The travel schedule has been hectic the last few weeks with World Cups and the annual Tour De Ski .
A new venue for this season was Asiago Italy, which was a sweet town to check out with a technical sprint course right near the city center. It turned out to be a double-pole sprint for the men which is always a lot of fun for me. Sprint racing is always going to throw obstacles your way… in Asiago my ski fell off for the first time in a race which was frustrating. But things were looking up from there.
Last week we started the Tour De Ski in Oberhoff in typical rainy poor snow conditions. Racing on a combination of dirt and slush was interesting and tough but I was stoked so score my first distance points of the season with a 20th place finish in the prologue and my first top ten finish of the season in the Sprint the following day.
For the past week or so we have been adjusting to the time change here in Norway while getting in some good training and jumping in a few practice races before the world cup gets rockin. It’s always a harsh adjustment to the darkness and the cold of the far North but it feels great to be skiing again and I’m fired up to get back to racing the world cup. Our first races of the winter season where here in Beitostolen Norway and I finished 6th in the skate sprint. Not feeling in top form but it was awesome to race against such a fast international field on my first weekend over here.
here Kikkan and Peter J test out some skis in Norway