Tik toc, tik toc...the season seems to be clicking by so slow! I feel like I am on a roller coaster clicking my way to the top before starting the wild ride down. I know in only days that roller coaster will take off and I better hold onto my hat cause it's about to get wild. Wild with a two run World Cup Downhill in Zauchensee, Austria on the schedule this coming weekend, wowzers, won't that be something! I have never done a two run Downhill race before or been to Zauchensee so it will be a whole new and exciting experience for me. I have to say I was pretty sad when St. Anton was canceled...the spot of my World Cup victory and such a cool/challenging/intimidating course that I was really looking forward to testing myself against. Ah, well that is the nature of this crazy sport! Always changing with so many variables.
I am excited to get racing again, after a not so great start to the season I'm looking forward to stepping up and getting it done! Lake Louise was pretty much a total bust for me. After a training camp in Copper where I struggled much of the camp it was hard to put it all together on race day and feel like the pieces of the puzzle were even in the right puzzle box! I had some sections that ripped but individual sections of speed followed by mediocre sections never get you the results you want.
Val D' Isere was much better thankfully. Started to feel that rhythm again and was getting those puzzle pieces out of the box and sticking them together. One of the pieces that is coming into my skiing is the tecnical sections where racers can't just rely on guts and the ability to send it. You have to make those transitions and turns technically clean and fast. Surprisingly (or not so) my fastest section in Val D' Isere was that section that required less balls to the walls attitude and more finesse of making fast, clean Super-G ish turns. I'm not the same reckless racer I was five years ago and don't have the same attitude that I am indestructible and can risk everything, so it's perfect timing to be able to be finding that finesse and technique to where I don't have to be as reckless and sketchy to be fast!
It's new year full of new opportunities and possibilities and I can't wait for it to begin... It's time to saddle up for a crazy few months. Put me in coach, I'm ready to get wild!