Has it seriously been 6 MONTHS since I’ve updated. Apologies, friends!
I realize I’ve been unbelievably bad at updating this bad boy this season. I’ll be honest–I got off to a rough start (leading team trials, then not leading team trials) so it’s been a bit to handle mentally. And, between work, finishing up school and the crazy travel schedule I was handed, I just couldn’t find the time to post. But, I’ve had a lot of friends and family ask how I’m doing (because the blog has been radio silent!) so I figured it was time to brush off the keyboard and do the dang thing.
So, here’s a (very quick) run-down of my life!
- Team Trials–I led after the Lake Placid races, not so much after our Park City races. This result put me on the Intercontinental Cup tour.
- Left for Igls, Austria a day after team trials ended. Almost didn’t race here (my federation forgot to renew my license, which is necessary to race) but after some phone calls and tears, I made the deadline with 11 seconds to spare. Trained awesome, raced poorly.
- Next stop: Konigssee, Germany. Conquered bendaway and kriesel, but only placed 7th & 8th in the races. Not where I wanted to finish–consistency got the best of me– but I slid the best I ever have on this track.
- While in Konigssee, I hiked up to the Eagles Nest, a Third Reich-era building built for Hitler, settled atop the summit of Kehlstein. It was rad (but waaaay too much cardio for this gal).
- Got pulled up to do the Whistler World Cup. Traveled 20+ hours across 9 time zones and jet-lag was a real jerk. I was out of my mind for 3 days, and lost 10 lbs. Trained well, only placed 10th.
- Also raced in the Lake Placid World Cup. My family came to watch me suck epically (<–sorry, just being honest) and lose my track record to an Austrian. I placed 15th, which was mentally tough to handle on a track I typically slide well on.
- Went home for the holidays. Ate all the Christmas cookies (gainz, y’all), spent all the time with my family and gave my dog Boris all the snugs.
- Traveled to Calgary, Canada on New Year’s Day for ICC races #5 + #6. My flight was delayed by 6 hours and TSA broke my runner case. Had to deal with baggage claims to remedy the problem at 2:00am. Almost cried.
- Decided I don’t dislike the Calgary track anymore, and placed 7th & 3rd!
- Flew back to Lake Placid for the final ICC races of the season. REDEMPTION RUNS! I won both races and finished the ICC circuit ranked 2nd overall.
- QUALIFIED FOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS!
That’s right! Because I am currently ranked 3rd in the US, I qualified for World Championships in Konigssee, Germany. I made my way across the pond just under two weeks ago to start training and preparations. Official training started this week, and I race this Friday & Saturday!
If you are interested in watching, below are the links to Heats 1 & 2, taking place on Friday. Check out the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation (IBSF) YouTube channel, where they stream all of our races, for links to Heats 3 & 4 on Saturday. NBC also has some rights to this video in the states, so check your local listings to see when NBC (or NBC Sports) decides to replay!
Heat 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICpz6hPfmHY
Heat 2*: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RK5hKC5vrfc
(**If the link doesn’t work, you may need to use a VPN to access Heat 2. This is typically what NBC owns the rights to, and won’t always let you stream it in the US)