Pokljuka, Slovenia

World Cup 3 has come and gone.   I was really looking forward to racing this weekend for 2 reasons:  firstly,  I was finally feeling like my energy levels were back to normal and that my cold was a thing of the past and secondly, I found a solution to an ankle problem that has been an issue for me for almost 3 seasons.  After countless masseuses and physios did their best to loosen up my ankle, it was our own head wax tech (and trained physio), Tom Zidek, who managed to manipulate my ankle back into action.  Finally, skiing pain free!  In combination with staying in the lovely town of Bled, it was a pretty great start to the week.

The 7.5km Sprint was mediocre.  Once again I struggled with my standing shooting and 2 misses put me in 41st place.   While it was certainly better than 61st place the week before, I felt like I was making the same mistakes over and over again which is a frustrating feeling.  Needless to say, I was still looking forward to the 10km Pursuit.   It is my favourite race format and starting in 41st, 1:40 back from the lead, meant that I was close enough to the top 30 to put up a good fight and far enough back that I didn’t really feel any pressure in terms of results.

It turned out to be a great race – I was one of two women in the field to hit 20/20 – perfect shooting.  It was the first time I have ever hit all 20 targets in a Word Cup and that alone would have made for a great day.   I enjoyed the race and moved steadily up the ranks, I knew it was going to be good but was still surprised to start the last loop in 14th position.  I held onto my spot and finished 14th, a new personal best for Pursuit races and particularily exciting given that I had started in 41st!

During the 2 days before the Pursuit I worked hard on my standing shooting.  I had an enlightening dryfiring session with our coach Roddy Ward and combined with some feedback from Knut Tore Berland I feel like I was able to put some of the good feedback I have been getting into action.

Now it is time to head home for Christmas, a good visit with my family (who will be visiting from Canada) and get in a good quality training block before it is time to race again.   This year I have chosen to skip World Cup 4 in Oberhof in order to have a longer training phase but will be back on the start list for World Cup 5 in Ruhpolding.

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