Today was the first day of competition in Chaux Neuve. I went into the competition confident. The jumping was a good comp I was able to jump 108 meters landing myself in 24th place. In the race I was feeling good able to ski up to 13th place, however on the last lap I hit the wall and couldn't quite hang on to the pack. I fell back in a sprint to the finish to 21st place. Still I am happy with my race it was a solid race and also I am happy to be inside the top 30. Since that has been my goal all season, I am happy I am one step closer to accomplishing that goal.
Tomorrow is our last comp of this tour before world championships. So my goal is to get another result inside the top 30 and I will be a happy camper. And will head into World Championships with some confidence and excitement. So I will update again tomorrow as soon as I can after the race!
We made it to Chaux Neuve, France. Not much to do here, we do have internet however which is usually not the case. There is no snow except on the jump hill and the course! Pretty Crazy to see just a strip of now on a field.
Yesterday was our first individual comp in Seefeld. I had some good moments and some challenging moments. Thats everyday racing for ya though. I jumped to 14th place, and went into the cross country 1:32 seconds behind Jason-Lamy Chappuis. I didn't have the legs I was hoping for throughout the race, combine that with two falls and it was hard to move up. I ended up 28th place. I am happy to stay in the top 30. My goal for the season was consistent top 30 results. And I am doing just that. So From here I am going into today's competition with the same goals. I am going to put together another good jump and see if I cant get it together on the course for a little better finish. Today is going to be another tough condition day. Since it was so warm here the past week, and it turned to cold the course is hard enough to skate with ice skates. Lets hope the course is not as relentless today as it was yesterday!
Today was a big day, lots of jumping and a race and we were done before 230. There is so much day left it's kind of abnormal during a comp weekend, I am not used to it. This morning started out another gloomy day however by the time the jumping started it was sunny and the conditions were great for jumping. My provisional jump was an improvement from my official training jump landing me in 21st place. However the real event today was the team event. After two jumps on the hill we rolled right into the comp. I was happy with my comp jump. I was able to put in a 101.5 meter jump for our team. The tail wind was strong for the last round making it pretty tough. I am happy to have a good solid jump heading into tomorrows individual competition.
The race today was tough. It's been a while since I have done a 5 k race. For those of you who don't know its like running the 400 m race in track. The race is an all out sprint, but just long enough that you can blow up really hard at the end. I felt alright for the race. I was able to ski strong the whole race I do have some technical stuff to work on however. Little things like staying in my tuck a bit longer on some of the downhill or tuck skating areas. Improving that will improve my rest and help make my skiing more efficient. Tomorrows race on this course will be a challenge. There are some very technical down hills and some long steep climbs. My key to success is negative splits. I need to be starting slower and skiing faster throughout the race. Its a very easy course to head out too hard on and I have a feeling plenty of people will do just that tomorrow. I am going to try to capitalize on it. Another update will come after the race tomorrow!
We are in Seefeld now. We have been here for about two days and its been great weather and great skiing. Taylor and I got lost skiing yesterday and ended up about 25 k away from Seefeld and had to take a bus back. Thank god it was running! We are in a great hotel and we are very happy to be comfortable and well rested for this weekend. Since last weekends team event was cancelled, we will have three events here. Two individuals and a team event. So it will be a jam packed weekend that is for sure. Stay tuned for more u
Today was a tough day. I had some great moments and some disappointing moments which show I still have a lot to learn. I was able to jump great and landed my self in the top 10. I was 9th place after the jumping 55 seconds back from the lead. I felt great starting the race which is probably why when I broke a pole I panicked and tried to stay with the group with one pole. I wore my self out skiing like that for a little less then a kilometer. When I got a pole I was beat. However I can take away some good things from today. For example my jumping was on and I know I can do that again without question. Also this whole week I have not felt awesome in my cross country training however to feel like I did throughout the race makes me confident that I don't need to feel awesome to be competitive. I don't have to be feeling perfect to be in the top 10.
So onward I am looking towards Seefeld. Tomorrow is a team event here in Shonach which will be fun and relaxing. Lets see what our young team can do here. Afterwards we will head to seefeld and have two more individual competitions and I will be looking to redeem my self from the bad luck today.
Sorry for the delay in updates. The holiday's were busy and full of rest and training. My rest days were full of alpine skiing and hanging out with the family. On saturday we had a 15k race at Whitepine Touring Center. The race was pretty tough. Bill hammered on the front pretty hard. He had a little help from Nick H. as well as Ben Simms. Ben a the new Australian Nordic Combined skier. The race came down to two sprints Bill and Nick, Ben and myself. Ben got me by a lot I had nothing left. Bill was able to edge out nick in a neck and neck sprint to the line.
Today we did some training on the new jump hill in Shonach, Germany. The hill has been redone almost entirely. I have to say its a pretty unique feeling hill. The hill is very flat feeling. In years past this hill has always been short and steep. So definitely a different feeling from the hill before.
After jumping we hammered out some intervals on the course and made it home just before dinner. This weekend we have a team event and one individual. I think it will be interesting to see how everyone does after a two week break from competitions. The holidays always seem to shake things up a bit. As always I will try to update as much as possible throughout the weekend.