December 29, 2009: Back to Europe

Bischofweisen, Germany – After over 24 hours of traveling we made it to Germany a couple of days ago. Again. It’s weird because it’s almost like the six day Christmas break never happened. Don’t get me wrong, Christmas was amazing and filled with lots of wonderful family and friend time, but it all happened so fast that next thing I knew I was back on a plane for my fifth time to Europe this calendar year. Unfortunately I don’t feel as refreshed as I had hoped to be for this very important leg of my racing journey. It feels like I bypassed LA and just came straight from Telluride to continue the last mega trip. But on a positive note I made United’s 100k premier status which means I’ve flown over 100,000 miles in 2009 which roughly equates to over eight days of being in the air. Over a week spent on an airplane. Thank goodness for good movie selections.

Our first day here was spent relaxing and trying to get accustomed to the time zone difference. We’re staying in a tiny town that has no internet access but does have a nice gym. The accommodations are also very nice and at a reasonable altitude so that’s one less thing we have to deal with. But what comes with lower altitude is less snow. We freerode at the hill today and the runs were very limiting with all manmade snow, and rocks and dirt spackling the slope. That combined with about three hours of sleep last night (was up at 3am and couldn’t get back to sleep!) did not make for the best day of freeriding. The run was choppy from a ski course that was set in the early morning, and was icy in some parts. And I couldn’t find my trusty toeside. My heelside was alright; I focused on driving my outside hand down towards the tail of the board and that worked, but my toeside suffered. I couldn’t get it on edge early enough (didn’t help that I carried my heelside turn too far across the hill instead of letting it go earlier) and then I would jam on it. I put my hand down in the snow a few times and it hit the snow hard and threw me off balance. It was definitely a very challenging day. Overall Coach Mark told me to focus on the basics – quiet upper body so the legs can be free to move; extending the legs through the turn, high and early pressure by building the platform early and with patience, moving the body forward in the turn transitions. The usual stuff. I was kind of bummed because my last day on snow felt so great when I was freeriding, and things were really coming along and now this. But that last day was in perfect snow conditions and I have to learn to ride in this stuff. I mean if I can do it there, I should theoretically do it anywhere. Like Coach Mark says, it’s a decision I have to make.

So hopefully I’ll be able to get good sleep tonight for tomorrow’s night race. Despite the incredible importance and meaning to tomorrow’s race (and actually all the races this month), I’m really excited. This is my last trip to Europe of my racing career so I want to go out with a bang.


4 Responses to “December 29, 2009: Back to Europe”

  1. 1 Francis Santiago December 30, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Hi Eden,

    This is Francis Santiago, a sports reporter of Manila Bulletin, a leading daily broadsheet in the Philippines.
    I chanced upon your website and some feature stories about your campaign to become the first Filipina to represent the country in the Winter Olympics.
    It’s awesome to hear someone like you living far from the Philippines yet your heart is fighting hard to bring glory to the country.
    I read your recent blog, and I believe you are in Germany for the World Cup, seeking for an Olympic slot in Feb’s Winter Games.
    I would like to do story on your bid for our Jan. 1, 2010 edition.
    Could you brief me on your finishes in your other campaigns in the qualifiers this month (December).
    I guess the Germany qualifier is the final qualifier for the Dec. and there will be four other qualifiers next month.
    Please give me some details, like how many slots are at stake per qualifying round etc.
    Please brief me because I’m not really familiar with the sport.
    And please give me your future plans and some thoughts about why are you doing all these – giving up your previous job for the sport.
    Please reply as soon as you can so I can do the story and feature you on our paper.
    Someone like you deserves recognition here.
    Please tell me also about your team including the members. I also want to know how are you ‘partly Filipino’, I mean you’re born from what province and who is the Filipino in your parents. Thanks.

    You could contact me at 09164006492
    Thanks and Good Luck.

  2. 2 Julie Rosales December 30, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Hi Eden!
    Just wanted to wish you good luck in this month’s races- we are all so proud of you and will be keeping you in our prayers! Keep following your dream 🙂
    Looking forward to seeing you kick butt in Vancouver!

    Annie (Agnes’ daughter)

  3. 3 Bonnie Hays December 30, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    I had my vision again this week!!!! You are NOT putting yourself INSIDE the “bubble”. In my vision you ARE in the bubble. Just let go and TRUST, baby-girl! Let go and feel everything you know and just KNOW it will be perfect.
    Love you. Happy New Year!

  4. 4 Randy Fukuda December 31, 2009 at 12:18 am

    Cheering for you as always. Missing you and hoping the best. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Eden. Love you much,


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