I am now in Klingenthal, GER for the last COC weekend of the year! It’s crazy to think we are down to the final week of the season, the season went by so fast. Last week we were in Chaux-Neuve, FRA for a weekend of COC competitions. It was not the weekend I was hoping to have but sometimes it works out that way. After a long time off of jumping I wasn’t able to pick up where I left off. Due to a large amount of snow and weather we weren’t able to jump earlier in the week. Each day I was able to get closer to the level of jumping I know I can compete at. I was able to improve each day but no where near where I want to be. On the first day of competitions I jumped to 41st with a bad jump. Going into the race I was still fairly close to top 30 so I was going into the race planning on making up as much time as I could. On the second lap I was ran into by another skier and fell just off the side of the course and got stuck in the snow bank. I lost a fair amount of time from this, and then at the beginning of the last lap I got my pole broken and fell again losing a fair amount of time again. After two falls I was struggling to get myself going again and ended up finishing the day in 42nd place. I was very unhappy with my day but after learning from my mistakes I was looking forward to moving on to the next day. That is why our sport is so cool, each day is a completly new day and a new start for everyone!
On the second day of competition I didn’t have my best jump again which is frustrating but it put me closer to points in 32nd place to start the race. I did not feel my best in Sunday’s race as I was starting to feel some built up fatigue from the season in my legs. I didn’t feel myself as I was lacking the kick I usually have over the top of the hills and picking up the pace. I ended up finishing the day in 30th place which is another top 30 finish but no where near what I expect from myself. It was a hard weekend for me but every athlete has challenging weekends. I will learn what I can from last weekend and look to improve upon my personal performance for this upcoming weekend. As it is the last weekend of competitions for the season I want to go out on a better note. What I mean by that is that I want to have a technically better weekend for myself so that I know I ended the season as good as I can with the fatigue my body is starting to feel. If you want to check up on results before my next update click here and then click on ‘Klingenthal.’ I am very excited for this weekend as we are competing on the largest jump on the circuit, a HS142! It is very fun to end the season on a hill that is exhilarating on every jump! Thanks for following along!
Below is a cool video on the equipment control testing that athletes must pass on competition day! Some cool insight on how the officials are trying to make the sport as fair as possible!