I am now enjoying a two-week break from World Cup action after racing 9 times in the last three weeks. Like last year, I have decided to spend the Holidays in Germany to avoid any extra travel. I need as much time as possible to first recover and then put in a solid training block before the World Cup starts up again after the new year. Although I miss spending time with my family during the Holidays, the extra stress of travel is a bit too much at this crucial time of the season.
The first few World Cups definitely did not go exactly as planned but I am not overly concerned with my start. My skiing has been strong, my prone shooting has been solid, but I really struggled with my standing shooting. I felt great with my standing shooting all year so I am not about to panic and start trying all sorts of new things. I am going to stick to my routine and I am confident that things will turn around soon.
Last year at this time I was ranked number one in the World. The funny part about that is that I know I am a better athlete this year. But that does not matter if I can’t show those improvements on race day. For now, I will keep plugging away, trying to improve everyday and I know that sooner or later I will show my full potential on race day. Sitting around and sulking about some poor performances is not going to help me reach the podium later on this season!