Updated on December 6, 2015
Ups & Downs at World Cup 1 in Sweden
This was one of my best and worst starts to the season – ever!
I came into these races already struggling with my confidence on the shooting range. I had shot 90% prone but only 40% standing in the previous weekend’s IBU Cup and was determined to focus on myself and keep result oriented goals out of my head.
Luckily for me, I had some really clear shoooting tasks to work on and combined with my relaxed, no-pressure approach they paid off much more than I was expecting. With 19/20 shooting in the first 15km race I placed 12th. Starting off the season with a new personal best – what could be better? Naturally, I was really happy!
I had that extra little bit of confidence going into the next race and while I wasn’t overly thrilled about my 8/10 shooting it was the skiing that did me in. I felt terrible. Actually, worse than terrible: it was one of those days where I felt like my legs weighed 50kg each and the first 500m felt like 5km. On top of that, I had a pretty hard crash in one fo the downhills which cost me time, but thankfully didn’t hurt anything except my pride. With one of the slower ski times in the field, I crossed the finish line feeling guiltily grateful that I wouldn’t need to race the next day.
On Sunday morning everything suddenly made sense: I woke up with a nasty headcold and stayed in bed all day, a clear explanation for the previous afternoon’s ski performance. A cold had been making it’s way through our team so I shouldn’t have been surprised, but I was still pretty diasappointed to plummet from a 12th place finish to being sick and not even qualifying in the top 60 for the pursuit race.
I figure it’s nothing to complain about – I’m already feeling relatively recovered and hopefully I have lots of good old antibodies in my system to help keep me healthy the rest of the winter! Up next….kicking this cold and racing in Hochfilzen!