I have certainly been looking forward to the last day of racing this week. It's been a long 2 weeks, on skis, daily. Long...but SO much fun and such a fantastic experience.
Going into the Sprint today after my DNS yesterday I was super focused and motivated. Did my inspection, jump practice and 2 warm up runs. After the warm up my ankle was definitely getting sore but I had a good hour before racing. Hoped on a stationary bike for a while to keep everything warm and loose. Ran some stairs afterwards and did some ankle rolls. With the last bib again (the joys of joining the circuit half way through), when it was time for me to ski I felt prepared, ready, and I had a great run. The only penalty I had was on the jump line which I didn't even try to make. I was in 22nd after the first run.
After second inspection I started to get nervous again about my ankle, but put down a solid run moving up to 20th..which I am very pleased with.
There was lots of encouragement for me to join the circuit in France and Spain. Traveling officials, coaches, and althletes all expressed positive vibes that someone from Canada is competing again.
Will see how the final recovery goes once I'm home. I'd like to make it out to France and Spain but I want to be 100% to compete. In the meantime I have many great training ideas and things to work on to improve my skiing!