From a High to a Low… in more ways than one..

I never posted anything about the race two weeks ago in Koenigssee, Germany the week went by very quickly and before I knew it, it was time to prepare for the next race. I had my best ever finish in Koenigssee 9th place. I’ve never had a great race on that track, the 2007-2008 World Cup season I crashed out of the Kreisel corner lost my sled, and had a DNF (did not finish) in the race. Training was decent all week, and I steadily got faster each day and figured something else out. I was so pleased with my race, this was the fastest I have ever slid there and just had a few mistakes I would have loved to have been able to correct on race day. Since I’m trying to take more positives than negatives from everything each day I left with what I did accomplish correctly. The corners I continued to do well in training were great and there a few other corners that I cleaned up and all but one pressure in kreisel was much better than training.

I walked away from Germany on a high, happy with myself and that I was able to put a great race together and be in the top ten there. The next stop, St. Moritz, Switzerland (also known as The Top of World), this is the only natural (fully man-made) track left in the world. Each year they cut ice blocks from the frozen lake and shape the ice and snow to create the track. There is a template they follow, but no year is ever the same as the last. Its a different feeling sliding on the natural track, you sound different going down, you can hear every mistake you make and you aren’t always fast when you think you should be. I would say the best feeling there is leading into the last two left handed corners on the track, you can hear the speed, the wind going past you through your helmet and feel the cold air going down your arms. At the bottom you are hauling, women normally reach about 135kph or about 84mph, one of the fastest tracks in the world.

Gorgeous view from anywhere you look!
Gorgeous view from anywhere you look!

My training week was only decent and I wasn’t really happy with much, I spend a lot of time listening to music with a lot of alone time but felt that I knew exactly what I had to do the night before the race in order to have the results I wanted. It all came down to letting my sled do what it wanted, being free and not forcing it to any lines that I felt it needed to take. I had a great start, and finally went mostly straight through the first two kinks and the insanely long straight away connecting them to the next corner named Wall. I felt a few skids in the next corners, but my Horseshoe corner (what the track is known for) was great all week, I had height and could hold decent time through the next few corners so even with the skids I had I didn’t stress on my sled.

I went heading down the straightaway into Horseshoe and instantly my chest felt the pressure, which just wasn’t right. The next thing I knew I was crushing the roof of the corner (we call it the wood because that is what it is made of) At that moment it was like I came to, realized what happened and was in utter shock, I’ve never done that before. The hit sent me straight to the bottom of the corner and then back up to the top just missing the wood again upon exiting. I was flying off my sled trying everything to hold on because it is much worse to lose your sled sometimes and I would have been disqualified from the race. I held on with acrobatic form, while getting my metal saddle to my hip. Oh I was in so much pain, my knee smashed on the ice and I knew there was no possible way I would be getting a second run.

When I finally made it to the bottom all I wanted to do was cry, I took my helmet off and just tried not to look at the camera. I went to put my warm clothes on in the finish house and just screamed with tears running down my face. No crying sound, just tears and pure anger, frustration and disbelief in myself. I spoke to no one and got on the truck to go back to the top, my hat puled down all the way over my eyes, hood on I could see where I was going but I didn’t want anyone to see me. I was so embarrassed of what had just happened, I just didn’t understand it. Our team medical staff took me into another room to see if I was alright, I just kept saying I hit my knee its the only thing that hurts and at this point I couldn’t stop crying. It turned into a hyperventilating style of crying and I had to focus on breathing only in order to stop. Two of my long time friends and competitors Austrian Janine Flock (who won that race for her first ever World Cup win) and German Anja Huber-Selbach stood there with me as well until I calmed down. It’s those moments that help you realize why you put yourself through so much, because the friends that I race against will always be there for me the same as I would be there for them whenever they need it. I’ve known some of these girls for about ten years now, thats longer than I’ve kept a number of friends.

It just goes to show you that there is always something to learn, it isn’t always about the race instead it is about who will be there for you when you need to be picked back up, who will help you move forward into the next week of racing, and who knows exactly what you are feeling because they have been there too. Every week this season I have learned something new about myself,  as an athlete, as a person and how to be a better friend. Without family and friends life wouldn’t be fulfilling. So, as upset as I was about race my friends were there to hug me and pick me up through it, and it could have been much worse. I’m lucky that I only have a bruised hip-flexor and a damaged ego. I can heal the hip and rebuild the ego especially knowing I have so many people who support me.

