Isolated in Eisenerz

I had a season first last weekend. My immune system was finally overcome and I succumbed to the quarantine imposed when travelling with a group of professional athletes. A small cough morphed into feeling poor overall. With success highly dependent on even the slightest fluctuations of our bodies, sickness really is a downer. This is especially true during extended travel as everyone makes sure to maintain a ten foot radius from the sick airspace.  However, there are some benefits too.  After seven weeks in European hotels, sickness provides one of the few chances for a single room and some serious alone time. I also was able to watch the Eisenerz race and capture the moments on camera rather than suffering through the icing and no kick debacle all the men’s racers suffered through.  Additionally, the internet speeds to above the normal crawl when everyone is out training or racing. I only managed to get on skis once.

Mountains above Eizenerz.  Being sick and minimal training gave lots of opportunities to explore on foot.
Mountains above Eizenerz. Being sick and minimal training gave lots of opportunities to explore on foot.
Old buildings and waterways in Eisenerz.
Old buildings and waterways in Eisenerz.
The Wehrkiche. Unfortunately I wasn't able to get inside and explore.
The Wehrkiche. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get inside and explore.

So in summary, I got sick but now I am feeling better leading up to the final races of the European season for the US Europa cup athletes in Chamonix, France.  Also, it wasn’t the worst weekend to miss as I only missed one low key Austrian cup race rather than the full blown OPA competitions.

Chamonix has greeted us with warm weather, blue skies, and somewhat limited snow down in the valley, but I think everyone is still excited to be here and racing. Now the time has come to leave the European racing scene with a bang.

Chamonix panorama.
Chamonix panorama.
Chamonix chocolate.  Yes they also had some shaped like Mont Blanc.
Chamonix chocolate. Yes they also had some shaped like Mont Blanc.
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