Once again the old blog has been neglected. Instead of listing all of my excuses for not updating my blog, such as weddings take more time than you would think, I will bring you up to speed as efficiently as possible.
Speaking of weddings, Andrea and I finally made it official and tied the knot on October 25th. I know this is old news, but people generally like this kind of stuff and maybe it will take their minds of the fact that this blog has not been updated in, ahem, four months.
We had a fantastic time at our wedding. We kept everything really small and as simple as possible and it all worked out just like we hoped. Unfortunately, we had no time for a honeymoon because we quickly departed for Sjusjoen, Norway and the start of the competition season.
The sun rises late at that time of year in Norway, but it makes for a great start to the morning training session.
Although the snow was a little sparse when we first arrived, we ended the camp with perfect skiing on endless K of groomed track. This was was my first time to Sjusjoen and it did not disappoint. I will be back in Sjusjoen to prepare for World Championships at the end of the season.
Another nice sunset in Norway. Generally, anytime you see the sun at this time of year, you take pictures, because you never know when it will happen again!
After Norway, we headed to Sweden for the start of the World Cup season. The first three weeks of the season flew by with 10 races in 21 days. It was a decent start to the season for me but I am definitely hoping for more. I was very happy with my ski form but I struggled a bit to find my groove on the shooting range. One day I would have solid prone followed by bad standing shooting and the next day I would have the exact opposite problem. For now I will just keep focusing on my game plan and not worry too much about the results. If I can stick to my plan, I know the results will eventually come.
Here is a picture a Lake Bled at the third World Cup stop in Slovenia. We get to travel to some amazing places!
This is another picture from Slovenia. Note the lack of snow. This was a recurring theme in period one of the World Cup.
After Slovenia, I headed back up to Oberhof, Germany for the Holiday break. I struggled a lot in the past with my health when traveling, so I decided to avoid any extra travel this season. I ended up only staying in Oberhof for only few days because they had no snow. Instead of training in the indoor ski facility here everyday, I decided to head to Obertilliach, Austria for the remainder of the break.
Obertilliach proved to be a nice place to spend the Holidays!
The snow conditions were solid and I was able to get in a great training block at altitude.
Sometimes I even had the entire range to myself!
I even had the chance to get fresh milk for my morning breakfast!
Has anyone else ever noticed how organized the wood piles are over here? And why does this bother me so much? First of all, we would never burn wood that small at home and we definitely would not spend that much time making it look so clean!
I arrived back in Oberhof last night. We only have three guys here in Oberhof so we won’t be racing the relay but I am looking forward to the Sprint and Mass Start this weekend. It has been great to have a little break, but it time to get back to racing!