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Reiter Alm Europa cups and training

After a very hectic but exciting week at home organising and running my fundraising race I flew back out to Austria for a weeks training before the first Europa cups of the season. I was hoping for some good results to kick start the season and build the confidence for the trip to Canada and USA for the world cups.

The training week was good. We did double sessions everyday with speed in the morning and GS afterwards. We had hoped to get to train a few days on the race hill, however the Austrians booked it out so we trained on the other side of the mountain which is very flat and with new snow very slow. It wasn’t terribly exciting training but gave a good opportunity to work on the basics and gliding skills. We also did some timing with the Slovenian team, I was skiing fast and feeling quite confident before the races.

We moved into and apartment at the weekend, which will provide a base for us for the season (although I don’t expect to be there much!) then had hill skiing on the Sunday before the races started on the Monday.

Race day came and with no other races on it was a pretty packed and tough field of racers. My team mate Ed started 9th and came into the lead! He held it for several numbers before and Austrian and a Swiss guy came down and beat his time. He was on the podium though! This built my confidence and I went up feeling good about the day. However as I came onto the first small steep I skied horribly on the ice and messed up the crucial turns before the flat costing me any chance of a good result.

The second race, I knew what I had to do and had a clear plan but again made a costly mistake on the top section in the fog. With the piste being quite easy and so many guys there the times were very tight and I finished well outside the points. A very disappointing and frustrating start to the season.

We continued to train the rest of the week and got some really good sessions of both slalom and GS in. I feel I’m making good technical progress and hopefully will get some good runs together soon on race day. With world cups coming up in Lake Louise and Beaver Creek its an exciting time, I head out to Canada for some training before the races and it looks like I might be in Canada and America for around 5 weeks!

Watch this space!

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