I arrived back home ( yes I’m caling it home because I really love this place ) to Leysin on Tuesday night after 6 days away . Last Thursday I took the journey to the gorgeous ski town of Kitzbuhel in Austria for the 3rd round of the Dextro WCS series . It would be fair to say that in all reality I was nowhere ready to raceafter the last 5-6 weeks of interruption and very limited training . However I’m not one for missing out on opportunities and even If I wasn’t fit I still felt well enough to line up on the start line , plus I just love to race .
A long days travel of a train , plane and a bus trip got our team Aus there in enough time for race briefing at 5pm . Then lucky enough for me I was straight into doping control for some bloods . No arguments from me , its great they are trying to keep our sport clean
Friday and Sat I did some easy training and Sunday arvo was race day for the us girls.
For the first time in a while I was actually nervous pre race . Nervous because I hardly done any intensity training and to line up at a World Champs race underdone is not that easy to get away with . Also nervous how I’d react to getting the heart rate up .
After a very easy week of training and plenty of rest I actually coped a lot better than I thought I would . It was only the last 5 km of the run I panicked with a very sharp stomach pain which I’d normally run through but given the circumstances I forced myself to relax and jog the rest thinking of my health and recovery for the more important race in 3 weeks time.
So If anything It was a good training day in varying conditions . Cold , overcast warm ,and sunny , hail ,and rain ! All in a few short hours !
Boss let me stay a few extra days in Kitz to have some fun ( thanks Boss )and on Monday I was fortunate enough to paraglide over the town from the top of Hannakenham , a famous downhill ski run . It was bloody amazing ! we were then catered some great Austrian food for lunch at the restraunt on top . A ride through some quiet roads of Kitzbuhel , dinners out through the fancy little town and a few trips to the casino I have to say I’ll definitely be back again next year . Just hopefully with a better prep and race
I’ll now see how I recover and pull up after the weekend and then try and get a decent training block in before my next race in Hamburg which is now less than 4 weeks away .