Straight after the Bruksvallarna races, we traveled to Davos, SUI where we have been training for 2 weeks. Having been at around sea level for the last 2months, heading back to 1600m is a real kick to the chest – hence the importance of getting here early and acclimatizing back to this level which is where all of the races in this next period will be held. In typical Davos fashion however, we have had sunshine every day. This is the view we see every day from our penthouse apartment (or attic… either way).
Some very mixed feelings came out of this weekends racing. Having started the race season in Bruksvallarna and then having a weekend off racing made me feel quite edgy! I’d gotten a taste of racing again and simply want more! It’s like eating one pringle and saving the rest for another week – Near on Impossible! So it was definitely a good feeling to get out there to test where exactly my form is.
Unfortunately Saturday’s 10km classic was a horrible experience. With extremely limited ski testing on the race track available, I went with a wax setup that I was certainly not comfortable with. I felt completely inefficient, leading to a frustratingly terrible result.
I know that I have good shape, but it was certainly a tough task convincing myself that things would be different the next day for the 10km skate. With the Saturday’s result and the lack of success I have had in most other 10km races recently I really had a tough mental task of getting my head back into gear. Thankfully, things were much different and the result showed. I was able to push right to my limit and felt I maintained some form of efficiency which is usually a real challenge for me once I head close to read line!. I skied 5.9% off the winners time (68 FIS Points) in 35th place. This gives me much more confidence leading into this weekend World Cup here in Davos. A 30km skate on this course here is probably a good definition of brutal, however with the longer distances feeling better for me recently I feel quite excited about it!