That sure was one long Hiatus from the blog. Time to get back on the horse, and i’m talking about the blogging horse. I had an interesting conversation with someone about how the mind of blogging works, and its become apparent to me that you can’t force a blog update, it just has to come out naturally, so here it goes.
I will start with December, and I will keep it brief. I had a couple of good results, skiing around my points in GS and finishing right with all the Austrian Junior guys. More importantly, I learnt a lot about the mental side of this sport, and how to handle certain scenarios. I am sure that those tools will help me later on in my ski racing days.
After the first Austrian stint, I was off to Verbier for Christmas with my family. It was great to spend two weeks relaxing and getting pumped to ski race again. I managed to find a little bit of powder to shred over christmas, but for the most part, it was mediocre skiing and great times with my family.
Its 2014, i’m back in Austria, and it’s awesome. I have been training a lot of GS since I got back here, and it has definitely helped to have a heavy training block. I have also spent some time crashing through gates and yard sale-ing all over the Hinterreit training hill – Moral to that story – stop leaning in. After the second shot to the ribs from the base of a gate, I think I caught on to what I shouldn’t do! Besides those minor speed bumps, I felt great on my GS skis, and then it was race time. A couple of days ago we headed over to Reiteralm for the Mexican Champs. These were organized by the one and only Prince Hubertus Von Hohenlohe, who skis for Mexico and is trying to qualify for the Olympics. It was a small field, which meant I had a great start position with some good guys racing. It was a great opportunity and I was able to capitalize on that by scoring some points results and getting two third places.
Thankfully, Warner Nickerson was giving it his all in both races. He is trying to crush as hard as he can to win races, (and Sombrero’s) so that he can prove to the USST he deserves a spot to start some World Cups. Warner was skiing pretty damn fast in Reiteralm, so it was tough to stay close, but I was able to ski four solid runs that kept me in the game.
We are now back at our base in Leogang and we are doing a couple of days of training. There is not a whole lot of snow, so I have no idea what will be next, but time will tell, and I have a feeling my blog game is back, so stay tuned.