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Racing Blog – Day Three

16-year old Ben Clatworthy continues his daily blog from the Kandahar race camp in Saas Fee. Today was a lie in some competitive racing and the sight of an elderly woman walking her pet goat.

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Well it certainly seems to have worked.  The new timetable our coaches organised seemed to do the trick and we were even allowed a lie-in until 7.30am.

Hey it made the early morning sub zero fun-run a little more enjoyable, allowing me half an hour longer snuggled under my warm duvet.  And this morning, instead of heading straight to breakfast as we normally do we had our video feeback from the day before.

I thought this was such a good idea as our coaches always give us alot of positive criticism only this morning the information was fresh in my mind giving me time to mull it over in my head during breakfast.  I often forget the detail of what they say the night before but this way it was all fresh in my mind.

We left much later getting to the main lift at 9.30am. 

In reality this late start meant that we avoided standing around in all the big queues and saved us so much time as we kept on skiing until 3pm.  Normally at this time of year the snow conditions begin to get soft and heavy from around 13.00 onwards as the sun melts the snow, and this is usually when the big teams head in for lunch and afternoon training.

Good snow in cold temperatures

Good snow in cold temperatures

But as its been so cold this Autumn, the snow has remained pretty good and it was great skiing late;  unbelievably there were fewer people around and the snow was still in fantastic condition..

Today was a tough and challenging day for me.

It was my first attempt to tackle Giant Slalom gates this season and with brand news skiis it was going to be quite testing.  Well actually it was a big day for many of us but we all manged pretty well. It was a complete first for some of the new 8-year old minis but they were fantastic and stormed down the course.

We had a hilarious time this afternoon during fitness training. 

We always go out running after skiing and that’s a pretty tough thing to do at this altitude and on these hilly roads. Well today, we saw an old lady walking her pet goat!   Can you believe it? The goat even had a dog collar on attached to a lead, We just laughed our socks off!

Waxing up

Waxing up

I’ve also nicknamed Saas Fee as Legoland because of the small electric cars that are used throughout the hilly town (It’s a completely petrol-free environment) and because of the little wooden buildings on stubby mushroom-like stilts scattered along the roadside.

Its really pretty but reminds me of Legoland

I’m really excited about tomorrow.  We are going to do timed Giant Slalom races so there’s alot of ski preparation for us tonight. 

You might  seem surprised but all the Kandahar Kids have to prep their own skis even the 8-year old minis have to learn how to sharpen the edges with files, wax the base of the skis and then smooth the wax with a hot iron.

If you want to get a good time then you need good edges.

Can’t wait for tomorow.

Racing Blog – Day One

Racing Blog – Day Two

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