I've just arrived back from the Swiss National Championships in Hoch Ybrig where I placed 15th. I'm really happy with the result as I didn't expect to go through the first round and it just goes to show that anything can happen in ski cross. The racing is going well, I've had a few disappointing results (such as missing out on qualification in St Francois by 100th of a second!) but that hasn't stopped me and I've enjoyed the competitions nonetheless. I've been to Switzerland,
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So, the Europa Cup races being held in Val Thorens this weekend were cancelled and rescheduled for January due to a lack of snow. Because of this, my team was at a loose end with no competitions and no place to train.
Then when we saw that there were FIS races being held in Sweden, we quickly booked flights and found ourselves there 3 days later.
The two boys and I trained on the ski cross course on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and then raced the weekend
That's the first Europa Cup of the season done! I managed to get 37th in the EC and 38th in the Austrian National Championships so I missed out on qualifying by a few places each time. No worries though - I knew these races would have a lot of tough competition as many of the World Cup athletes compete to use it as a warm up race. I was happy with my result as it was a big improvement from last season so I know that I'm definitely moving in the right direction. It was also a
British Ski and Snowboard sent me to Hoylake near Liverpool to meet the team at the UTS gym for fitness testing on Wednesday and Thursday. The girls and I completed various tests for different aspects of our fitness on the first day and were also shown around the gym which was set up to look like the underground (Underground Training Station - the clue's in the name). I was pleased to find out the gym wasn't actually underground so it was well lit and had plenty of fire exits
I've been training in Saas Fee, Switzerland with the team this week and really enjoyed it despite coming home to Les Arcs slightly battered after falling 3 metres off a wall, getting hit in the face by a volleyball, finding out my car was flat after leaving the lights on and getting some strange allergic reaction after lying down in the grass during a workout... I'd say it's been a bit of a character building week and thankfully no permanent damage has been done - I'm still i