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The last couple of weeks have been a little rough. I've been sick during that time and the antibiotics I was given made me extremely tired which didn't help. I'm now feeling far better and this lasting cough is finally on its way out. I've been determined to solider through it all and have been competing for the past week with eight races in nine days as planned. We began with two GS races at Hinterreit (replacement of Maria Alm) right near where we are based in Saalfelden. These didn't go to well. I skied poorly compared with how I was training a couple of days before that and was ridiculously tired from each run I did. On the second day of GS we travelled to Hochfuegen in Austria for two Slalom races. The first day I had patches of good skiing but still nothing fantastic. I was skiing better in the second run but unfortunately straddled right near the bottom of the course. It was a little frustrating because it felt like a mistake I should have been able to recover from but I didn't have the energy and couldn't avoid straddling. I made the decision to take the next day off and regain energy for the Turnau races. Feeling far more prepared and energized I skied both Turnau Slaloms. The first day I skied well enough to move up from my bib but I made lots of little mistakes that cost me time. The second day I gave it my all and skied far better than I have in any race this year. Unfortunately I got caught in the last flush before the finish and was chucked, I had to hockey stop but made it back into the course only to have lost all my speed as it was on the flats before the finish. I did finish with a ridiculously slow time and surprisingly wasn't last. However, being third from last in soft conditions doesn't bode well and the second run was like a rodeo for me. I managed to ski reasonably well until I dropped my pole, lost focus and was chucked out of the course. Today we have a day off/travel day as we move on to the Hochrindl GS races which are a replacement for the Kranjska Gora ones. Just found out these have actually been cancelled as of 30 min ago. It's a bit unfortunate as that was going to be our last race for a wee while. We'll now move into a few days of solid training, a couple of days early, which will be good. Although travelling can be tedious sometimes with having to always pack up and move to a different place, it has been great being able to ski on such a wide variety of slopes with the most stunning scenery. I swear some of the mountains around here look like they've been green screened! I've also met so many amazing and kind people from many different countries, some of whom are heading to Sochi soon. Speaking of which, the Olympic lists are released in the next few days and I want to wish my Aussie and Kiwi team mates all the best as well as anyone else vying for a position to go to Sochi. Personally I am aiming for the 2018 Olympics in Korea but am looking forward to seeing my friends compete in Russia this coming month.

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