I know, I’m running the TRs out of order. 😛
Sick again. There seems to be a correlation between thaw and being sick for this skier !!! Next step: multiple regression 😦
Started late Thursday and dragging on. I didn’t go skiing with the family on Saturday: Caroline bringing both girls to their respective programs. Today Tara had her music class so I headed going to the hill. I wasn’t sure in the morning if I was okay, but I survived.
Sunday the 3rd
The kids were training in a sick slalom on Strief. Wednesday rain and deep freeze afterwards turn the base ice hard. It would have been hard to slideslip that course. I had gotten the headups from Caroline the night before, so instead of choosing my skis according to what I wanted to ski, I simply choose the ones I had with the sharpest edges…call it sick and lazy. Those skis were my good GS skis which I hadn’t used since my health issue at the first Masters’ Race last season.
Skied only Strief, trying to see how Morgane was skiing. Wondering if I should have changed her skis? I had brought her old pair and see her in the course with them, but she thought her new one skied better. I didn’t see a difference. There a few factors on the technical and mental side that might explain why it looks like she’s struggling. Mind you, it was super icy for everyone. Wondering if they water injected the course or had a zamboni pulled by a winch snowcat?
As I’m standing at the top of the pitch, I see Gail in her 70s lifting her arms in victory as she exits Shot Gun! Shot Gun was open!!! Rode the new fixed quad for the first time this year: it’s rarely open. I didn’t ski Zoomer today, only Easter Bowl or Olympic to Streif with a final run down Shot Gun. And skied Shot Gun with my good GS skis. It had a few rocks embedded in the trail. The trail had been groomed and their was a cluster of skiers all tangled up in the sharp turn at the top of the final pitch as I’m coming at good speed. The run was hard was pretty slick; I’m sure the conditions were so much better one month ago when it was closed. Prior to Edelweiss making snow on it and two rain/thaw cycles. It was a good day with a sunny -10c even if I wasn’t 100%.
Tuesday evening February 5th
This was our first evening training session as Morgane wasn’t sick and her end of semester exams were over. As for myself, I was still hacking and coughing.
This was our first Tuesday evening training. The training usually starts at 6pm; at that time we were still in Ottawa and about to leave. We got at the hill at 6:45pm. Evening training isn’t as popular and the kids a lot more mileage with quieter liftlines. Beautiful evening with a few flakes falling…tourist in the course and snow.
The coach had set a top-to-bottom GS which in part look like a Super G on Olympic/Strief. There was the odd tourist in the danger which was pretty dangerous considering that you have some kids that are faster than most adults. There was one close call with a lady that has crashed and was lying in the course at the bottom of the steep Strief pitch.
The base was firm, the course was hard in the pitch. At the hill and still hacking and couching. I brought my slalom skis this evening, but I should have had my GS skis like Sunday, especially after I decided to take a look at Morgane’s run from a few gates behind. I almost lost it the pitch as Slalom aren’t made to ski fast and hard GS courses; I lacked stability plus my right knee didn’t like it. As I was in the pitch, I saw the coach and had a reflex of …”I shouldn’t be here”. I was also getting closer to my daughter and I became conscious that maybe a helmet would have been a good idea. It was -10c when we got there, but temperature dropped to -15c and it’s felt pretty cold. My feet were cold and my daughter had frozen feet despite her boot warmer, not sure what was up with that?