Getting into the vibe for tomorrow's BBC News 07.35am interview talking about my Sochi Olympic Experience - it fit me a little better last time i wore it!!!
Less of a dash more of a 5km waddle but a fab #santasdash for the great charity @GreatOrmondSt #8monthspregnant
7 hours left to enter #ChemmysChristmasComp
Draw closes tonight at midnight. So easy to enter - retweet, like or share this post (then cross your fingers and wait as winners will be selected TOMORROW!!)
I have already mentioned the wonderful Chel-Ski prize (and chance to be coached by me) and the very generous The Lakes Distillery experience. But don't forget you will also win a fabulous ski outfit and be kitted out with awesome Jack Wolfskin stash, alongside one of the most important aspects of your winter, a GOLD Annual Winter Sports Travel Insurance Package curtesy of the amazing Columbus Direct
So easy to enter - retweet, like or share this post (then cross your fingers!!)
Far from my best result, but a photo full of huge emotion and happiness. (Photo Cred Kelly VanderBeek) My first race back and world cup points and Olympic qualification achieved on the very piste that threatened to end my career 2nd Dec 2010. It is a track so special to me in Lake Louise and I am delighted to be working with Eurosport to bring you all the action of the Women's 3 Day Race weekend starting on Eurosport International tonight and tomorrow (Friday and Sat) LIVE at 19.15 GMT " viewers can watch on the Eurosport Player, and highlights will be shown on 10pm GMT on E2 on Friday, and 10:30pm GMT on E2 on Saturday. Happy racing and bring on the Speed Demons!
Only 5 days to go to enter #ChemmysChristmasComp
Today's spotlight is on the fabulous, luxurious The Lakes Distillery who I have been an Ambassador for since my retirement. They even named the stunning copper still that makes their incredible Gin, Chemmy after yours truly!!
Just by retweeting, favouriting, liking or sharing my posts you will be in the draw to win a bunch of amazing prizes from many of my sponsors and supporters.
INCLUDING an award winning tour and lunch at The Lakes Distillery 's Michelin Guide Bistro with a night at the nearby 4-star boutique Trout Hotel in Cockermouth -Dinner, bed and breakfast-transport provided. Dates are subject to availability.
Some more info:
What a prize! Thanks Guys
Today marks the start of the one weekend in the year where we spend hours shopping online and queuing outside shops to hunt for the best deals in the shopping frenzy known as #BlackFriday. But did you know that next Tuesday (Nov 29th) is #GivingTuesday?
#GivingTuesday is a worldwide initiative that encourages everyone to show their support for their favourite charity on one day, straight after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and I'll be supporting the charity I am patron for: Snow-Camp!
Snow-Camp makes winter sports accessible to a whole new audience of young people who never thought that they would have the opportunity to learn how to ski or snowboard. I have always strived to make skiing available to all and Snow-Camp is really achieving that by working with inner-city young people at artificial slopes in the UK. Not only do the young people learn a new sport but they also work towards nationally recognised qualifications too!
If you buy one less toy or one less item of clothing this weekend and donate the money to Snow-Camp instead, it could really make a huge difference and this is one charity definitely worth supporting!
Donate here: www.everydayhero.co.uk/event/snowcampcharity
Like their page here: www.facebook.com/SnowCampCharity/
#ChemmysChristmasComp is really gathering momentum. Every few days I will be doing a Facebook prize description.
Today's highlight is on my newest Sponsor/Ambassador role with Chel-Ski - aka London's Best Urban Mountain.
From the first time I saw the architectural alpine masterpiece in the heart of south west london I loved the place. I went as a customer looking for somewhere to develop my niece's passion for the skiing whilst she was at home away from mountains. Seeing her confidence explode as she used the mirror at the base of the slope to improve her body position whilst being directed by her supportive, friendly and knowledgable instructor showed me the power of the huge rotating treadmill.
I was really keen to come on board as an Ambassador to support and highlight this great indoor ski centre, so I am really thankful that this opportunity to ski at Chel-Ski with me as your coach is something that YOU could win in this Christmas Comp.
Some competition info:
Chel-Ski is London's newest and largest indoor ski centre - located right in the heart of Chelsea - that opened its doors in December 2015. Chel-Ski offers a fun, safe and controlled environment where you can take your very first steps into the fun-fuelled world of skiing and snowboarding or brush up on existing skills. Chel-Ski offers superb facilities including the very best hi-tech slopes " revolving astro turf mats " that can be adjusted in terms of angle and speed.
The prize includes use of one slope for one hour, tuition and supervision provided by Chemmy herself, and supply of boots, skis / snowboards and helmets.
Don't forget to retweet and favourite on twitter and like and share on facebook with a chance to be in with a chance to win these amazing prizes.
EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT: Retweet and like this tweet for a chance to win some amazing prizes from my wonderful sponsors! #ChemmysChristmasComp
Loving my Jack Wolfskin 6 months pregnant ski photoshoot. Again tying in with the fab interview I did today with http://www.themixedzone.co.uk/yes-can-sport-pregnancy/
Blue or Pink?
