World Cup 6,7 & 8: Sickness & Success

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World Cup 6,7 & 8: Sickness & Success

The last 3 World Cups have definitely provided a lot of ups and downs…

World Cup 6: Antholz, Italy
Things were basically ‘normal’ for me in Antholz:  my shooting was average and my ski speed was decent. We had 3 races in a row and I felt slightly better skiing with each race.  I had a lot of fun the relay and pursuit races here – I like the course and in both races I was constantly skiing in groups with other women.  It is just so much more fun and the tactical dynamic plays a much bigger role when you are not out there alone on course.   After 2 back to back weekends of racing in the rain and fog in Germany, seeing the sunshine and the beautiful mountains was a highlight.


Training Time
We had a week pause between the races.  I spent some quality time with my 4 year old son and we even joined the Canadian Team’s training camp in Germany for a few days.  My son seems to enjoy skiing as much as I do and was proudy telling the team how he, ’’skied 4.5km in 2 hours this morning’’.   Some deal-making was involved and I had to anti-up – in this case that meant taking off my skies, and making this snow angel when my little guy completed the 2km loop.  Not to worry, we took some time off from training for some good old-fashioned fun in the snow as well.

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World Cup 7:  Nove Mesto
Unfortunately I spent most of this week FOB – that it, flat on my back, in bed, with a nasty cold that morphed into a week long cough.   Biathlon Canada only had 3 women at this world cup which made being sick even harder.  The top 3 athletes from each nation collect ’nation cup points’ in races.  These points are used to calculate the overall team rankings.   So me deciding not to start cost us valuable points and also caused our team to sit out of the Single-Mixed Relay event.   Either way, I had to put my health first and I am glad I didn’t puch myself to race.  It took 10 days of rest before I felt healthy enough to start training again as it was.  The good news is, I figure I am full of lots of great antibodies now which will hopefully help keep me strong and healthy for the rest of the season!

World Cup 8: Oslo Holmenkollen, Norway
This week I was so thankful for the ’Biathlon Family’ as we call it.   The German Team’s doctor generously took a look at me  helped me kick my cough just in time for 2 days of training before the first race.  After 10 days of bed rest I went into the 15km Individual race with realistic expectations – that is expecting to feel less than my best on course and planning to make up for it on the shooting range.  I was really happy (and a little bit surprised) to place 12th after hitting 20/20 for the second time this season.   I cannot really say whether it was over confidence or feeling tired that led to me missing 3 targets in the Sprint despite nearly perfect shooting conditions: the result was a very disappointing 68th place.   By the final race in Oslo I was starting to feel a bit more energized and had an acceptable race to start off our Women’s relay.  My teammates also did more then their part and we placed 8th – a better result than expected and our season best so far!
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