GB Snowsport athlete Reece Bell gives Ski Club an update on her race training this year
Since my last blog, midway through last season, so much has happened. But the one thing that has not happened, for me, has been much ski-racing, unfortunately.
I began February with a trip to Park City, Utah, with my Denver University team, to compete in some FIS races. I already started feeling bad during the 8-hour drive there. On the day of the first race, a Giant Slalom, I felt awful, with chills, shivers and no energy. Unsurprisingly, I finished way off the pace, in what was not a particularly high-level race, and ended up spending the next three days in bed while my team-mates raced.
On returning to Denver, a test revealed that I had Influenza B with pneumonia. (In those far off days, Coronavirus was a word barely any of us had even heard.) So, I took a few weeks off skiing and rested. I lost a lot of my strength and conditioning over this time period, and I missed racing with my DU team. School was also proving very challenging over the winter, and there were a few issues that arose with missing class. It wasn’t mentally easy to take time off from skiing in the middle of the season, especially since I had just begun racing, but I wanted to be fully healthy and recovered before I started training so that I wouldn’t relapse in health.
As I regained energy and gradually resumed training, near the end of February, I was encouraged by my selection to represent Team GB at the World Junior Championships in Narvik. Unfortunately, I was unable to travel to Norway, because of school conflicts. Still, perhaps that proved to be a blessing in disguise, as those championships ended up being shut down halfway through.