To say I've been spoiled with the weather and conditions in Davos the past couple of weeks would be an understatement. What started as a weak winter year in Switzerland, with rain and warm temperatures in December and January, has transformed into a winter wonderland within the past couple of weeks. The Swiss team has been incredibly hospitable and I joined them for this past weekend of racing in Campra, Ticino. I had a good hangout with a stomach infection for a week leading into the OPA Cup weekend so I only competed in the Skate sprint instead of all three races as part of the mini-tour. The bowels are back on track and I'm happy with my performance overall last week.
The racing in Campra for the OPA Cup this past weekend was incredibly fun! The course had a couple of fast and technical downhill sections and then a long uphill finish. It was well suited for my style of sprinting and although the qualifier wasn't great (thankfully avoided bailing on one of the descents) I felt like my body got better throughout the day and I was happy to finish in 4th amongst a good field of Germans, Italians, Swiss, French and Slovenians. The Swiss team did an incredible job with my skis and organization. They even put up with my attempts at speaking Swiss German...!
I am heading to Rogla, Slovenia tomorrow to race a skate sprint on Saturday and classic distance on Sunday. I have a World Cup start in Lahti, Finland the following weekend and am incredibly excited for the next couple of weeks. If you had asked me a month ago if I thought this was possible, well, I probably would've laughed at you. Joke's on me!
Until next time - sun's out udder's out - peace out.