It’s been a bit of a tough finish to my season, unfortunately. Have just arrived home after spending five days in hospital in Zell am See, Austria. Snow conditions haven’t been the best this season with a lot of races canceled, warmer and less snow – looking positively spring-like when we left
March started with some slalom in Mutters with some pretty slushy weather and a couple of DNF’s. We then went to a few giant slalom races in Flumserberg in Switzerland, Petzen in southern Austria and Hochficht, northern Austria. In Flumserberg, the snow was a little on the soft side and very flat hill – I needed to be a couple tenths faster to make a result but managed to move from 30 to 16th both days.
My last series of races were some super g and super combined at Innerkrems. I had trouble with the super g, feeling crook and little energy, and was unable to start the slalom leg of the super-combined and progressively got worse. On visiting the doctor, I was put into hospital on a penicillin drip for acute tonsillitis, but further tests confirmed I also have glandular fever. Not ideal! The nurse had a bit of trouble getting the IV lines in, went through the vein but eventually managed to get one in! Breakfast wasn’t too bad apart from the gumboot coffee to start, but reduced to 3 slices white bread and enough jam for one, and the following day a bowl of warm milk with a couple slices white bread.
It’s great to be back home but it’s going to be a long process renewing strength and conditioning, not to mention replacing the lost 6kgs. Thanks to my coach Nils Coberger for everything, and to teammates Willis and Nick. Thanks again to all my sponsors, supporters and family for your ongoing support and encouragement, every little bit helps and I really appreciate your belief in me. Also a big shout out to Dave Stewart, One Studio for our awesome gear! Time now to heal, in readiness for the coming New Zealand season.