By Lanny Barnes
We just wanted to update you on how the racing season is going so far. We are just a few weeks into a five month season. Having been sick earlier in the season, Tracy is taking some time off from racing to do some training while, I (Lanny) just participated in the World Cup Hochfilzen, Austria. Unlike Sweden, they had tons of snow and was winter wonderland.
I had a sprint race and a team relay. I shot well in the sprint, but had a rough day skiing. Luckily in the relay our team was able to put together a decent result and finished 12 out of 26 teams. We finished higher than our ranking at 14th last year and it was a good start to try and break into the top 10 next time. Everyone on our team put together a good performance and as the anchor leg I was able to shoot clean (hit all my targets) to hold off the Canadian team and the other 14 teams behind us. We are now in Bled, Slovenia for the final World Cup before Christmas. Our races will start Friday-Sunday. Bled is one of the most amazing places in Europe. The town sits on a lake that has a castle on the cliffs overlooking a church on an island in the middle of the lake. There are also huge mountains that add to the backdrop. It is a really beautiful and inspiring place to train and race. We will keep you posted on how the races go. These are some pictures from last weeks races and also the town of Bled. Happy Holidays!