After a long Northern Hemisphere season and feeling exhausted, I’ve had a much needed break and it’s time to update and get ready for the new season!
Moving on from my last post, after the Olympics we headed back to Europe to continue on the World Cup giant slalom circuit. My energy levels were hitting rock bottom and I got sick after leaving Korea. Spent four days in bed prior to the next WC race at Kranjska Gora, Slovenia and almost didn’t race. Conserved my energy in the warm up and was then surprised how well I did in some tough conditions with fresh snow leading up to the race. Starting bib 50 I moved up to 35 just 0.8 seconds off making top 30. On arriving back to our Austrian base, I managed to find a doctor working on Sunday and picked up some antibiotics for what turned out to be strep throat. From Europe we headed over to Canada to race in the NorAm finals but with no NorAm points, flat terrain and more fresh snow I was frustrated to not perform so well. After the NorAms in Kimberley, BC I headed on to Red Mountain BC for the Canadian Nationals, Willis headed south to Sun Valley and coach headed home back to New Zealand.
Frustratingly we had another foot of fresh snow the night before the races but at least there was a little more gradient on the mountain and I picked up a podium spot for the giant slalom, unfortunately without much slalom training the slalom races could have gone better.
After the Canadian Nationals it was finally time for some down time so a couple of days after arriving back home in New Zealand I hopped over the ditch to Australia for the last of summer warmth to recharge. Had an amazing time just relaxing and exploring beaches along the eastern coast before it was time to head home and start back into my dryland programme.
Not all dryland happens in the gym, having some fun on the bike
The Northern Hemisphere season was again filled with amazing experiences, along with ups and downs, all of it made possible with help from my Team, generous sponsors, supporters, friends and family, not to mention Fans! Thank you one and all for your ongoing support.
Team Edwards, Snowvision Foundation, One Studio, NZSki, Sotheby’s International, Browns Ski Shop, Wanaka Ski & Snowsports Club, Skeggs Foundation, Community Trust of Southland, Just Dig It, ZoiBri Trust, Robert Moore Chiropractor, Alpine Health & Fitness, Avoca, Merrell NZ, XTM Performance, Auckland Bone & Joint Surgery, McClean & Co, One Square Meal, Adidas, Remarkables Physio