Life has been pretty busy with the women's team having just completed four consecutive days of racing in two parts of Germany. This new year has been kicked off with a series of new experiences for me. Firstly, on the second day of this new year we travelled to Jenner for two days of FIS Slalom races. Upon arrival at our hotel we found that they had nowhere we could tune our skis, meaning we had to scrape them in the car park. The following day we ventured to the slopes and were greeted with a two person gondola... However, with our big packs and two skis it turned into a one person gondola, something I've never come across before!
Now over to the course and the run which we were racing on was literally an ice rink! First run I fought to stay in, second run I skied better and was 3 gates from the finish when I got chucked, tried to recover and failed as my skis slid out from underneath me and I crashed through the finish line... The second day of Jenner I did not ski well making up for it in my second run but only slightly as the super tight course made it impossible to feel like you were skiing well. Jenner itself was rather intriguing as it was a favoured place of Hitler's and there are several photos from WWII where there are a group of people standing in front of a fountain etc. and here you can see that particular landmark. My coach is a bit of a history nut so I've learnt a lot about Hitler's impact on that particular area during the war.
That afternoon we packed up and drove the hour and a half to Bad Wiessee. Where it was misty and dreary looking. We were hopeful it would clear, despite weather reports, until we heard the pitter-patter of the rain on the roof. It was raining when we woke up and we submitted to getting drenched as we inspected the course. I skied the top and bottom sections reasonably well given the conditions the first day but am having difficulty convincing myself to let my skis run in the fore line (the line going straight down the hill. If you were to release a ball, this is the path it would take) on pitches. My team mate Emily Bamford placed 5th that first day and received a trophy that looks like a paper weight on a pedestal! Congrats Em! To be honest I give a lot of credit to those people that got those races off these past two days. Bad Wiessee hasn't seen snow since October! So we were incredibly fortunate to race at all! Yesterday we were lucky enough to wake up to blue skies and firmer snow. First run I still didn't trust myself enough on the pitch but second run I skied better technically and ended up beating those around me by half a second or so. I scored a 63.51 which along with my score at Mt Hutt at the end of the NZ season will drop my points to 59.35! Beginning the new year in the right direction! : )