The recent snowfall could not have made me more excited for skiing and the upcoming season. I have spent more time on snow this off-season than any other before, but there is still something about when the first flakes fly at home that really excites me.
As I am making my way out to Vail, Colorado for my last prep camp and my first races of the season, I have already had 41 days on snow and will have over 50 before my first race. It has been a great summer and fall preparing for the upcoming season. The way I see things, the only way to get better is to ski and to ski more than those that I am trying to beat. My training has taken me to Whistler in May, France in June, Mt. Hood in August, Chile in September and finally Colorado.
Much of the summer’s training was going back to the basics while I tried to make everything more solid. I worked hard to eliminate excess upper body movement and made sure my feet were doing the right things. It took time, but I think that I made great progress and my skiing is stronger than ever. My Chile camp was one of the best I have ever had. We had an amazing time in Portillio where we skied downhill and super g for nearly two weeks. Training like that rarely comes along.
I could not be happier with the training leading up to this point. Knowing that I have had the same or better opportunities than my competitors has given me so much confidence. All of the training has been pivotal as I have a tough road to climb this year. Unlike the season before, World Cup starts are not guaranteed for this season. In order to get starts in the first few I will have to win a spot. This will be decided in the middle of November at some super g races held in Copper, Colorado.
My goal is to earn a start for the first two World Cup races then go from there. If the early time trial races don’t pan out as planned, I will work my way through NorAms and European Cup races to try and get starts in other World Cups.
I look forward to the last block of training that I have coming up, but I have the itch to get into the starting gate and race unlike I have ever had before. I take this as a sign that I am ready to go. Stay tuned for more.