Nordic Combined Athlete
Jumping Farther, Skiing Faster
I am back home in warm and sunny Utah for the week. It's quite a different feeling then the cold of Lillehammer and Kuusamo. In some sick way I kind of miss it. It felt like the winters I used to remember as a kid. Either way its very nice to be home and re group and head into Ramsau next week. Lillehammer went well, I was 26th the second day of competition. I am happy with my first period scoring points in 2 out of 4 comps is a good result for me. However I am not forgetting the fact that my goals are set higher and I know I can do better. The competitions were very hard some of the hardest I have ever been in. Everyone is jumping well and skiing fast, which makes it very easy to screw up. Everyone has to ski smart and at their own level other wise you risk blowing up in the race or on the jump hill. We call it skiing smart, however it feels more like trying to survive the challenges. First period was a very good experience for me this year, it opened my eyes to how simple or how hard scoring points can be. I feel like I am in an even better place now then when I started. I now know that my jumps in training on a good day can be in the top 10 on world cup. I also know that even my worst jumps are still better then years before. In a way its relaxing to know that even if you screw up its not the end of the competition. Unlike previous years where if my jump was not perfect I had no chance. So in a nutshell I have work to do but I now have a confidence that I can accomplish what my goals are and I can be a top 30 skier every weekend.
We are heading to Ramsau, Austria next monday. My goals are to continue what I have been doing. A successful trip for me will be scoring points both days. In training this week I will be trying to work out a few kinks on the jump hill, and focusing on recovery in the the cross country. The better rested I am the better I will perform over there. Stay tuned for updates throughout the week leading up and through the comps!