Happy New Year everyone! I hope 2015 is a great year for you and I.
A lot has happened since my last blog, I have competed in IBU Cup 3, 4 & 5, and we have had a training camp in Ridnaun, Italy over Christmas and New Years with the Junior, IBU and World Cup team.
I wasn’t happy with how i performed in IBU Cup 3, Obertilliach, Austria as my shooting wasn’t in form, in the 20km individual I missed 8. On the bright side, I was extremely happy with my ski speed.
There were two sprint races, in the first 10km sprint I missed 4, the conditions were relatively icy so I felt unbalanced on my skies, so as a result of that, my ski speed wasn’t all that marvellous.
In the second 10km Sprint I was happy with my shooting, only missing 1, making this the best result i have had this season, my skiing was a little better than the first 10km sprint.
Starting of intervals
Now that IBU Cup 3 was finished we made our way to Ridnaun, Italy where our Christmas and New Years training block was held. We were all a little bit worried that there would be no snow in Ridnaun, but they had cold conditions to make snow, so there was enough snow to make a 2km track.
Most of my training sessions consisted of long slow skiing and shooting. I really focused on my shooting, I felt like my shooting has improved quiet a lot.
On the 6th of January we directed ourselves to Poland for IBU Cup 4 of 2015.
Training in Ridnaun
Coming to Poland I didn’t really know what to expect, once we had arrived i thought it was reasonably similar to the Czech Republic, Very flat and baron.
The weather was a slight problem in Poland, leading up to the races the range was very windy, the wind direction was always changing, the temperature increased, and the rain started to fall.
Luckily for the first 10km sprint it wasn’t raining but it was still windy! My first race wasn’t anything special missing 4 and skiing wasn’t quite where i needed it to be. Unfortunately for the second 10km Sprint, it had been raining heavily over night, the IBU was force to reduce our ski loops to 3×1.2, Shooting + 3×1.2km, Shooting + 2×1.2km, finish, to make up the 10km distance. Again the wind was still around, but it had dropped off for the race. My skiing felt a little better; I found it hard to push, as I was still a little tired from the race the day before. My shooting had improved ever so slightly missing 3.
Now IBU Cup 4 was over, it was time to pack our things yet again, and move back to Ridnaun for the next IBU Cup 5.
Duszniki Zdroj, Poland
Originally the IBU Cup was suppose to be held in Langdorf, Germany, but a lack of snow and poor weather conditions have left them with no choice but to move the IBU Cup to a new venue.
It was nice to be in Ridnaun, Italy again, although I was not happy with my racing results. The loops were slightly different to what they would usually be, as there was still not enough snow to make the appropriate race course.
I wasn’t happy with my shooting and skiing results. In the 10km sprint race i missed 4, and unfortunately i didn’t qualify for the pursuit.
Now the team is on their way to Open European Championships, which is held in Otepaa, Estonia.
Till next time.