One Day Breather

After a long 4-stage flight yesterday, I made it back home from Europe for a little break to rest up and refuel with a home-cooked meal before the next stage of my season.

 

The Europe trip ended up being quite productive, beginning with a training block on the Stubai glacier in Austria.  With a nice moderate slope and fairly hard snow, it was great place for me to get back on snow and get comfortable on my skis again.  I had a few good days of training before a weather front moved in and dropped a foot of snow on top of the alps.  Unfortunately, the snow became soft and spoiled the training for the last few days, and there wasn’t quite enough cover to go powder skiing.  I was off to go ski indoors though, so any bad weather thereafter was out of the equation.

 

After the training session, I traveled 6 hours east from the high alps down to the lowlands of France to find a warehouse built on the side of a small hill.  Inside, was a shallow slope and with no new snowfall indoors and no snow recycling, it was some of the iciest snow I’ve ever skied on.  Hard snow is always what a racer is looking for, but in this case, the snow was littered with small stones and sand which dulled my skis as soon as I put them on edge and the skis barely lasted one run before losing grip with the inclined ice rink.  I ended up putting a 5 degree side bevel on my edges to make them as sharp as possible.  That made my skis quite a bit more aggressive, which I believe was part of the reason that led to my straddle of a gate and an early end to my day during the first run of the race.

 

We drove another two hours into Holland to the next indoor race at SnowWorld.  The snow conditions here ended up being much better where the snow was still bulletproof minus the scattered rocks, providing infinitely more grip.  My performance in the race was not the fastest on the 22-second course when compared to the World Cup skiers in the field.  The slope was very flat from start to finish, which is not exactly the type of hill I perform my best on, but I still felt solid on my skis and I’m excited to get back to ski in the mountains.

 

Overall, it was a great trip to start off the fall, with a quality training block to get me back on my skis.  Even though I didn’t have the results in the opening Europa Cups, it is still very early in the year and there is plenty of time to prepare for the full season.

 

After my short break here at home, I am headed to join up with the U.S. Ski Team tomorrow to begin training at Loveland and Copper Mt., preparing for the Nor-Am series races in the beginning of December.  It will be nice to stay at home in Colorado for the next month and gain valuable experience with the U.S. Team.  I’m definitely looking forward to it.

Gone Skiing…

I spent the last part of the fall working and surveying the southern corner of New Mexico.  After roaming around the hot desert with a GPS pack, I came back home to find white mountains, reviving my thirst for the snow.  It’s time to go skiing.  Destination: Europe.

 

For the next ten days, I will be training in the glaciers around Innsbruck, Austria, gearing up for the first races of this winter.  At the beginning of November I plan to spend some quality time indoors as the racing season gets under way for me with two indoor Europa Cups in France and the Netherlands.  I’ve never been to an indoor ski area so this trip should be pretty neat.  The slopes are pretty flat and short when compared mountain runs, but the snow conditions should be ideal (hard and fast) for racing.  It is bound to be an interesting experience.

 

An Exciting Opportunity At Hand

On top of fact that I’m headed to go skiing, another piece of good news came my way at the beginning of last week.  I have gotten an invitation to join the U.S. Ski Team to race, train, and travel with them for the months of November and December!  This is a huge opportunity for me as it will allow me to directly ski and train with the fastest skiers in the U.S.  I will be able to see the lines that faster skiers take and compare techniques during training to build my own speed and ability.  This chance should also provide me with some of the good racing opportunities that I need to obtain the results I am looking for to officially gain a spot on the U.S. Team. 

 

I am so excited for the upcoming couple of months and the opportunity it is giving me.  It is within my grasp and now I just need to capitalize on it.  Even if things don’t go exactly as I hope, it will be an unbelievable learning experience for me and take me another step in the right direction towards the goals I have for this year.  It should be an exciting start to the season!

Welcome!

Welcome to davidchodounsky.com!  I put this site together as a way to share my progress and experiences throughout this winter season as I begin my post-collegiate ski racing career and my mission to become one of the elite ski racers of the world.  This is my first attempt at a website and am in the midst of building and adding on to it so bear with me and keep checking in for more information and updates.  Thanks for visiting and feel free to add your thoughts or comments.

 

David