First weekend of competitions in Kuusamo have come to a close. For a first weekend it was sure a crazy one. We had to contend with a variety of weather conditions from snow to rain, strong winds and warm and wet icy snow. With no training jumps on the hill it definitely added some challenges to an already challenging event. I was able to over come most of the challenges. Of course this weekend was not kink free and I did have to work through them. The first day of competition we had was comprised to a provisional jump as well as a comp jump. As these two jumps also happened to be our 2nd and 3rd jump on the hill. My provisional was not my best jump but was good enough to put me in 25th position to start the race. My comp jump was significantly better placing me in 11th place starting the race.
The races were quite the opposite however. The first race was off the comp jump on friday. I was starting in 11th and hoping to move up. On the second lap my pole was stepped on spinning me around and putting me in to a panic. I had to work very hard to chase back onto the group. By the time I was back with the group I had used up all my energy and blew up. Falling back to 18th place.
Day two went a lot better on the race course. We race off our provisional jump competition which meant I was starting in 25th place and had to work my way up. I skied a lot smarter and felt a million times better then the day before. I went from skiing the 34th fastest time in the first race to skiing the 12th fastest time. Much better and because of this I moved from 25th up to 20th place. I was very happy to be inside the top 20 again. As my goal for the season to be top 20 average though out the season!
Next weekend we head to Lillehammer, NO for the second competitions of the season! I am looking forward to improving my results there!
With my desire to go out and roller ski dwindling and my itch for snow getting stronger I know winter is coming. In Park City, we have had a lack of natural snow the last few weeks. However that has been made up for in snow making in most areas. The temps so far this fall have been fairly decent for snow making. The hill crews at the jumps only have a few more days of work before the hill will be ready. We are hoping to be on snow by late next week.
As the new equipment for the season roles in it means only one thing, "prep work" most of this week for me has been preparing skis, cutting poles and trying the new jackets, pants, etc. Nothing worse then packing all your new gear up for the first time and getting to the competitions only to discover that it doesn't fit or has not been set up properly. So check and double check always ensures I am good to go.
This week of training has been relatively easy compared to the last month. When I last updated we were on an intensity block starting in Chicago and ending in Lake Placid, NY. Since our return to Park City, UT our team has been packing in the volume. With all the time in the day pretty much spent on skis, bikes, or running. If you follow my Twitter account you may have seen some of the workouts I have done. I have been posting them up on Twitter occasionally now that I have a GPS it is really easy for people to see where we went and what kind of training it was. The GPS is really cool simply because it maps everything, shows speeds, distance, and everything else in between. If you dont follow me on Twitter click the link on the side of this blog and it will take you right there!
Next week is our last week of hard training before we take off for Kuusamo. I couldn't be more excite to get over there. From everything I have heard Kuusamo is warm this year which will be in interesting change from the normal -35 degrees Celsius. However with warmer temps suddenly snow and wind becomes a problem so we will see what kind of mix we end up getting over there. Regardless of the weather, the team and I will be prepared. I think our team has put in some serious work this summer, now its time to capitalize on what we set out to do. So stay tuned for more frequent updates this winter. I will be updating every weekend with results and quick synopsis's of our comps. Until then I will be putting the final touches on my training and gear!