Pre Olympics in South Korea

Well hello.

The last few days have been quite a departure from the normal Biathlon schedule!  Rising early Saturday morning we departed Inzell, Germany and began a long trip to Pyeongchang, South Korea.  Though it was only about 11 hours of flying, it took me to a different part of the world than I’ve been to before!

What can I say about Korea? Well, it’s different here that’s for sure! The people, the food, the language, it’s all definitely unlike anything I’ve experienced this far in my travels. But everyone is very friendly, and though I haven’t had kimchi for breakfast yet, I’m sure I will sooner or later!

Biathlon… It’s been quite warm the last week, so the snow has suffered. It’s been very soft for some of the training sessions, but our races are around 8 in the evening, so that will give it a chance to cool off.  The course here is quite difficult, but I think it’s a course that suits me pretty well.  Or so we’ll see in Friday!

Today I was able to get out and drive around the surrounding area.  These are some of the sights, lots of construction going on still but the venues that are done look good so far!

Recovery

I’m a few days into my recovery now and bored already!  Surgery on Friday went well, my toenail was removed, the cut was cleaned out all the way down to the fracture and the nail bed was repaired.  While the surgeon was operating several cultures were taken, I received a message from him yesterday that one of the cultures was positive for a staph bacteria.  If that bacteria had gotten into the fracture it’s likely I would have eventually been down to 9 toes.  What a freak!  That is the reason why surgery was the best option! 

For now I’m banished to the couch which is a tough thing for me.  Recovery will be short, hopefully lasting only 2-3 weeks before I can be back training at full gas. 

Thanks for checking in.

The Unexpected 

Well, it’s been an interesting start of the season for me.  The day before traveling to Sweden for the start of the World Cup in Östersund, I crushed my toe underneath our rollerski treadmill in Lake Placid.  I was told it was OK to travel and that I’d likely be fine in a couple of weeks.  After a week in Sweden I’d done several training sessions, as well as the single mixed relay with a lot of pain in my toe.  I decided there was no progress being made and stopped by the the hospital in Östersund for an x-ray on Wednesday.  It turns out I have a fracture in my toe! Also it’s  a good probability of an open fracture, which can be quite bad.  I spent Thursday flying back to New York, where I’m scheduled to have surgery this morning.  Hopefully surgery and recovery will go well and I’ll be back in the mix soon!  

I’ll post updates on progress,  thanks for checking in.

Where does the white go when the snow melts?