Thursday, November 28, 2013

Night Racing in Ostersund

Look! An up-to-date post!!

I'm in Ostersund, Sweden right now for the first biathlon World Cup of the year!  I'm feeling very lucky and happy to be here, and psyched for racing.  We were supposed to race the 15k individual last night, but gale force winds caused it to be cancelled at the last minute, and it was postponed to this afternoon.  It was a less-than-stellar first race for me, with 8 misses.  There's not much you can when you have 8 minutes added to your time.  But my first world cup race of the season is under my belt, and I hope to improve upon my 80th place finish tomorrow in the sprint!  I'm not sure if its a good thing, but I couldn't help but notice that there was a beautiful sunset the entire time I was racing. The sunsets are so long here!  Every time I came down the final turn into the stadium, I would think about how pretty it was.

Tomorrow we race at night again, under the lights!  I'm excited, I like racing under the lights, for some reason it makes it feel more exciting and I feel like I'm going faster.  And the lights look pretty in the trees too.

Catching up on my documentation

I haven't been doing as good a job as I'd wanted to yet at documenting all of the places I go, and what I'm doing.  I swear I'm going to start doing that now!  But first I wanted to catch up by posting some documentation of my summer!  Nils and I lived in Keene, NY for the summer, so I could train with the US Biathlon team in Lake Placid without having to live at the Olympic Training Center there.  I loved being in Keene, and the house that we rented had lots of character.  Keene is also right in the middle of the Adirondack high peaks, so I had a great time exploring lots of new mountains and good trail runs.

Our home for the summer.

On my way to a fall run in the high peaks.