The first NorAm races of the season happened this past weekend, and I came away with a victory and the best (points wise) result of my career!
Angry face in full effect, sending it!
I’ve been working with our sports psych this prep season to bring my training speed into race day, and that’s exactly what I did yesterday. Starting with bib 40, I really wanted to leave everything on the hill and risked quite a bit, skied well, and ended up with a half second lead! After a disappointing first race day, I was super pumped when I saw my time and heard that I was the new leader. Definitely a good feeling! Leading after first run is a nerve wracking proposition! But it’s a privilege to be in that position and I definitely didn’t want to waste a great opportunity! Once I got in the gate for second run all of the nerves went away and I just wanted to send it again. No way I was going to play it safe! I made two fairly big mistakes and as I came across the line I was very aware that they might have cost me the win. Luckily I held on by two tenths to take the victory and score a 6.00, which is the best result of my career (and the lowest possible score in a non World Cup race). Almost more of a relief than anything, it feels amazing to have some vindication for the great speed I’ve had in training this prep period (not to mention all of the mental work I’ve been doing) and it definitely gives me confidence going into the start of the World Cup season.
Pumped to be on the top step amidst a great field. Really happy for Brennan Rubie as well, coming back from injury with some really solid results!
I took today off at the Ghent manor in Colorado, and will be heading off to Lake Louise tomorrow! I’m aiming for the Super G race, and possibly the downhill depending on how the training runs go.