Racing Blog – Days Five and Six
2nd November 2009 | Ben Clatworthy, Racing and Sports Correspondent
In his final blog from Saas Fee the young trainee racer, 16-year old Ben Clatworthy, rounds of his week. It’s been quite a time.
The week has flown by. We’ve been so busy training and reviewing our style and trying to improve on everything that I’ve had to merge the last two ski-days of my Kandahar Blog into one, as I’ve run out of time.
Two days to go and Giant Slalom skis have been packed away and Slalom Skis have now been brought out. They’ve been waxed and edged and now its time for slalom training.
In my opinion, slalom is a more technical discipline of ski racing. Not only do you have much less time to decide on your move and less space between the gates to execute the move but you also have to make sue that your skis stay on a direct line to hit the gates. It’s easier said than done.
I perform well at speed events such as Super-G and Downhill but I’ve never been brilliant at the technical discipline that slalom demands so every second of training and advice and feedback is really helpful.As with Giant Slalom we did another ‘Kandahar Race’.
Sadly during the second run as I straddled a gate – that means the gate passed between my two legs, instead of my legs going round them. It’s so frustrating.
Its one of the most annoying things that can happen, but at least it was only a training race. However three years ago at The British Championships I straddled the last gate of the Children’s Slalom and unfortunately that meant that I was disqualified.
We have had the most amazing skiing this week, the snow was brilliant and the conditions great. By midday on Saturday the final set of gates were pulled from the snow, bundled up and made ready to head to Austria for our Christmas training. The week was over.
After our final lunch we headed down the mountain and instead of the usual fitness we were having a great treat.
We were going on the Saas Fee Rodelbobahn, which is a huge luge on rails. We often have a go on the last day as it is a quick and fun alternative to games.
Last year I was scared silly when I went on it with one of my completely mad and fearless friends and spent the entire run shouting and screaming ‘aaaahhhhh … we’re going to die!’
It’s been quite a week. We’ve battled queues, watched Swiss world cup skiers training, seen old ladies walking pet goats, raced alot, trained alot and had loads of fun.
It most certainly isn’t the average half term holiday and with another long day traveling I wonder how responsive I’ll be back at school.
Oh well one thing is for sure, I haven’t spent my half term sleeping.