Well the US Nationals is over. It was a great week on the East, skiing it up in some warm weather. To sum up the week and the competition..I’m happy. Most importantly once again my knee is still in tact. Although my knee feels great and I am able to compete, it feels “great” in the sense for coming off surgery. But to be honest there is still time that needs to be had before this badboy is completely a 100%. All and all, I am thrilled in the fact that I competed, and that I competed at a high level.
The last day of Nationals was another great day…I don’t think I have been that nervous in a long time. But in my mind, nerves are fine. It is expected. Just to be back in that competitive environment was a great feeling.
After 2 runs on Sunday, I finished the last race with a 4th place result. Like I said, I’m Happy.
Nationals came to end with my results being pretty consistent. A 4th, 4th, 5th, and a 3rd!! The competition was tough with a bunch of guys swapping spots on the podium. Good to see that the US National Team is fighting for spots on the podium. I walked away from this week feeling quite accomplished..but also pumped with the fact that I am at where I am at. Next year is a whole new year, and by then I will be a 100% with the chance to get some good pre-season training in. Boooyaaa.
Today was the Sprint Classic for the US Telemark National Championship. It is amazing how much thought and preparation goes into each race. I mean down to the meal that I have the previous night is thought out. Wax, sleep time, food, stretching, hydrating, goggle lenses are just a few. So many things that you have to remember to do before the start of each race. Nice to have the Mom around to help out with a few of these things.
Sprint Classic- Skied alright the first run. Once again I managed to make a small mistake here and there on first run. Putting me just outside of the podium after the first run. With that being said, the second run I knew that I had to unleash one. Gosh, it is such a catch 22! Still a little uncertain what is the better approach. Ski conservatively or attack?? Skied fast the second run but was unable to manage the jump perfectly. Caught a edge that somehow put me skiing backwards after the landing. Extremely lucky to stay on my feet and protect the knee. Found myself on the wrong side of the gate off the course skiing backwards into the course. Haaa. All and all it was not my day today. Skied to a 5th place finish which is still respectful. I am happy to be safe and fortunate to be able to compete another day.
Tomorrow is the straight up GS. No skate section. booooooooo. The skate section is my strong suit and it will be tough to keep up with these guys with no skate section. It is the last day and we will see how this Nationals pans out for me.
Well the US Telemark Nationals are here finally!! After the long trek from Colorado to NYC then to the great state of New Hampshire- I find myself at Gunstock Mtn. It brings back a lot of memories skiing the East as the conditions are quite different from the skiing Colorado. Break out the wax kit and pay close attention to the weather. Just a few degrees changes what kind of wax is gonna be slapped on the skis. Yesterday we were skiing on slow slush and today we skied bulletproof ice! Two completely different snow conditions and two completely different waxes.
Today was the first day of competition at the US Nationals with the Classic first up (event). The classic consists of GS gate skiing, Jump, Wrap, then skate section into the finish. To get more racing in the USTSA board decided to have 2 races today. So basically there were 2 classics today. Great idea. Some of us travel very far to only have 3 races over a spam of 3 days.
Race 1- Ahhh not my best but happy with the result. I skied Fast, took chances, and skated Hard. I actually took a tighter line coming over the pitch and paid a little price for it….HIP Check. arrrrrgh… for those of you who don’t know what a hip check is.. it is basically where you fall on your hip slide for a quick second then pop back up on your skis. Yea you loose time but it is not the end of the world. Obviously you don’t win races when you hip check. None the less I skied fast with a few penalties and a hip check. Skied to 4th Place finish in the first race. It is always kind of bummer when you get 4th, because your one place out of podium…but you gotta ski fast and clean. I deserve 4th… all and all I am pleased with that.
Race 2- Time to refocus and charge for the second race. Gotta get pumped, be fast enough and smart enough to get on that podium. The speed will come naturally. For me it was just about being smart and disciplined enough not to just absolutely charge all out…but rather ski smooth and clean. DONE!!! It has been a long 7 months with straight rehabbing this knee of mine…but completely worth it!!! It was a great feeling hearing my name called up to the Podium today for a 3rd place finish of the US Nationals.