Unfortunately the amazing weather came to an end for Sunday’s race – the 1.5km Freestyle Sprint. This was just the start to quite a very uncommonly fierce storm. Snow fell quite heavily Sunday morning however the temp at around -9°C was quite an irregular occurrence in this part of the world. Luckily the wind remained very light for the duration of the racing however this was about to change in a big way!
Warming up before the time trial was quite concerning as the fatigue built up from Saturday’s classic race was being felt in full force! After completing a short 1min30s effort and feeling quite lactic and generally sore I was not expecting big things at all, however after this I began to relax more and gradually began feeling remarkably better. My Time Trial was decent, and I certainly worked to my complete capacity, however probably the most satisfying part of it came in the finishing straight where I felt much more controlled and efficient than I normally would with legs overflowing with Lactic Acid. This has been a huge problem for me to overcome and I now feel as though I am gradually improving in this area which feels great. I posted a time some 19s off the winner’s time – Simeon Hamilton (USA) which gave me 122 FIS points and 12th rank. Phil Bellingham also skied well, a further 6s off my time but only one position behind in 13th.