Monday, December 14, 2009

Pop stars and athletes alike...

Hi Friends,

Let's start off with the profundities of pop stars:

"Cause you're hot then you're cold,
You're yes then you're no,
You're in then you're out,
You're up then your down."

Katy Perry could have written those words for athletes everywhere about the vicissitudes of performance. I was thrilled with a 12th place in Dusseldorf last weekend but here in Davos, Switzerland where the sprint course is 700 meters longer and the altitude over 1000 meters higher I had a disappointing weekend with my career-worst result in a skate sprint: 57th. OUCH!!

I gave it my all and then some but the race was incredibly tough on a long and grueling course and in the end I was several seconds from reaching my goal of top 30. All in all I can only do my absolute best and I lay myself on the line every weekend in the hopes of fulfilling my potential. This is my life. Truly, the journey itself is incredibly satisfying and I appreciate the highs so much thanks to lows... onward!

I'm going to keep blowing on the flames of my burning desire for international success and hit up my last World Cup before Christmas in Rogla, Slovenija this weekend. After being away from home since October I'm feeling the strong pull of Canmore as I inch closer to a sweet reunion with my happy, healthy town.

Warm wishes from snowy Switzerland,



  1. Hey there, Chandra -- thinking of you and wishing you winged feet (boots). This sport has so many things to teach us. You know you're putting yourself out there for all the right reasons!

    I have to explain the pic I've attached to my following your blog. It's from Greenland this past March and it was a particularly lonely part of the day. No glory, no crowds, no cheering -- just me and my personal reasons for being out there. I thought it might fit in well with your comments.

    So, when you're in a low you're probably right on schedule -- there's a great peaking high just around the next bend in the road!

    Ciao Bella!

  2. You are an inspiration to us, maybe because you have learned to play the mental game so well. It is a special person who can keep everything in perspective, and enjoy the highs and the lows as they both teach us something. FYI I went to Best Buy today and spent a whole lota money on Christmas presents! See ya soon. Allison