Hello again friends!
So sorry for the late post! Once I got home, I got swept up in the holiday fever (and let’s be honest, this gal had a ton of Christmas shopping to complete!) and completely forgot to get this post up! Better late than never!
Last week’s stop found us in Calgary, Canada! The 1988 Olympic track is a much different beast from that of Lake Placid- it’s a low pressure, glider’s track that involves doing a whooole lot of nothing. Sounds easy, right?
Spending so much time in Lake Placid made sliding Calgary it a bit of a difficult transition for me. I really struggled to pick up the rhythm of the track- I was overworking everything instead of just relaxing and letting things happen.
Two days prior to the race, I finally had a decent day of training. Although the runs weren’t pristine and I was still overworking some things, the times were finally getting to where they should be. I hit my first time in the 57 second range and was starting to feel much better!
Unfortunately, the race day didn’t go exactly as planned. I did set new personal records on my start on both runs, but struggled with the bottom of the track. As you fix issues up, you pick up more speed down the track, which changes timing at the bottom of the track. Subsequently, I had some issues out of kriesel- Curve 9 in Calgary, and a very large curve with 3 pressures- and got a little out of control. And by out of control, I mean even the announcer commented that things were getting a little crazy (heck, I was thinking the same thing, and I was the one riding the sled!). After my first run I was sitting in 11th place and hoping to move up a few spots on the second run, but unfortunately it was a little more of the same! I finished the race in 11th.
While I’m not pleased about the finish, I’m trying to remind myself to focus on the positives. I PR pushed (despite not running it far enough both runs) and I had PR downtimes that were much faster than the last time I raced here 2 years ago. I leave Calgary knowing that I’ve slid faster than I ever have here, and that I still have more in the tank. I’ll take this lesson and move onward and perform better in my next race.
For now I’ll enjoy this holiday break with some family time- especially snuggling with this cutie!- and prepping for our trek overseas! I leave for Altenberg, Germany on New Year’s Eve and I’ll remain in Europe for about 10 weeks. I have six more World Cup races to go, and then World Championships in Winterberg, Germany! I’ll be sure to continue updating my blog from there, so stayed tuned!
Thanks again for all of the love and support! Hope everyone enjoyed their Christmases and spending time with their loved ones!