Last weekend was a bit of a mixed bag for several reasons. First, we arrived a day and a half before our first race- so I spent my weekend of racing jet legged out of my mind. Fortunately, my first night I slept, but spent the following three nights getting four hours of sleep if I was lucky. The cool thing about this is I learned in situations like this your body just goes into survival mode and you don't even notice you don't sleep, until you have a huge delayed crash (which I had yesterday). The second part of the weekend was that having just gotten healthy the day before flying, I hadn't done any intensity since the last race a month ago in Davos. Instead of looking at this as a disadvantage though, I managed to convince myself it was good, as I would be very rested for the races. The third part of this weekend was that we were in the massive Italian city of Milan, ski racing!!
|The view just down the street from our race. City Center.|
|Machines laying down the courses the day before.|
|Ida and I standing out among the fashionable people surrounding us.|
|Warming up on the course with the castle visible in the background.|
|Sprinting. Fasterskier photo. Good article of the weekend at:|
|North American beauties with their flowers! Congrats to some impressive racing!!|
|Ida and I getting our cheer on for our teammates|
After the last race, we headed for the road eventually ending high up in the mountains of Seiser Alm, Italy. Driving in the dark and jumping in a snow cat to get to our hotel made waking up the next morning the most incredible thing! There was white mountains all around me, the sun was shining and it was gorgeous!! Just so beautiful. After putting on my skis and racing down the hill, the jet leg and lack of sleep finally hit. I became so tired I had to slow to a stop. If it wasn't so beautiful out, and I wasn't doing the best classic skiing I had all year- I believe I would have sat down and started to cry. I had finally hit the wall. As I walked up the hill in exhaustion, I started to think about how lucky I am. I get to ski in the most incredible places during the year of racing! Many people from the US dream about spending time in places like this, as it seriously feels like heaven!
|US ladies crew (minus Holly who is healing up her hand at the moment, but back soon)|
|Ida and I getting snuggly in our mini European pullout bed.|
|Newell getting his sled on!!|
|The sledding crew after the speediest, most enjoyable sled ride ever!|
Lets just hope they have snow, and it is a little warmer this time than last :)