Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Kitzbuhel World Championship Series race yesterday was my third race of the series….and my third 10th place finish.
It was a challenging day for me. I am still feeling some effects of the last few races, notably the Des Moines races. I came out of that weekend feeling more exhaustion that normal and to be honest, have yet to bounce back. I had a couple promising “sharpening” sessions this week so Coach Phil and I thought I would be good to put out a race effort yesterday, but it turned out that my body wasn’t quite ready. I am proud of myself for sticking it out (I can’t lie that pulling the plug crossed my mind more than once….) and for salvaging what I could of the race.
And, to stick with the trend, my World Ranking is now…..drumroll, please…. 10th.
Initially, I wanted to hop on a plane home to sleep for days, hang out with Adam, and recover for the final training block, but, I have decided to stay here. We’ve got two weeks until the next race in Hamburg, plenty of time to recuperate and get some of my strength back. I actually got a little confidence from yesterday’s performance so am already getting fired up for another crack at that top-10 in Hamburg…..hopefully finishing within the top-10 ;)
I’m not really starting the recovery plan well, as it’s 5am and I am already wide awake. Sleeping after races is always hard, but when the race doesn’t FINISH until 6PM, it makes it even harder. I am just waiting for the grocery shop down the street to open. A cappuccino and a strudel will be the perfect brekkie, I think.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Slowtwitch: Congrats on that big weekend you had in Des Moines. Finishing 3rd at Hy-Vee and 3rd at the ITU Team World Championships will be a nice addition to your resume.
Lauren: Yes, it will definitely be nice to add to the resume! It feels like it has been a couple of years since I’ve had some solid results, mostly because of injury. It was back in 2006 that I had my breakthrough season with a 4th place at ITU World Champs and a World Cup best of 4th place. I was beginning to wonder if I would ever crack that podium so to do it twice in one weekend, with both a World Cup and a World Championship is more than I expected at this point in the season.