What do you do when you need to get out of the hotel the day after a bad race.. well, you walk around one of the  most beautiful places in the world: St. Moritz, and the day just seems that much better. And its onto the next week.. La Plagne, France; my absolute favorite place, best ever world cup finish of 2nd and more perfect than you could even imagine!

Beautiful day for shopping and walking in St. Moritz
Beautiful day for shopping and walking in St. Moritz

Just a little what not to do in Horseshoe…

Don't go in and hit the roof (luckily it was my sled and not my head that hit)
Don’t go in and hit the roof (luckily it was my sled and not my head that hit)
Because if you hit the roof this will then happen.. From a high to a low...
Because if you hit the roof this will then happen.. From a high to a low…
To another extreme high which will then cause and extremely painful low.
To another extreme high which will then cause and extremely painful low.

Lake Placid and Calgary.. the good and the bad..

Well, I suppose I reverted back to my old ways of blog posting, I don’t think I’ll ever be like my sister Kaitlin who posts something every day. Lets be honest, it’s hard enough for me to post updates on Facebook and Twitter often. The Internet isn’t great over here in Altenberg, Germany so I can’t upload any pictures with this post. My plan is to make an end of the season photo post taking everyone through my trip so you can see the places that we go to, and the crazy weather that we always have!

There have been two World Cup races since my last post, Christmas and New Years as well. So much to catch everyone up on, I’ll start with the two races that got the World Cup season going; Lake Placid,  and Calgary.

Lake Placid was an interesting week; I had an awesome week of training and felt great leading into the race. The first day of training I had a personal best down time (faster than my official track record there). I made a small change to my sled which I shouldn’t have, but this was not the cause of my problems in the race. For anyone who hasn’t watched a race before we wear a bib, this goes over our race suit, and is normally orange on the top and white on the bottom with your race number on it and the World Cup sponsor. I was off 11th, just after the 2 minute commercial break. I was standing outside waiting to be told 1 minute until the track was cleared for me.  I took off my booties covering my shoes, got my pants off, waited a few moments and started to unzip my jacket as I did that I looked down and only saw black. It hit me, my heart was already pounding when I realized I didn’t have my bib on I raced inside the start house running into the door and some person grabbed my bib and ran back outside. Of course it was inside out, Tuffy is holding my sled and my helmet, I’m shaking while my other coach Brian is trying to help me put my bib on, all while I’m screaming I can’t I just can’t (because I couldn’t get it turned right side out or get my arm in the sleeve).  Tuffy put my sled down, I got my helmet on bent down and you could visibly see my legs shaking I started pushing my sled (slower than I ever have in a race). I wanted to make up for what I had just done so I tried to be perfect down the track and that was a bad idea. I crossed the finish line and made my way up the outrun, saw the clock and just put my head in my hands.  I didn’t want to do anything but cry, I was so angry at myself, I’m not a rookie how could I possibly do this! We instantly turned it into a joke, which was helpful and I made sure to show the coaches before run two that I was fully dressed with my bib on and everything.

When something goes wrong you believe you can fix it on the next run, I knew exactly what I had to do and if I had an awesome run I could move up a few spots. Instead I tried to be too perfect again!  I made even more mistakes and basically went slow again! I didn’t move up any and finished the first race of the season in 9th.

After that I said I would move on and do better in Calgary the next week. Calgary was an interesting week of training, nothing really ever went right, I never went fast and never got relaxed on my sled. Race day came and I don’t think I believed in myself at all. I was so far behind from the first run I had put myself in such a hole it seemed like there was no coming back from it. After the first run, I put my headphones in and turned on JLo’s newest album A.K.A. (I love JLo and could listen to her all day!!!) I had it on repeat and other than getting feedback from the coaches I talked to no one, acknowledged nothing and hopped the fence that I wasn’t supposed to for my warm up. I was able to have a faster second run, but since my first was so slow I only moved up one spot. However I did let my sled “run” (or do what it wants to) a little more which was a positive to take from the day. I finished the race in a disappointing 12th place.

Racing is stressful, and something that takes a long while to perfect. My last full World Cup season in 2011-2012 I had really figured out what helps me race best. These last two seasons a lot had changed and that no longer worked for me, or I basically felt like I forgot how to race. It is easy to expect to do well and want or wish to do well but not take the steps to make you better. The first part of the season was a reality check, or better yet a slap in the face.  The Christmas break was just what I needed to get my head back on straight and the drive to be the best to push me for this next part of the season.

