I had a few goal coming into this season, one was to do well at the Nor Am Cup, today I reached that goal! Despite a day that was far from great skiing wise I managed to clinch the GS title in the 2010 Nor AM Cup at Waterville Valley, just ahead of US Olympian Nolan Kasper!
Coming into the season I had very high hopes for the year as training in the fall had been far above all expectations! Things kept going my way all the way through Christmas with the peak of it being the Nor Am win in Panorama.
However, somewhere after that I was slowly loosing the touch on my skis, the timing was off as well as the endurance. Looking back I think the 100 days I spent on skis before christmas might have been a little to much for my body. At first I did not realize that I had been over training and keep pushing it, but that just got me sucking even more. So a month a go I made the call to take a little time out and head down to Monaco, ski Limone and sleep in my own bed for a month, a lot of friends and even my sponsors where asking me is this was a smart move in the middle of the season… Looking back I think it was! Its so hard to know where the limit is for training as much as possible without over doing it, I am now one experience wiser!
Even though todays speed was far from what I need, I felt that I had the same good feeling in my body as I had earlier this fall. In the first run I had some great turns but unfortunately made a lot of mistakes and ended up 10th, totally fine by me as the last time I ran a full length course was Sunday river more the two months ago.
In the second run I just did not feel the energy, plus the fact that I think I might have held back a little thinking about the overall title. Finished in 13th place, not great but I will take it considering how horrible I felt 8 weeks ago and how much more I feel that I have to give! Felt great to be back in the start gate! A few more days of racing and I should be back where I want to be!
Winning the Nor Am cup title means that I will get start nr 31 in all the Europa Cup GS races next year which creates a great platform to improve further from. Most importantly I feel good again and have a huge bag of motivation on my back, I am ready to keep working hard until the very last bits of snow are gone!
Have an appointment with the fysio at 7 am so I better get to bed and get a good nights sleep, more races in Sugar Bush to come in the next few days, stoked to keep working on my GS game! Its easy when its fun!
Was great to get to hang out with Leif again, been way to long, he is awesome!
I could really get used to the red leader bib, always been a fan of red…;-)
Leif on the bottom "pitch"… Waterville is nice but not very steep…
Moi holding on for dear life in the last few gates of the 1.13 long course!
A few nervous moments before we figured out how the race had gone!
Lost a bet and had to buy a few Red Bulls…;-)
Real happy about my first Alpine racing title!
See you in the morning! Tonight I close my eyes with a big smile on my face, that's a very rare thing in my life as I am very hard on all the things that i do, so I will try to enjoy this one the the max!