Winterberg… I was telling myself the last 2 weeks this is my favorite place in the whole world!!! Gosh I hate lying to myself!!! Our physio Tyson Plesuk & I set very realistic goals for this race. Just get a 2nd run… Last season when they had the trial 3 heat format we all were a bit cocky with our attitudes, all we have to do is finish in the top 10 to qualify for the 3rd heat. Well we had a huge snow storm and I finished 13th… So this year, no assumptions were made, just set the goal… Get a 2nd run…
After the 1st run when I was sitting in 8th, quite a few of us were jammed in at a chance for silver, Tyson was giving me high fives. I was slightly shocked because sitting in 8th really isn’t a congratulating cause considering my career and then I remembered our original goal… I had accomplished it… I would be getting a 2nd run.
It’s been a bit of a frustrating start to the season, but in all honesty I shouldn’t be frustrated. My focus the last couple of years has been more on myself than Skeleton. I know I’ve needed a bit of break because if I was training fully focused on Skeleton I would be burnt out by now and have zero chance on qualifying for Sochi. It’s still in my sights and this little bit of a set back has me hungry to light the fire under my butt for next summer and get back into my rigid training schedule. I’m fortunate that I have very understanding, experienced coaches in Kelly Forbes & Duff Gibson (2006 Olympic gold medalist). Duff talked to me last night, “Mel, if you had your typical push you would have been on the podium. But it’s your life and you have to make that decision”… I cringe as I think of the stair workouts, box pushes, puke generating circuits… but if it was easy everyone would do it.
We still have the team event tonight, so one more run down this simple to get down, hard to be fast track in Winterberg, Germany. It will be a moral and energy booster as we set out for the 900km drive to La Plagne, France. Where we race next Saturday Dec 15th.