My positives to take from both of these races: my start is coming back, I feel fast and healthy and know that I’ll be right  back to where I need to be before the season is over. This is a great start to the quad, its a long four years, and I have a lot to learn about myself still as an athlete and a slider.

When it Rains…

I sent this Irish Blessing to one of my sisters a few months back, I was having a hard day today and it just came to me that I needed to read it again. So, I thought it would be best to share with others.

I wish you not a path devoid of clouds,

Nor a life on a bed of roses

Not that you might never need regret

Nor that you should never feel pain.

No, that is not my wish for you

 

My wish for you

That you might be brave in times of trial,

When others lay crosses upon your shoulders.

When mountains must be climbed and chasms are to be crossed;

When hope scarce can shine through.

 

That every gift God gave you might grow along with you.

And let you give the gift of joy to all who care for you.

 

That you may always have a friend who is worth that name.

Whom you can trust,

And who helps you in times of sadness.

Who will defy the storms of daily life at your side.

 

One more wish I have for you:

That in every hour of joy and pain you may feel God close to you.

This is my wish for you, and all who care for you.

This is my hope for you, now and forever.

Sometimes I think it is easier to sit and mope instead of taking the time to call your family and friends. If my Internet was better this week I would call everyone. Instead I’m working on emailing. Although not as good its better than nothing. My favorite line in this blessing would have to be “And let you give the gift of joy to all who care for you.”

My $5 fund…

I thought I would give everyone a little insight on “My $5 fund” all of my coworkers have been asking me how my fund is

Sunset at the beach while having dinner at Guppies in FL. Mom and me!doing lately so I figured why not share a little of my oddness with everyone else. 

doing lately so I figured why not share a little of my oddness with everyone else.

A little background about “the fund;” a few years ago my Aunt sent me this article along with a $5 bill. The article was about a woman who wanted to take her family on vacation she decided to save up every $5bill until she had enough to afford a week vacation for her family of five. It took her about a year to take them on a week vacation to the beach.

It became just a little something for me to do, work on saving money and not spending any of it, and before I knew it when we had cash tips at work my coworkers always handed me the $5’s because they knew I would put them in “my fund.” It has gotten to the point that if I am out and want a coffee I have to look in my wallet first and if I only have 5’s I won’t buy anything. I make it a point to not spend any of them, instead I put them in the bank (the bank tellers must think I’m nuts always giving them $5 bills).

Need some more recent family pictures I suppose, this is from 2010!

But who cares, I have a purpose for this fund. It was originally going to be my vacation fund for who knows when, then it changed to how long can I really save all of these $5’s. Until maybe sometime this past winter when I wanted my mom to come to Europe and visit, but we had World’s in Lake Placid and that was the big goal. All of this made me realize that our trip to Russia as a family in 18 months is going to be an expensive one. That is when my $5 fund finally had an official purpose, it has become the Russia 2014 Olympic fund.

I will continue to go out of my way to not spend a single $5 bill, to see how many I end up with come February 2014. I had the sweetest customers at work a few weeks ago. They asked what I did and I told them my whole skeleton story. Their first question after how crazy are you was; is your mother going to be able to go to Russia with you. I began to tell them about my $5 fund (they are the first customers I ever told this story to), I explained that everyone is coming to Russia no if ands or buts. They were so kind and went into their wallet and took out a $5bill just for my fund.

Florida vacation before heading back to LP for training, Aunt Susan, Mom, Uncle Jimmy and me.

Maybe I am feeling extra Olympic because opening ceremonies are tomorrow and I don’t have work so I can stay home and watch which I am so excited for. For the Vancouver opening ceremonies in 2010 I had to work, so my roommate/teammate Rachelle and I decided we needed to record them. The DVR in the athlete lounge was full so we went out and bought a VHS tape just to record them! She watched while I was at work and when I came home we watched them on our VHS tape. It didn’t occur to us until long after that we probably could have just found them online and watch later as well. Taping it ourselves was more fun! Just excited I get to watch tomorrow.

Just wanted to share a little bit with everyone while it was on my mind. But, seriously if you have anything to save up for this is a great way to do it. Might take a little long but I feel more dedicated to my cause this way!

11th and 12th in Calgary ICC Races

For the first time having a race in Calgary the weather was beautiful. It was about 40 degrees and sunny everyday. We were all just about shocked, as windy as ever though. Except for the first race it was just about the best racing weather we could have had!

