the weekend! 

After a hectic weekend a caught up with the guys from Jeep UK for a photo shoot with Rach Atherton and Andrew Cotton! The Renegade crew. It's been a while since we all got together so was nice to hang with them on set whilst we created some content around the beast... THE RENEGADE.

Renegade.

LAAX was on the cards next!!!!!!!!!! The resort nestled in the heart of Switzerland, home to theThe British Ski and Snowboard Championships. The First day was the Slopestyle and I was delighted to put a run down, that put me through to the Super Finals to clinch the British Slopestyle Champion Tittle.

British Champion

The best thing about the event for me was seeing the talent in the UK and riding with the rest of the girls, from the younger riders like Mia Brooks and Cerys Allen to the UK Armed forces out representing it was a mega day and it's safe to say the future of British Snowboarding looks good.

On Wednesday it was a chill day for me, I missed the boarder cross and linked up with Mark Rupo from Single Cask productions to make the best of a bad weather day and film this How To front Flip! Give it a try ;)

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Day 3 was the Big Air. Again a strong turn out for the ladies, I was impressed by Cerys Allen, she's also a Snow Centre rider, so to see her take her tricks from the dome to the mountain was super impressive, starting off with a Front 3, she progressed through to a 5 and then stomped a mega Frontside 7 on the medium jump! IMPRESSIVE. Big ups to all the females who got out there and represented. I had a blast riding with you all and was super happy to take home the Win in the Big Air and Slopestyle. 

The Brits Big Air Finals crew.

The Brits Big Air Finals crew.

WORLD CUP Finals Czech Republic.

WORLD CUP Finals Czech Republic.

FROM the World Champs where I landed my first Cab Double in competition, a new trick for me! I was feeling on good form and ready for the last World Cup of the season.

Photo - Chanelle Sladics. All Smiles for the World Cup Finals.

Photo - Chanelle Sladics. All Smiles for the World Cup Finals.

From Absolut Park, Austria, I drove with Jamie Nicholls to the Czech Republic for the FINAL World Cup of the season. It’s actually been mad! I don’t think I have ever done so many contests, the first one being the Milano Big Air in November! It’s been a long, fun and progressive winter for me.

8.5 hours later we arrived into the small, and sleepy town by week and party town come the weekend, Špindlerův Mlýn. Located in the in the Krkonoše mountain range 2 hours from Prague and 20 minutes from the Polish boarder, it is the heart and home to Czech Skiing and Snowboarding.

Czech! A rail heavy course. Switch Boarslide on the first feature. Photo - David Bucek

Czech! A rail heavy course. Switch Boarslide on the first feature. Photo - David Bucek

First off , it was qualification on Friday! I was absolutely chuffed to qualify 2nd in my heat, this put me direct to the 6 Women Finals. I couldn’t have asked for more in the last event of the season. However, not happy with 6th position, it was all to play for in the Finals on Saturday.

With a warm weather front, the course was in premium condition and the crowd was buzzing. The Czech fans certainly know how to get the good vibes going, from the music to all of the locals lining the bottom of the course cheering, the final was stacked… and yes with ;) Brits. Jamie Nicholls and Rowan Coultas representing for the Men, and Matt McCormick with a solid semi final result. 

Below is my qualification run from Friday! Still trying to source my final run, but enjoy watching the quali for now!

Finals for me, was all about going big, and I went a little too big on my first run, I put my 2nd run down, which gave me a score of 73.24. Chuffed with my score I moved into 3rd position, but not for long! Finishing the Finals in 4th position, 0.16 of a point behind 3rd place. I have to admit I was a little gutted, however I am so happy to finish the World Cup season in a strong position, a solid result on the board, this put me into 5th position, finishing the season in 5th Place in the World Slopestyle Rankings! 

That 4th place CHEEZER!

That 4th place CHEEZER!

Jamie Nicholls bossed it, and put a run down including a cab 1440, which gave him the 3rd spot! So a big shout out to him.

The Brit strong crew. Semi's for Matt and Finals for Me, Rowan Coultas and Jamie Nicholls.

The Brit strong crew. Semi's for Matt and Finals for Me, Rowan Coultas and Jamie Nicholls.

Back Rodeo on the hip. Photo - David Bucek

Back Rodeo on the hip. Photo - David Bucek

So that’s the World Cup season in the bag, now onto some filming, slush riding and the British Championships.

Thank you to everyone for all of your support throughout the contests, it’s for sure been a great contest season and one to build on for next year! PEACE out CZECH! Can’t wait to head home to see my Momma! A 6.50 am from flight to London and then back to Belfast to regroup for a couple of days!

HAPPY MOTHER’s DAY for all you MUMMA’s out there. Hope you had a great day. BIG love.

Me + my Mumma

Aimee

xx

Quebec . NEW SPONSOR . Absolut Park shred.

Quebec . NEW SPONSOR . Absolut Park shred.

I have been a little quiet since the Californian US Grand Prix Qualifier, but all for good reasons! The Big news in! Really excited to announce I am now officially partnered with JEEP UK!! Wohoooo.

