It was the first race of the season and I had mixed emotions: apprehension and excitement. We had been training for seven and a half months, so I was eager find out how it would go and whether the training would pay off.
The atmosphere felt pretty strange because of COVID. There weren't many people around, and we were all avoiding each other. We had to keep our distance to help make sure the season got off to as normal a start as possible, but it was a really strange atmosphere. We had to adapt!
The race was pretty challenging. As the first event of the season, there was quite a bit of stress. There hadn’t been any competitions for 8 months after the cancellation of the last one. Putting on the World Cup bib always feels emotional, whether good or bad. It's pretty intense. You know the result now. The race went well, I managed my runs each time resulting in my first victory!
As a little aside, we had two and a half hours between the qualifiers and the final and I actually dozed off for two hours. Stress always consumes a lot of energy. I needed to recover between the two rounds!”