I can't even imagine trying to race the XC on Saturday in the blistering hot conditions... and thankfully that was not on the menu for my weekend.
The DH course put riders down Joy Ride, Schleyer and Detroit Rock City... some of the roughest trails on the mountain, which I was a huge fan of! Things got super loose as the weekend progressed on upper Joy Ride/Schleyer, but in the Detroit Rock City woods section things stayed nice and predictable and there wasn't too much breakdown of the course.
With each practice lap I took off some much needed seconds and was able to lay down a good time in seeding on Saturday. I hoped to clean up a few sections and "lay down the hammer" on the last stretch of pedalling before the finish for Sunday's finals in hopes of hanging on to top spot.
|Blasting out of Schleyer on the way to the "W"|
I have discovered that I have a tendency to slip into some negative thoughts during key moments on the race course... so my goal was to try and overcome this by utilizing some of the techniques noted in the book. I did have a couple little breaks in focus during my race run which led to some major errors, but I was able to bring it back and hang on and avoid crashing. To top it off I took over 1 second off my seeding run time (despite the break in focus) and came away with the win!
|Keeping me focused!|
|Steph taking the win for the Jr. Ladies|
There was a great battle on the pro-men's front too, and in the end Chris Kovarik was able to slide into 1st place, knocking Lee Jackson off from top spot from seeding the day before.
|Men's Pro Podium|