New JEEP Hemet.

How do you like my new Roxy / Jeep collab Image Custom designs Helmet? 

Since my last blog, I have been to Canada for the WC Big Air and Slopestyle Olympic qualification events, where I secured a top 5 placing in the FIS Super Series World Cup Big Air Final Tour rankings! 

HERE'S ME in action in the Big Air! Photo - Sam Mellish

HERE'S ME in action in the Big Air! Photo - Sam Mellish

A unique setting for the Big Air in-between a motorway! 

A unique setting for the Big Air in-between a motorway! 

I teamed up with The Snow Centre and Jamie Nicholls after a very cold day on the hill to bring you this little cool down session :) give it a try next time you ride! 

Happy to leave the -25 Quebec weather I have spent the last 10 days based out of Absolut Park in Flachauwinkl, Austria. I have to say it was so good to stay in one spot and just ride for myself :) The park there is mega, just 45 minutes from Salzburg. I spent a couple of days shooting for next Winter’s 17/18 Roxy outerwear, the new gear looks so fresh! and we got some awesome photos.

A little pow turn in some of the freshies at Absolut Park

A little pow turn in some of the freshies at Absolut Park

Also make sure you stay tuned, as I have some more exciting news, which I am currently working on! However…I can’t tell you yet, but I can’t wait to share it with you :) I’ll give you a clue i've been in Penrith for 24 hours…

The crew in The Lake District. Can you name all these Olympians? 

The crew in The Lake District. Can you name all these Olympians? 

NOW I will link up with the rest of Team GB as we head to Spain to compete in the World Championships this week! Wohooo.

Mammoth. FINALS. WIND boarding + A TOP 5 at the World Cup.

Mammoth. FINALS. WIND boarding + A TOP 5 at the World Cup.

Mammoth Mtn US Grand Prix.

Straight from Italy, we jetted to LA.. BABY! Yes it was 70 degrees, and we woke up in the mecca that is Venice Beach, ate buckwheat pancakes, drank Almond Lattes in a classic LA Vegan hippy joint… ON POINT. haha. As much as I would have loved to stay at the beach in the sunshine there was a mission to be had. We set off first thing on our 6 hour road trip up to the Sierra Nevada Mountain range.

Pancakes LA style.

Pancakes LA style.

Shop fronts.

Shop fronts.

Mammoth Mountain, it’s one of those that when it’s good, there isn’t anywhere better. Blue sky and that California sunshine. Day 1 + 2 of practice were premium. Mid Winter, end of Jan and it’s +8 on the mountain, with the deepest base of snow Mammoth has seen in over 25 years.

Driving into Mammoth town itself was insane, the whole town practically buried under 10 foot of snow. You literally couldn’t even find your way around the town as every entrance to each store, petrol station, or restaurant was covered or buried under snow banks! I don’t think I have ever been anywhere and seen so much snow! 

MAMMOTH. Yes my room is buried under this pile of snow.

MAMMOTH. Yes my room is buried under this pile of snow.

So the practice was good, however due to the new monthly record amount of snowfall, 246 inches since Jan 1st. The Gondola was so close to the jumps they had to close it because of incoming snowboarders reaching heights too close. 

When the jumps to close to the Gondola! 

When the jumps to close to the Gondola! 

The quals, wasn’t so hot, with high winds and intermittent wind gusts howling down the course it was a little sketchy, after practice the winds dropped a little and the contest kick-started. I landed my first run with a little blip on the first rail, so it was time to clean things up for the 2nd run. I landed my run, taking a score of 79.00 which put me through 3rd in my heat behind Jamie Anderson and Julia Marino. 

Qualifying in 3rd through to the finals.

Qualifying in 3rd through to the finals.

With wind gusts reaching 100MPH at the peak on Friday, Finals day was cancelled and postponed untill Saturday. Saturday was the same deal, we headed up the mountain, with more wind, more snow, it kept getting pushed back and back, which meant Saturday was a write-off.  With the event on the verge of being cancelled they decided to give it one last shot. 

SUNDAY - it was game day, with a little less wind, and some flat light, the comp was all go. Practice kicked off at 8AM, with 30 minutes of training we dropped in at 8.45. Despite the conditions the girls killed it,  was really happy to walk away with another Top 5 Final result, which puts me in great stead for the Olympic Qualifying process. 

Taking home top 5 at the US Grand Prix! :D

Taking home top 5 at the US Grand Prix! :D

ROAD trip, back down to LA in the Jeep. Thanks to GB Park and Pipe and Hertz for looking after us on the road!

ROAD trip, back down to LA in the Jeep. Thanks to GB Park and Pipe and Hertz for looking after us on the road!

On the road again!

Next stop is Canada. Right now I am sat in the back of the Jeep jetting towards LAX airport. Monday we fly on the next stop on the tour. Quebec City for the FIS World Cup Big Air and Slopestyle event. I’ve never done 2 events in one week, it’s going to be heavy! Bring it on :)