Day 2 started out with less nerves, I was feeling way better and I believe I had smarter tactics going into the race. Yesterday was the first time in 5 weeks that I gave a race course 100% and look how it ended up - not as well as I would have hoped. I told myself I was going to give 80% in the course, not worry about the jump line, make sure to land tele, no gate penalies and give it all I got in the skating section. Other than 1 gate penalty, it all worked out the way I planned and I had a great run moving into 21st place. Also in mind, I was the last bib number to start the race..the course was a mess.
The announcer commented on the energy and push I had in the skate section, the Norwegian and US coach commented that I was certainly in the top 3 best skaters of the day. The coolest part of the race was in the skate looking up and seeing Fabio with my pole in his hand, chasing after me, yelling the whole way, and encouraging me. I defininitely didn't feel like I was alone. Having his help and consult during inspection and throughout everything has been awesome.
I was only about 20 seconds back from first place which I feel quite good about. Knowing I can ski harder and jump further is definitely motivating. My ankle was definitely sore after the day of racing.
Wednesday morning is off and we are training on the Sprint hill in the afternoon.
Jump practice picture below. I made the line during practice - they set it further up the hill with a much slower approach requiring more of a jump.
Norway, Canada, USA, France