Tuesday, 24 February 2015

World Champs

I raced the sprint race at the world champs in Falun last Thursday. During the race I thought I was going pretty well and towards the end of the race I thought I was going to qualify for the heats. I had the same feeling I get when I do really good sprint prologues and I felt like I was really pushing my self as hard as I can. I know that when I manage to do that I tend to qualify. Unfortunately, moments after I crossed the line Kåre gave me the thumbs down from the coaching zone to tell me I was outside. I couldn't quite understand why, and struggled to come up with a point on the course I made a big mistake. I ended up way down in 40th, just over 2 seconds from qualify. I'd pushed my self so hard in the prologue that I was feeling pretty bad. I felt sick and spent the following half hour with my head between my knees staring at the floor of the changing rooms. At the time I thought It was just from the effort of the prologue.
I had time to go through the race with coaches and look at some video of the race. I skied technically well and skied to my game plan. But I was just missing a bit of energy. That extra spark. The margins are pretty small in sprint races and I can't afford to off my game if I want to be top 30 and make the heats.

After the race we headed back to the hotel. After a recovery jog I got a massage from our Physio. It was during the massage I started to feel unwell. I realised pretty quickly that things weren't right, I spoke to the team coach and got a room away from Andrew, who I had been sharing with. I spent the rest of the night vomiting. It explains the not having the extra gear in the race. And it explains why I felt so bad after the race.
After I eventually stopped having symptoms, around Friday lunch time, I was confined to the room for over 48 hours so as not to infect anybody else in our team or staying at the hotel. In the end I first headed out for a jog on Sunday night after having spent 3 days straight in bed.

I'm not going to do any more races during these championships. By sunday I had, had a few recovery days but I still didn't have any energy. I couldn't even bring my self to think about skiing or training, let alone racing. I was just happy to be able to get out of bed for the first time on sunday night. On Monday I was forced to skiing although I really didn't want to. I managed to bring my self to go and I was pleasantly surprised. I thought I'd ski for 15 to 20min and feel like death, but I skied for 50min and felt surprisingly good. This gave me a hope that I could start the 15k skate race tomorrow. So today I did some harder efforts to see how my body was responding and if I'd have enough energy to race. I knew pretty quickly after I started the efforts that I wouldn't be able to race. I felt ok at steady state but every time the effort went up I felt sluggish and out of breath. I'm pretty tired this evening, after the session, so it was probably the best decision to pull out of the race.

It is annoying to come to world champs and do 1 race and not do particularly well. I think I was getting towards some decent form and that things where starting to come together technically. I now have a little over a week and half to the next world cup races, where hopefully I can make up for a ruined world champs. 

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