This year the season opening World Cup in Solden, Austria did not go as well as last year for me because I did not finish the first run. Although it is hard to tell how you stack up against the competition if you don’t make it to the finish line, I feel confident with my skiing and good about how I skied before my mistake on race day. We had an excellence prep period this summer, ending in Saas Fee, Switzerland. Being in Saas Fee we had the best training around Europe as some of the other glaciers closer to Austria struggled with pre-season snowstorms. I spent ten days training GS on some steep and icy runs to get ready for the challenging race hill in Solden. During those ten days I managed to take some pretty big crashes and broke two pairs of skis as well as tearing the UCL tendon in my thumb, a.k.a. skiers thumb.
Moving forward, I have one month until my next race in Aspen on Thanksgiving weekend. During that time I am going to meet with my doctors and make a plan of action for healing my injured thumb. I am also going to be doing some dryland, as well as on snow training in various resorts that have started to open up in Summit country, Colorado. I will be doing some equipment testing and getting some repetition of good technique and consistency in all events but mostly, this month will give me a chance to get my head wrapped around this upcoming season and getting all the quirks hammered out before we start racing full time!
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