Yesterday I cooked up a storm at the annual Main Dish Burger Cook-off for the Ronald McDonald house! I was on "Team Notorious TMD" with Olympian and all-around great guy Chris Spring, Carly Weasel Child the 2014 Stampede Indian Princess, and a trio of Main Dish rockstars Connor, Shae, and Rafa!
Of course Master Chef, Raf put together a winning combination of three types of meats and TWO secret sauces! Our burger entailed a blackened beef patty, pulled pork, and maple-pepper bacon! We drizzled the two sauces right onto bun, got some fresh arugula and roma tomatoes and sprinkled on some crunchy grilled onions to finish it off.
There was some stuff competition with other Winter Olympians and Calgary Stampeders taking part but at the end of the day we won the People's Choice award selling more than a hundred burgers than the next closest competitor!!
It was such a great day and I was so lucky to take part in my first event with my first official sponsor, the Main Dish. This a great restaurant located in the heart of Bridgeland. They do an insane stuffed French toast for brunch on weekends but what will really be an essential asset to my training is the delicious take-away that will allow me more time to train, focus on recovery and of course, keep my eyes on the prize!!!
For the past month it feels like I have woken up with my heart racing in preparation for this past weekend's events. Even in the days following, I still was coming down off of the incredible high of earning my spot to once again represent Canada this upcoming summer at another major games and senior world championships.
Going into the weekend I was so lucky to be surrounded by such positivity and everything really came together. I performed well and really took the first step towards achieving my big goals for this summer season!
I won the Canadian national championships in a thrilling fashion 14-3 over my teammate and competitor Leah Callahan however it was a very hard fought match. A huge reason for my success is the tough training environment we push ourselves in everyday. Coaching played a huge role and of course, I wouldn't be as fit as I am, mentally and physically without my rockstar training group and strength coach, Mac Read.
You may re-call last year, I slept in and almost missed my wrestle-off attributing that slight mishap to a joint error on myself and my best friend Jasmine Mian's parts. Well this year I am proud to announce she will also be joining me on the World Team beating former World Champion Jessie MacDonald to come away with the win! Ever since we roomed together on our first national team trip when we were 15 years old... we have been there for eachother for the big wins and the crushing losses. In wrestling, you get it all and now to take this summer's journey with her will only make it that much sweeter at the end!
You may be wondering.... so I won! Now what..... well this summer will be jam-packed with events from early June to end of September culminating in the Senior World Championships in Uzbekistan!
A major highlight I am looking forward to will be representing Canada at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland at the end of July.
My goals for the upcoming season are to win the Commonwealth Games and podium at the World Championships. I know these are realistic and challenging and I hope you will stay along for the ride! In the upcoming weeks I will be launching some exciting ventures so please stay tuned and keep #Bewiebing!
Erica Wiebe is a Canadian freestyle wrestler and Bachelor of Arts student at the University of Calgary. Her passion for wrestling and writing combine in the words of this blog, sprinkled with a strong opinion on certain matters and a hint of feminist thrown in for good measure.