Yes the two times I have encountered birch pollen reactions have been horrendous. One was in the lead up to the Olympics and the other was upon arrival into Knoxville, both times put me on the sidelines for a long period of time. We now know to avoid birch pollen bloom periods. My reactions have more so triggered my asthma which has really been tough. Thankfully we managed it OK in 2014.
On the bright side you're not me. Went for an allergy test and the doctor said I'm allergic to "trees".
Anyway as for questions I'm just wondering if you prefer a flatter course like in Bahrain or a hiller one like in Mont Tremblant? I mean this both in terms of which you enjoy more and which you think you're more suited to. Other than that to ask a more ST approved question how do you go about pacing yourself during a race and how much does this have to do with pre-race planning?
Thank you to both Joel and yourself for doing this and of course congratulations!