It’s been another whirlwind between Colorado and Salt Lake City, but I’ve made it through another week of school and now I’m back where I belong – SKIING!
Last week’s weather was challenging but very productive as well. I’ve been needing more training in ruts and variable conditions, and that’s exactly what I got. The more I ski in all conditions, the better I feel overall about the upcoming season. You never know what you’ll get at a race – it could dump a few feet (courchevel 2011), it could be perfectly injected (Aspen, every year), it could be grippy chalky snow with only one groove (Andorra, 2011), or it could be slushy salted snow (Ofterschwang, most of the time.) I could probably add to this list if I thought a little harder about all the different races I’ve been to – NOT even to mention smaller FIS races, then you are really in for some crazy surprises!! But this all goes to show that ski racing is a super variable sport and training on one thing all the time will not get you very far. I absolutely love injected snow (At least I used to. I will report back later today to confirm that I still do!) but womens races are rarely injected anymore and it’s super important to feel your skis on different types of snow. Who knows what will be in Finland! I saw a picture of people injecting, which is awesome, but you never know how it will take, if it will snow on it and ruin it, or whatever….
SO with all that said, Loveland last week was exactly what I needed. I have to send out a ridiculously huge thank you to all the teams that let me jump in with them and for Loveland being such an awesome spot for training.
And another thank you to my friend Keri for writing this awesome article about my journey: http://wanderlustandlipstick.com/blogs/skigypsy/2013/11/07/the-road-to-sochi-2014-anna-goodmans-quest-for-gold/
This blog has many random pictures.. Mostly from powder mornings where we weren’t busy training yet…and some from me TUNING!! I am working on my ski tuning skills and trying to find out what works for me and how to make my skis perfect every time. AND the end of fall, my favourite season! Marco and I carved some pumpkins and enjoyed our last few days at home under the colourful leaves. Now that they’ve all fallen, it’s back to business.