Ups & Downs at World Cup 1 in Sweden

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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!

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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!

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