We chose to find out the sex of our baby during our 20 week scan. Normally we love surprises but because of the nature of when I am due and the fact that Dougie will be away running our ski camps for 2 weeks before and a week after, discovering the sex of the baby was something we wanted to enjoy together. It was slightly worrying as after saying yes we wanted to know the reply was 'I think it is a boy' we both slightly apprehensively looked at each other and I replied "you think?" (I have heard they can wrongly say it would be a girl when it comes out as a boy but not the other way round!) Luckily we were told with a giggle that the 'think' part came from the fact that his hand was between his legs covering his boy parts haha. I totally welled up as being the youngest of three with two older brothers, I was hoping secretly for a boy, whereas Dougie was much more impartial (in fact he slightly had hoped for a girl because I have two gorgeous nieces who are so in love with him!!) Anyhow as every parent says there are so many health worries that in the end you just want a happy, healthy baby and fingers crossed, so far, it looks like we do. (It certainly feels like it all night as he disco dances in my tummy!!)
We had thought that finding out at 20 weeks would have given us enough time to find a boys name we love but it hasn't been that easy! We both love unique, different names but have struggled to find the balance of making sure they aren't too odd or difficult to spell or pronounce! But we have to decide soon - Dougie is away pretty much from the 17th November until the 9th Jan (I am due on 1st Jan) and after the birth we need to head out to the mountains as soon as possible so that i can resume my work for BBC Ski Sunday so we don't have the luxury of waiting to get to know our baby before we name him. (Already I have tried to make waves with the Kingtson Birth Certificate Office to attempt and quicken his birth certificate as I heard it can take up to two weeks and we need that before he gets his passport so we are under a slight time restraint!!)
Whilst most 30 week pregnant couples are putting the finishing touches on their nurseries we have recently moved out of our house for some much needed renovations so I am moving in with my brother whilst Dougie is away and really just trying to mentally design a portable nursery for the baby for whatever country or hotel room he will live in until Spring next year!!
I think i should probably start slowing down soon.I am writing this from our team (CDC Performance) hotel up the mountain in Austria so haven't been able to quite yet!! Although this time because of the high altitude Dougie made the sensible decision not to let me ski - i put my skis in the car three times and all three times he took them out before we left! I have been so lucky that so far - except from struggling to put my shoes on - I have been able to stay as active as ever and actually recently although my bump is getting quite big now, my rib pains that i had during the 2nd trimester have all gone. I feel like the baby is already trying to prepare us however for sleepless nights because all day whilst i am working he is serene and then at night he comes alive! But secretly (although I am quite tired) I enjoy watching all the movements and rollings going on in my tummy!
After this camp when I won't be travelling as much - just working on the Ski World Cup commentating for Eurosport - actually right up to my 39th week - won't that be interesting if my waters break live on air!!
Thanks HELLO! for sharing our new news!
Please enjoy my first Mum2Be Blog (10 weeks to go!)
Snow(wo)man to SnowMUM
Some changes in life are inevitable - we grow older and wiser. We start using expressions such as 'back in my day'. We notice physical changes - our bodies ache, we lose our hair.
Personally most of my changes and deviations from my life plan have been unexpected and uncontrollable. Being a ski racer who hurtled herself down mountains at 92mph I always knew crashes and injuries were inevitable when I was pushing myself to my limits. But still in those fractions of a second preceding the impact of a fall, when everything slows and you have a serene quietness in focus to think 'how can i protect myself as much as possible', you have to fight the shock of this not being the plan.
My biggest life change to date was my seemingly healthy and vivacious mum passing away when I was 23. A similar but far more longer lasting shock than that of a huge crash. Mentally people ask me how i came back again and again from injury but for me mentally this was never a challenge because of how strong I found myself becoming after my mother dying.
Sometimes I think it is better to not know when your life is going to change. You live and enjoy the present so much more when you don't know what is going to happen in your future.
In 70 days my life is going to change beyond my wildest dreams.
For 23 years I was Chemmy the Ski Racer.
For 2 years I have been Chemmy the Coach, business woman, motivational speaker and BBC Ski Sunday Presenter.
And in around 10 weeks I will be Chemmy the mother.
Physically, obviously, with my large rounded belly, this change has been building for some time. For around 8 months give or take, you are acutely aware that your life is about to change for ever. How do you as a first time mother and father prepare for this?
I may sound selfish - but I don't want to lose my identity - I want to build on the person I was and the person I am now. I want to give all my heart to our baby knowing that I am the mother but also maintaining who I am too.
Sometimes in the last few months - as I set courses high up the mountain in NZ for the athletes I coach and spend hours on the hill giving radio feedback and comments, it comes as a shock to look down at the end of the day to see this incredible feat of nature developing inside me. I feel amazed at all the things I can still do whilst growing another little human.
I know I have been lucky during this pregnancy. Many friends of mine didn't have to rely on the ever developing visual roundness of their tummy to remind them of their impending motherhood. They knew from the hours spent staring uncomfortably down the barrel of a toilet whilst their nausea took over.
I find myself stroking my tummy all the time - as I type away in the office every day it is hard to ignore now as it almost hangs over the space bar on my laptop! Others tell me the baby is already going to be a vivacious soul as it rests peacefully all day but keeps me awake dancing all night. (But being a first time mum I am actually quite joyful when I feel all the midnightly movements reminding me that our baby is healthy and active)
I have no clue how we will sustain our lives. Already so busy with rarely a time for us as a couple (any of you who run a business with your other half know what i mean) I wonder regularly how we will cope with a baby. But cope and excel we will, if with far more wrinkles and bags under our tired eyes!!!
I have always loved a challenge. And I know deep down that nothing I have ever faced will prepare me for being a mother. This time, however, the unknown excites and thrills me and I can't wait to meet our mini us - Chougie!
I leave you with how I started - as Dougie and I prepare to join a world unknown to us, I feel this quote is rather apt:
There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don't know we don't know. Donald Rumsfeld