I was training better than I have been all season and I was pretty happy with my runs except for one mistake that I kept making in an important spot. I didn’t quite get it for the first race either and ended up finishing 12th.  I was really hoping for some better results, maybe next time.

I fixed corner 8 (my major problem) for run 1 of race 2 and ended up in 12th place. I had a horrible second run from the start. I almost stepped in the groove and got a little off-balance which isn’t like me, but as soon as I got on my sled I said ok now just be perfect. It was the furthest thing from perfect let me tell you. I made every mistake you don’t want to make.

Onto the next and last ICC race of the season though. We were all headed back down to Park City, Utah. And guess what yet again we were driving. I was in the car with John and Keslie driving our teammate Eric’s F150 which I fell in love with on the drive.

It was actually one of the best car rides ever. John got a phone call from our coaches and he found out he was going to the Olympics. The three of us started screaming and didn’t stop for a while. It was awesome to see how happy and excited John was and still is. I think being there with him when he got that phone call, made my season.

3rd and 5th in Lake Placid

Two team trials races down, two to go. Wednesday was the first race here in Lake Placid, it went pretty well, I got 3rd. I didn’t have the best runs that I had wanted but I kept it together and took 3rd. The second race was on Thursday and well it didn’t go as well. I was in 4th after the first run and had a horrible looking second run, so I moved back a spot to 5th. I was pretty disappointed with that but I am doing better now.

I wanted to go to Park City knowing that I was in a good place to make the world cup team, but instead I will just have to come from behind and slide the best I ever have in Park City.

My mom, dad, sister, aunt, and uncle came to the races here. It was great having them. I always love having family come and watch. It keeps everything a little more relaxed because I can spend my time with them not just sitting in my room.

I got my brand new sled though and it has been amazing to slide on. It is completely sized for me so I think this entire season will be great.

Well I have packed as much as possible, hopefully my suitcase isn’t too heavy since I know my sled and runners are wayy too heavy. My flight is at 11, so I have a shuttle leaving the training center at 7am. So much better than the 2am shuttles that I normally have because of the 6am flight.

I have a few more things to finish cleaning. I’ll write some more after I do my homework tomorrow once I get to Park City.

Up All Night

Well right now it is about 2:30 in the morning and I am just sitting in the lobby of the training center eating a tuna fish sandwich drinking some water and having a banana. I am not crazy i am only doing this because I have a shuttle to Albany in about a half an hour.

I am flying to Colorado Springs with the other bobsled and skeleton athletes that are here for the annual team camp. All the athletes, coaches and staff get together and have board meetings, an annual gala, workouts, and media training and other things like that. It is a lot of fun. I enjoy getting together with everyone and working out. I haven’t seem half of the team since February, which don’t get me wrong is a good thing I am just excited to see everyone.

I decided to stay up and wait for the shuttle because I didn’t get off of work until about 12;00, and I had a little bit of packing left to do and shower. I a exhausted right now,  I am just hoping that I can fall asleep on the 2 hr shuttle ride then sleep the entire way on the plane.

This post is probably a little confusing, I apologize for that I just realized I am not making much sense. I’m going to finish up my snacks then see if I sleep. Although this shuttle ride is going to be interesting I am overhearing that the bus doesn’t have enough gas, and no place is open since its 2 in the morning. I think they want to squeeze 12 large athletes in a van. This is not going to work so its going to be funny.

I will let you know the outcome when I get to Colorado. I plan on laying outside by the pool tomorrow until we have our welcome dinner.

Picture Post, Second Half.. finally right

Amazing mountains driving up towards Igls Nest
Amazing mountains driving up towards Igls Nest

After spending Christmas and New Years at home, I packed what I would call a months worth of clothes and my equipment and headed to Europe. I say what I would call a month of clothes because with all of the tools and extra bags and snow gear that I travel with I most definitely don’t bring enough shirts or jeans! That’s when you wash your clothes in the bathtub, its quite fun actually.

First stop in Europe was Konigssee, Germany for World Junior

Morning of the race World Junior Championships
Morning of the race World Junior Championships

Championships. I finished 8th in this race, not exactly what I was hoping for but I was having a hard time with Kreisel (a 360 degree corner with very high pressures and oscillations). Don’t get me wrong 8th was much better than the world cup race the year before with my amazing crash out of Kreisel. It was a crazy looking crash. Only fun to laugh at now because I didn’t get hurt from it! The best part about Konigssee is the Hofbrauhaus. They have the most amazing beer in such an awesome atmosphere! Great prices too, you can get a beer and a pretzel for about $4.

