9km is a short race, but that doesn’t mean it is easier – quite the oppositie actually! On a flat course with minimal rest it was a power man’s course. You just had to work every single segment, including the downs as they were so gradual! It was good for me to really push with everything I had and I was satisfied at just how hard I forced my body work even when fatigued. I have lacked that top gear with slower tougher courses being much more prefereable, but today I felt I kept the urgency which is at least one improvement.
The result wasn’t what I was wanting, placing 6th and 15s off the podium. But the good news is that I know it is completely different on World Cup with far tougher courses and that’s what I have my sights set on. Tomorrow will be a 10km classic on a similar style of course but it’s good to have another opportunity to work on my weaknesses!