Wow, what an Olympics it has been! As I write this, there is only one more ski race left at these Games – the 30km and 50km skate mass start. Unfortunately, no matter how ready and confident I felt going into Sochi, I failed to deliver the results I thought I was capable of achieving. Having said that, I skied extremely well, leaving literally everything on the ski trails of Sochi. The team sprint was my favorite event and Peri and I have been preparing for this for over a year. When I crossed the finish line in the qualification round, it took me 30mins before I could properly walk again. I could not have skied any faster, and we weren’t good enough to qualify for the finals. I am proud of my effort even though the copious amounts of training I’ve done in the past year did not make me a better racer and I was simply not skiing fast enough to contend for the podium. I trained twice a day every day, traveled for over 280 days last year for training and racing, and gave up virtually everything else in my life for an opportunity to be the fittest and fastest I can possibly be in Sochi. It was a gamble I committed to 100% and it was an amazing experience. The beauty of sport is that training for the top speed is more of an art than science. Human bodies are complicated things and sometimes the training plan that worked today might not work tomorrow.
So what’s next?
Yesterday’s team sprint was the last Olympic race of my life and in a couple of weeks the World Cup season will be done as well. I am not sure what lies ahead for me and I will need sometime to decompress from the intense focus of the Games and find a new direction to move in.
One thing is certain, the Games experience – training for it and competing there has been an amazing journey that will be vivid in my memory for the rest of my life. The people I’ve met through sports and the support I’ve had from my friends, family, coaches, sponsors and teammates has been unbelievable.
The journey is almost complete but you never know what will be waiting around the next corner! Thank you for reading,