Early this week I had the chance
to spend a few minutes talking to both Sara Renner (Bronze medal in
the Sprint at Sovereign Lake) and Phil Widmer ( Fourth fastest qualifying
time at Sovereign Lake). Here is what they had to say!
Sara RennerDid the races go about how you expected they would?
The races were a pleasant surprise.
I didn’t feel particularly snappy at the Nor Am races in Canmore the
week before and I know from experience that if you are not feeling
good in a World Cup race you can be completely decimated. At the same
time, I was very excited to race at home in Canada on courses that I
am very familiar with.
Have you done anything special
in terms of training this year that you think
helped you to perform as well as you did?
I would say yes in that having
the World Cups in Canada gave us something very positive to focus on.
We considered it a card in our pocket that we would be racing at home
and we believed that it gave us a certain advantage. That was a great
feeling to have.
Was there anything that
you think you did particularly well this weekend or anything that you
would like to improve for the upcoming races?
I think that our set up in
terms of training and living arrangements in Silver Star was a big plus.
Beckie, Milaine and I all stayed together and we created the atmosphere
that we were on holiday. I think that being relaxed and enjoying things
this way really helped. In terms of things to improve I would
have to say that I am always looking for a bit more from myself. I was
a little bit disappointed in losing contact with the lead group in the
pursuit so I will just try to be a bit tougher.
What are your (roughly)
your plans in terms of training and travel between now and
After these World Cups some
of the team will be heading to a backcountry lodge in the Kootenays
called Nipika just to rest, relax and have fun for a few days.
While my Christmas plans are a bit up in the air at this point I expect
to be in Europe by about the 10th of January. After that
I will follow roughly the same preparation plan that I used for Oberstdorf.
This included a high altitude/high volume camp a couple of weeks before
Anything you would like
Just that I am really proud
of everyone who helped to organize and put on the races both at Sovereign
Lake and at Canmore. The races last week were fantastic and I am sure
the ones this week will be as well. I was also really impressed
by the number of spectators that came out to watch. It was very helpful
to have all that support.
Sara in the Sovereign Lake World Cup Pursuit.
Sara Renner on the podium in Oberstdorf, Germany at last winter's World Championships.