So the Canmore World Cup didn’t quite go to plan quite like I had hoped….
I was feeling good coming into this race having adjusted more to the altitude and the course from when I had raced here two weeks prior. On the day I was feeling pretty fresh and ready to go as well. Come the time trial, everything was going well for a while, I felt I was skiing solidly up the major climbs to the top of the course but when it came to coming back down, this was where I cooked up some fail.
The course is pretty much all up and then all back down. So coming off the flat at the top of the course and into the fast downhill I was putting in my last couple of big single time pushes before I was about to get into but because I struggle with the basics sometimes I managed to bring my pole smack down into my ski! This sent me spinning around and diving my but into the snow. I came to a complete stop and struggled to regain speed over the rest of the downhill and into the finish straight. Pretty devastating…
After the adrenaline wore off I soon came to the realization of how hard the snow was as I could barely sit down for the next couple of days, ouch
Although the rest of the team has gone now, I am still in Canmore for another week of training with all my mates (no one) and fly out to Europe on boxing day to meet up with Georgia and Vandy and soon after the Junior team.
Also a big shout out to PK for making his World Cup debut! Cal for his best ever World Cup result! And Esbott for a Mad 46th!
Thanks to Finn, August, Matt and the Canadian wax techs for support and making the past 3 weeks a success!
This last weekend would have had to be my most successful and fun racing I’ve had!
Quebec was a really cool and super old city and the race course was situated in the grounds around the Parliament building. The track was real winding with a bridge and small jump adding a bit extra for the crowd.
The first day was the team sprint with Cal-boss Watson. We were super keen to have a good one in this after we went alright in the team sprint in Milan World Cup last year. This time I was off first and Cal second. We held on pretty well and were in and amongst the action for the whole race which was sweet! Two bunches formed and naturally enough we were in the back one but still jostleing for spots. Ending up 11th in our Semi and 22nd/25 overall and only seconds off being a few spots higher on the list.
The second day, the individual sprint went even better for me. It was a little worrying as we came into the stadium and saw how deep the snow was and how much pain the top guys were in. We had also had a running warm up and minimal skiing time. In my first lap it felt like I was struggling to really open and along with the conditions I was feeling a little slow but was able to hold a pretty similar pace the whole way through without fatiguing too badly. In the end I was around 10 secs back off the winner in 50th place out of 73 starters and only 4 secs back off top 30 and qualifying for finals so I was pretty stoked considering the last World Cup I raced last season I came dead last by more than a couple of seconds.
We are now back in Canmore for the World Cup here and hopefully I can manage a similar result, fingers crossed…
So today I had my first race of the season here in Canmore, Canada. I had 4 days on snow after flying straight in from Australia and ave been battling a bit with the jetlag and altitude but it all went fairly well.
On the hilly 1.3km course I was abit over 7 seconds behind the winners time. I got my best FIS points ever to date and was stoked to get another result under the IOC, A selection criteria to help towards Olympic qualification.
In the heat I didnt have so much luck, I was still in contact with the tight bunch at the finish but didnt have the gas in the legs to finish strongly.
hopefully have a good race tomorrow in the 15km classic although the hilly course doesnt really suit the light weight frame I have 😉