Sorry for the lack of blogging but after such an ordinary weekend in San Candido my motivation levels were a little low. I came out on the second day ready to crush but it wasn’t to be. Both training runs went well and i felt my qualification run was fast. I got to the bottom pumped only to find myself more than 2 seconds off the pace. I was not just disappointed but also confused. The first day i made mistakes and i knew i hadn’t skied particularly well finishing in 47th. The second day though i thought i had skied semi ok and found myself even further back in 50th position. Kinda heartbreaking to think about all the time and effort i have put in over the summer to drop back 40 places from last years qualification results.
I took some time off in London over the next few days to clear my head and spend some time with family and friends before Christmas (blog on London coming soon). I couldn’t take my mind off it though and i have watched the race footage so many times trying to work out were i lost the time. I’ve come to the conclusion that i was skiing way too backseat. I’m quiet accustomed to skiing backseat but in San Candido i was way too far in the backseat, so much so that i was smearing my tails on the exits of turns and losing speed on terrain where i really should be making speed. This accompanied by a tuck that could be compared to your average Australian punter i was losing time every opportunity i got.
Back to the drawing board. I’m back in Austria at the moment working on some elements of my skiing that i have neglected lately. I have been trying my best to turn this failure into an opportunity and in doing so it has increased my motivation so much more than a win ever could. The race highlighted areas of my skiing i need to work on and in the next 10 days i intend to make some big changes in preparation for the next world cup in St Johann on the 7th of Jan.