I had a great race week with some fantastic competition out here at Ski Cooper in Leadville, Colorado. My first two races I got 9th, a career best for me in the North American Cup. For these races we didn't do time trials and strictly used our FIS points to build the bracket. With this technique, I ended up in very difficult early heats. Instead of getting upset about how badly I had been seeded, I looked at it with optimism because I had hard heats and thus I got to ski with people with far more experience and hill time than me. Being with such great athletes pushed me to ski my absolute best, so my skiing in and of itself was a victory even though my result wouldn't reflect it. We then had a Rev Tour, which I got 3rd in and also had fantastic competition. I had a great week because I got an opportunity to race against a lot of great competition and gauge my improvements on hill and really push myself to be the best skier I could be. Not to mention, I got to wear shorts off the hill about 75% of the time I've been out here! There's something about that Colorado sunshine that just makes everything better. Now, for a complete 180 degree turn, I'm off to Sugarloaf, ME, for some of the coldest racing I'm sure I'll be having all year. To be completely honest, I'm partially wondering why I would leave 50 and sunny for Sugarloaf even if the show is leaving town. Either way, I'm sure racing will be fun and I'm looking forward to getting back after it.
Erik's world ranking is moving on up from 257th to 178th place! On Friday, he will be flying out west to Ski Cooper, Colorado for the Holeshot/Revolution Tour. http://my.ussa.org/events/hole-shot-tour
He will get a few days of practice in before the events on February 17, 18 & 20th. May the speed force be with you, Erik.
Since last checking in with you, I’ve had several races and come back to the eastern United States. My races went well early on at Nakiska, but I was deteriorating due to trouble breathing and was unfortunately unable to start my last race. Since returning home, I have visited the doctor and been diagnosed with relatively mild asthma which warranted me getting an inhaler to use pre race. Keeping a positive outlook through my trials and tribulations can be difficult, but I try to keep in mind that becoming a great racer is a process and that figuring out where you have troubles and shortcomings is simply part of the process.
LAKE PLACID, NY - The Empire State Winter Games took place this past weekend. The event attracted 1,800 athletes competing in 23 different disciplines. Erik took home the gold medal, way to go Erik!
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