Nordic Combined Athlete
Jumping Farther, Skiing Faster
Well our first event is over and I have to say for me the cup is half full. My jumping was on and I was very happy with my jumping results. However my optimism and hope of being able to race into the top 10 was quickly diminished at the half way point through the race. I was feeling great sitting comfortable in 10th place, which was the same as my jumping result. Going onto the third lap my legs started to feel the burn and I hit the wall. I was trying to hang on since I was still in striking distance of the top 10. However with the snowy conditions and the fog I had some troubles seeing on the down hill. Mid third lap I went to adjust my glasses and my lapse of focus cause me to take the wrong line on a corner and I caught the tip of my ski in some loose snow and fell. I got up as quick as I could but I had lost the group and being that I was already spent from trying to just hang onto the group, I could not make up the time. So the rest of the lap I skied the pace I could hold and then the fourth lap I was able to recover and ski a little bit harder again going into the finish.
I was definitely frustrated, who wouldn't be, but over all I am happy for a couple of reasons. One now I know I am capable of putting together some great jumps and two I know that I can only get better from here. If that was my worst race of the Championships then I am ok with that. I am however bummed that I couldn't take advantage of my opportunity the way I wanted. My coach always says, "big trees grow slowly." and I am a believer in that statement. I have made big strides this season and yet I still have a lot of experience to gain especially when it comes to racing with the top guys. I have to learn the games they play as well as how to control myself in those moments.
Overall I am looking forward to tomorrow and our chances in the team event. Everyone on our team is capable of putting down a solid jump and if we can get that right then our chances in the XC are more then good. So I will have my game face on again tomorrow on the jump hill and the XC course I will put the hammer down harder then I ever have before.