Well a lot has happened since my last blog update. So to start off I will give you all an update on the past few weeks.
After finishing the NZ season I packed my bags in mid November to travel to our base in Frisco Colorado for a pre season training camp with coach Adam Dooney and team mate Byron Raubenheimer.
We had a very productive 10 days training at Copper Mountain in Colorado before jumping on a plane to Landgraaf in Holland for an indoor event. Yep indoor!! It was sort of funny having a boardercross setup indoors but the organisers did a great job with what they had to work with.
Snow World, Landgraaf is the biggest indoor ski slope in the world with a length of 520m and a vertical drop of around 75m.
The races in Holland are the first of the 2012-2013 IPC Snowboard competitions leading to the 2014 Winter Paralympics.
The format was 2 days of racing with separate races each day. On day one, I was feeling great and in my first run I posted the fastest time of the day. I went on to have another great run in my 3rd time trail placing me in 1st place and the taking home the gold medal. Second was Tyler Mosher from Canada and 3rd Merijn Koek of Holland. My team mate Byron managed to claim 5th place.
It was great to pick up my first race win for the season and hoped it continued into day 2 of racing.
On day 2, I was stoked to lay down 3 of the fastest runs of the day and clocking up another win. 2 Gold medals for 2 days work is awesome and cant wait to carry that form into the world cups next year. Day two podium was - Carl Murphy Gold, Tyler Mosher Canada Silver and Byron Raubenheimer NZL with the Bronze.
The next day we had some time to do a bit of sight seeing around Amsterdam before heading back to Colorado last night. We will now be based back in Frisco until mid December before flying home to spend some time with family etc over Christmas before heading back to Colorado in early Feb for the next series of races.