Life has been hectically brilliant lately. A few weeks ago we had the Treble Cone races while the week before I had to attend school for the first time this term in order to sit my mock exams. It wasn't the most ideal situation to jump straight back into racing after a week off but with my team mates away racing at the Hotham ANC's in Australia, there wasn't much else to do anyway. My first run in the slalom was not flash at all as I made several costly mistakes, second run picked up a wee bit though. The following day we had two GS races in one day to make up for a previously missed GS in the early part of the season. I didn't ski as well as I wanted to in the first race but I did pick it up slightly for the second race. Both were tough races with competitors such as Michaela Kirchgasser who is on 5.77 points. Only three days later began the final ANC series kicking it off, as usual, with GS. The strength of competition did not let up, the points were completely stacked with bib 28 only on 26.61 points! I started 39th rocking into the top 30 flip which I was pretty happy about. There were several sections where my skiing was far more like what I have been pulling out in training but still speckled with silly little mistakes. The GS the next day began reasonably well, I scrapped into the top 30 and had the prime first start for the second run. I went out the gate charging and caught an edge between the first and second gates. Managing to hold it together I skied the rest of the run reasonably well. I was scoring around my current points which isn't too bad considering all the races this season have been stacked with some pretty amazing skiers. The slalom the third day was a tight, technical course which is just the way I like it.
Unfortunately came out on the first run along with over half of the other field! I skied the first day of slalom better than I skied most of the second day which is rather frustrating. Through all the frustration of knowing I can ski far better, I just keep reminding myself that I have halved the time I am away from the leader since last year. My technique has improved a huge amount this season and I owe it to my coach Nils Coberger. Training up, with the National team boys, a few Australian and Slovakian team members has also been a huge benefit for my skiing. I've improved in leaps and bounds and am determined to keep up this streak and incorporate it into my skiing. Due to the weather and snow conditions the Mt Hutt ANC Super G and Downhill's have been cancelled which is a big shame. We've had a proper 5 day break in which I have returned to Canterbury and have gone back to school to catch up on internals etc. which was a bit of a shock to most of my teachers! Nevertheless I am getting tons of work done and will be in Canterbury at least till the Ski Racing NZ Charitable Trust supporters club open function on the 18th. The trust has just been established to help NZ skiers become more successful in the sport. Currently they support the National Team boys: Nick Prebble, Adam Barwood and Willis Feasey. If you are in Christchurch and want to show some support it would be great to see you at 5:30pm on the 18th at the Carlton I think it is. I shall have to check up on that. Anyway if you want to keep up with the details and support the team head to their Facebook page: Ski Racing NZ. It would be great to see some local Cantabrian support!!! :D Also check out the photos I finally managed to get my hands on from the Faringdon Sensational Selwyn awards under 'the wonderful world of people' in my gallery :)