The drive from Konigssee to Munich to pick up a teammate, Kimber was

Stopped traffic on the autobahn
Stopped traffic on the autobahn

next.  It’s only about a 2hr drive normally. Caleb and myself drove up the mountain that Hitler’s Igls Nest is on. Since it was winter we couldn’t drive all the way to the top, but the picture at the top of the post is from a stop we made. It was beautiful! After that we headed to the Autobahn to continue the drive. We were on the autobahn and the over signs were lit up but I just thought it meant slow traffic ahead. Made sense from the picture of cars and the word Stau. Well come to find out Stau meant stopped traffic. We came to a full on stop with nothing in sight. When stopped in traffic in Europe everyone turns off their engines and gets out of the car and just walks around. We were stopped for about 3hrs, all of which I had to use the bathroom. It was horrible, I was the happiest camper when we started moving again.

Caleb me and Kimber top of Cortina
Caleb me and Kimber top of Cortina

Once we picked up Kimber we headed to Cortina, Italy for not even a 24hr stop. There is a bobsled track in Cortina but skeleton does not use it. This was supposed to be the first year we could compete on it but due to financial problems they did not open the track. We wanted to see the town since we were probably never going to go there otherwise. The drive in was the most amazing, it looked as if we would just fall off the edge. The town itself was very cute, and small. We had the best dinner at the hotel. I love Italy they feed you so much it is incredible! The next day we went searching for the bobsled track, it was covered with snow and took us a long time to find. The corners are very tall and tight, it would be a very difficult and painful track for skeleton.

We were on our way to Cesana, Italy but decided to take about 2 hours and stop in Venice. Unfortunately it was a rainy, muggy day but it was still

The canals of Venice
The canals of Venice

amazing to see Venice. We had the best pasta for lunch and the waiter had told us that just three weeks before all the streets had flooded about a foot and a half. I was surprised at how much graffiti was on the very old buildings. The whole time I was wishing that someone or the entire family could have been there also. I really think that every place I am, I am so lucky I get to travel to all these beautiful places but I wish everyone could come as well. I did a little shopping for Murano Glass necklaces, they are the most beautiful things I had seen in a long time. Shortly after the weather was getting worse and we needed to head to Cesana. I want to go back to Venice soon though!

Climbed to the top of the snow pile
Climbed to the top of the snow pile

We had two races in Cesana this year, just like last season world cup. I will admit I was not looking forward to them. There was so much snow in Cesana a record I think for the town. We stay up about 2000more ft up the mountain in Sestriere. It is beautiful there and there was about 7ft of snow. The first night we got there till the morning they got about another 2ft. I have never

Start Cesana, Italy
Start Cesana, Italy

seen that much snow in my life it was amazing! Training was going alright I was doing better than I was the year before but still not catching on as much as I would have liked. Race day #1 did not go so well for me I finished 12th. Race day #2 I had the best first run of the week, but my second run was so bad that I ended in 7th place just outside the medals. It was ok I learned a lot a was still pretty happy.

The three of us headed on a little detour because we had about 3 days off

Trying to climb the castle
Trying to climb the castle

without sliding. We went to wine country in Italy. We met with 2 winemakers and they sat and opened many bottles of wine for us. It was all wonderful, they were very generous and kind. The towns were so cute, we got there on a Sunday so nothing was going on, but the weather was gorgeous so we enjoyed ourselves. We found an amazing pizza place for dinner that night and just relaxed.

The next stop was Igls, Austria, one of my favorite

First cup medal!
First cup medal!

places mainly for the start. Its long and flat perfect for me to push fast, but hard to find speed. We stay and slide in Igls but Innsbruck is just down the mountain and it is a beautiful town, very old

6th place Igls, Austria
6th place Igls, Austria

but there is a lot to do. The race went really well I finished in 6th place, behind some veterans who have been sliding for years. I always want to do better but I realized a little bit about getting speed out of this track.

The last stop of the European Tour was also the first, back to Konigssee,

Loading the sled
Loading the sled

Germany for a final race. I had different problems this time. But again a second time for more learning is always good. I enjoy this track even though I have had so much trouble on it. I finished in 9th place, which was not what I had planned. I had a great first run and just a few mistakes the second, but it cost me a few places and I fell back. By the end of the trip nothing too exciting was happening, it was just time to head back to the states. A month in Europe changing locations every week is taxing. But I love it still and wouldn’t have it any other way.

