It has been quite some time since I have posted, with my last post being the debrief from Sochi. At the moment I am in Pitztal (Austria) with our last training camp before the World Cup competitions begin in Nakiska.
I thought after having the biggest season in terms of competitions (i.e. the Olympics and its lead up), that it would be great to sit back and have some time to relax for once after constantly having travel and training commitments taking up a large majority of my time. However this has been far from what has happened since February. I took a heavy load at University, started a takeaway coffee shop outside my families hotel, working with my parents in the hotel and training on/off snow in the southern winter. I have also been in Europe since September training with the Austrian team, so a lot has been packed into 8 months!
I guess having time to do things I could normally not do being an ‘athlete’ for a period time allowed me to take on a lot of roles that I previously could not have taken. Looking back I did take on a lot, more than I envisaged, however being able to help out my parents at the hotel was rewarding and well worth the time.
Since September I have had the opportunity given to me by the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia to start the season early and train alongside the Austria Ski Cross team. My coach (Danny Geiger) and I moved to Austria and based ourselves in Leogang. From there we were able to attend training camps with the Austrians, at Glacier in both Austria and Switzerland.
Being with another team and having the possibility to train alongside multiple athletes has been great to work on my head-to-head skills leading into the season. The Austrians have been very welcoming and it has been great training with them. A huge thanks must go out to the whole team!
Now we have our final training block in Pitztal before heading off to Europe. More familiar faces are starting to appear hinting that the competition is just around the corner. Sami and Shawn have joined us now, doubling our numbers for the season. A pre-season race is being held this weekend, the Austrian Championships, which will be great preparation leading into the Nakiska World Cup on the 6th of December. This is the first of five World Cup events before the Christmas break.
Apologies for the lengthy post! I will try and keep my posts short, regular and full of photos from here on in.