After a couple months on the World Cup circuit, a few weekends were shifted around and rescheduled, so there was actually a little break where I wouldn't be racing for three weeks and I took the opportunity to come back to Vermont for some training and recharging. It's pretty rare that we get to spend any time at home during the World Cup season, so I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to spend some much appreciated time at home.
The first couple weeks in Europe it seemed like there were so many unknowns with racing during a pandemic. After spending some time over there, our team was able to settle into a routine where we felt quite safe. Life on the road looks a little different this year because we are always either training or isolating in our hotel rooms, but luckily training is something we do every day, so we always have the opportunity to be outside with our teammates each day. When we are inside, our team is very good about always wearing our masks and washing our hands. Once we were able to get into this routine, it was easier for us to trust that what we were doing was working to keep us safe.
I had a mixed bag of races in the first couple months, but I feel so grateful to be able to be racing at all and I'm hoping it has provided some nice entertainment for the fans back home. I'm looking forward to using the rest of my break at home to train hard and also mentally and physically recharge. There are some fun sprints coming up in Sweden before we have a little training camp and then World Champs in Germany. I have a feeling the second half of the season will fly by, so I'm going to try my best to soak it all in and be grateful to have the opportunity to put on a race bib!