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First Camp of the new season

After only 8 days at home to rest and recover, we headed back out to the continent for our first ski camp of the new season. The idea being that by going back out in the last weeks of April there would still be good winter snow but also we could save money by using our still valid season passes.
We went to the Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Kaprun near Zell am See and stayed up the mountain at the Bundes Ski Academy. A great place to stay as you can ski in, ski out and means you dont have to get up so early in the morning as you’re already on the slopes! It is however a bit of a nightmare taking two weeks worth of kit including 10 pairs of skis each up the two gondolas all at once!
The weather wasnt great with a lot of cloud and wind meaning flat light and some new snow which made gate training more difficult. We did however manage to get a few good days of speed training in with the piste team building up rolls and a jump for us making for interesting and fun training. We also did quite a lot of free skiing and drills to try to improve our basic positions and techniques.
After skiing we either played football in the sports hall or did bike sessions in the gym, incredibly tiring at 2500m altitude! But a perfect start to our fitness programme for summer and will hopefully help in the etape bike race we are doing in May.
On the 3rd last day of the camp we were skiing super-g and going off the jump. I came into the jump full speed and made my move at the wrong time…meaning I got launched a lot further than planned or expected but also coming in too straight meant I was heading straight at the next gate. I landed back and went straight through the gate crashing and hurting my ankle and shin. Luckily neither part of me seemed too seriously injured so I tried to ski the next few days, but both were too sore to ski fully so I spent a day and a half on my own doing slow drills and snowploughs! Not the most exciting days!
Now we have 11 weeks off snow-the longest time I’ve had off skis in a few years! But it gives us a good opportunity to get stronger and fitter for next season…Bring on the hard work!

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