Last weekend my team and I were in Seefeld, AUT for the Nordic Combined World Cup! It was a special event known as the Seefeld Triple, it's a three day event where each day affects the next. The first day of competition everyone gets to ski (no qualification), it is a one jump 5km race and only the top 50 finishers get to compete the next day. Based on how far back from the leader you finish you have that defecit to make up the next day. The second day is a one jump 10km race, only the top 30 finishers from the second day get to compete on the third and final day. The last day is usually a two jump 15km race, however due to weather this year it was another one jump 10km (only top 30 from the day before). Our entire team advanced to the second day of competition but unfortunately Bryan was the only one to advance to the final day of competition. I was ok with my performance in this event, my jumping was starting to get better and my skiing felt good as well. By no means am I where I want to and believe I can be but progress was made. FIS put together a really cool video on how the jumping is calculated and how it effects the cross country race. Check it out below.
I am now back in Slovenia preparing for a Continental Cup competition here in Planica this weekend. I am very excited for this as it is the closest thing to a home hill advantage I have in Europe! I am also starting my endurance preparation for World Junior Championships as that is the main focus of my season. Planica is lacking the amount of snow that most of Central Europe has right now so we are still praying for more snow every night. I am more and more pleased with how my jumping is coming along leading up to World Junior Championships and believe in my endurance plan that is in place in order to best prepare me for what will hopefully be a personal best at this years World Junior Championships. If you want to check up on this weekends upcoming competitions before my update next week go here, then click on the 'Planica' link. Below are some pictures from my past two weeks of travel and competition on the World Cup circuit!