The first three out of five World Cups are done and dusted! After three rad weeks, I am exhausted and it’s time for me to rest and refresh!
Nestled at the based of the Italian Alps, lies the historical town of Ivrea, which once was the main gateway to Northern Europe. Below a magnificent arch bridge in town lies the epic slalom course and the destination for the first of five 2016 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cups. Thousand of people flogged down to the river to watch the race and happenings over the weekend.
It was the premiere occasion that the spectacular Ivrea channel has hosted a World Cup. I think most athletes enjoyed the vibes of the village, gelatos, pizzas, pasta and the challenging course! I had a great weekend of racing. A minor touch put me just out of the finals in thirteenth place. A good result for me and I was satisfied with my performance at the first World Cup of this season.
Seu d’Urgell was the hosted of the second World Cup. This Olympic whitewater stadium was built for the Barcelona games in 1992. The course itself is not in favorite for quite a few athletes, but everybody loves the picturesque village and atmosphere of this location and race.
For me this was an interesting race. I lacked the confidence that I could do well at this race. The course in Seu is quite physical and relatively small and it feels like it suits me less than some of the other courses.
My sister came down to Seu for a visit and I decided to mostly enjoy the week, having a holiday and take the race as it comes. My first run wasn’t the best, but it gave me some confidence that I actually could throw down a solid run here. My second run was clean and solid with only a few little mistakes. I was in tenth place with only one paddler to come down the course. With a difference of only a hundredth of a second I ended up in eleventh place, just out of the semi-finals. Nevertheless I was pretty pleased with my performance and had a fantastic time in Seu!
On Saturday we headed over to Sort and I enjoyed paddling my good plastic Dagger Mamba on the Noguera Pallaresa river. I was stoked being on a natural river surrounded by mountains, greens and nature. In the afternoon we headed back to Seu for the new ICF Slalom Cross (boater-X) which was good fun!
Towards world cup three I started to feel super tired and washed-out from slalom racing; it’s pretty full on travelling, training and racing from one place to another for three weeks. I love the whitewater in Pau and it is hard to take a step back and rest when lapping this course is so rad, but I felt super fatigue during the whole week. My race wasn’t too bad but it was kinda a struggle all the way down, not feeling the water and being out of touch, resulting in not too bad but slow runs. I wasn’t upset, but I know this course can gives a way better feeling than I had this weekend.
In the boater-X I had a bit the same feeling and was feeling exhausted. Nevertheless I had good fun and enjoyed it. It always feels fabulous going back to my roots, racing plastic.
All by all I had three amazing weeks. It is wicked to get to know more and more people on the circuit and get to know them better. It has been real good fun and I'm really loving the journey! I’m also stoked to be able rest now and planning for the next few weeks :D I going to ditch my slalom boat for a little bit and enjoying some crystial clear water on the Soča River!