Sorry this took so long to finish. I loose track of days I guess even my month. Everything gets so scrambled. I won’t let it happen again this summer!

Picture Post

Lake Placid in the fall
Lake Placid in October, on a foggy day

I am sitting in front of my computer completely bored just listening to music, Staind to be exact. But I thought this would be the best time to take a picture or two from every stop I had this season and just give a little explanation of each place. I need to upload all of my pictures from this year to my picasa account which I will do next time I am too bored!

Ice Burn, the healing process
Ice Burn, the healing process

First things first, this is what I did to my shoulder the week before team trials in Lake Placid. I hit coming out of corner 14, smashed the wall, flipped over and my shoulderwas the first thing to hit the wall. I advise you to skip this picture if you aren’t into gross things. This is it after healing for about a week and a half .

I didn’t take any pictures during team trials in Park City. I was having a hard time with sliding and my shoulder still hurting. I wasn’t in the best mood during those 2 weeks. One week of team trials and the second race were the first America’s Cup races. They didn’t go over very well for me. I still wasn’t completely on my sliding game.

Calgary for the America’s Cup races #3 and #4. These were much better I got

3rd place Calgary America's Cup races
3rd place Calgary America's Cup races

third both days. I drove up with three of my other girl teammates. It was a fun but long drive. If you want to hear a great story about using Craigs list to find housing, just ask me I’ll write another post that will probably make you fall off of your chair you will be laughing so hard. Really the whole trip was hilarious with not having our sleds, then when we did the track being about 8 seconds slow! Ohhh the memories!

2nd Place Lake Placid America's Cup races 5 and 6
2nd Place Lake Placid America's Cup races 5 and 6

It was then back to Lake Placid for America’s up races #5 and #6. I had so many races by this point and it was only November. I was just looking for consistency with runs and learning more about myself during races. These races were definitely my season confidence boosters, I had personal record down times both races and my runs were with a few hundredths of each other!

Back to Calgary for the start of the Intercontinental Cup Circuit. I decided to

The majority of the drive up I-15. So straight and flat.
The majority of the drive up I-15. So straight and flat.

fly into Park City because it was a lot cheaper. I rented a car and took the drive to Calgary for the second time in one month but by myself this time. I

Hello Montana! Getting closer to Canada
Hello Montana! Getting closer to Canada

couldn’t convince anyone to drive with me. But I had the most amazing drive. It took me about 14hrs and I didn’t really get tired. The weather

Team Picture
Team Picture

wad perfect and I loved seeing the country by myself. I took a bunch of pictures but I’ll only post a few. I finished 4th in the Intercontinental Cup race that week.  Now my drive back to Park City was not at all as wonderful on the way up. I left after the race about 4pm, and took a teammates GPS. Along with everyone’s sled for a little gas money, because flying out of Calgary they don’t like to let your sled on the plane.  Worst idea ever to follow the GPS. Again another amazingly funny story this one might make you pee your pants! Lets just say I got lost (the way I wasn’t familiar with) went through Glacier National Park late at night with frozen roads, gusting snow covered roads. It was a horrible trip. I’ll go into more detail if anyone wants to laugh themselves silly! I wish one of my sisters or my parents were with me to share the craziness with. It might not have happened if they were, but I would love to be able to travel with one of them someday. Maybe…

Park City Intercontinental Cup Races didn’t go over too well. Put it this way I didn’t race that well in Park City this year at all. I had huge plans to do so great and get a lot of points. Instead I finished the races (of course we had two how lucky) 11th and 12th. Not surprising but I don’t have any pictures whatsoever from these races either. Nothing special I guess that’s why. I was really hoping to have pictures from everywhere, but man I really did have fun in Park City. Better luck next year I guess!!

Back to Lake Placid for one more race before Christmas. I must have been in a

Training day in Lake Placid at the start
Training day in Lake Placid at the start

rut by this point because for Lake Placid being my home track I didn’t do so well. I finished 7th, and no you guessed it I don’t have any pictures. I have no clue what happened during this race, I think I expected to do better which is the reason why I didn’t. I wasn’t working hard enough or learning how what I should have been from my mistakes in training. I found a picture I couldn’t end this post without one!

I am going to get ready for bed because it is getting late, and this post if quite long so come back tomorrow night for the picture update on the second half of the season in Europe!!