First European Podium - FIS Races Pitzal Austria

29th/30th Nov 14

Wow, had a couple of great days racing. First day there were 128 male competitors and there are no time trials everyone gets to race and you are ranked based on your FIS points.

I have to mention a little encouragement the coaches were using on me.

Ever since I have been in Austria I have been hanging out for some Apple Strudel and Vanilla Sauce!! Awesome, however those same coaches were watching everything that was going in my mouth. IE some of the team are allowed to eat like horses and some of us are still trying to get our ratios down!!!! No guessing where I came into that!

So here was my targets top 8 - I got Strudel, top 4 (podium) I got to have it with Vanilla Sauce - plus if I won!! Jan (coach) was going to personally make it for me.  Pretty tough going on a Kiwi guy who loves good food.

Race 1 - messed up the final race - thought it was a false start - but it wasn't so it was all on 9TH!
NO strudel.

So Race 2  (80 competitors) - I knew I could do better - even with a broken toe strap at the finish line - 2nd!  YES!! I'm off to eat - Austrian Apple Strudel and Vanilla Sauce - before packing to leave for Colorado tomorrow 4am.

Terrific race and training experience here in Austria - quite a few of the european guys were World Cup competitors last season.

Thanks heaps to Ross, Jan and Eric, and I look forward to coming back to Austria again.

Congrats to the other podium athletes 
Jakob Dusek AUT 1st, Tyler Jackson CAN 3rd,  Sebastian Pietrzykowski GER 4th. 

torpedo7 & icebreakernz      


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