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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Back to the N-Dub

Just a few short days after returning from Cali it was off to Port Angeles for North West Cup #2.  This is touted as the "Underworld Cup" and generally brings a wealth of top notch riders as it piggy backs Sea Otter...this year was no disappointment!  As always "Dry Hill" delivered some rowdy racing conditions.

The North West Cup series is probably one of the most fun in this region, and there's always a lot of us Canadians that make our way across the boarder to join in the action.  The race course is lined with some of the most amazing spectators...one can be sure to find naked bodies and blow up dolls in compromising situations all the way down, and the fans are super rowdy cheering and heckling you the whole way!
on the way to a 4th in seeding
I seeded well, coming in 4th behind Jill Kintner and fellow Canadian rippers, Miranda Miller and Casey Brown and I was sure I could shave some time off on my race run the following day.

On race day I took a huge bail on my last practice run; this had me doubting myself going into my race run which is never good.  I rode tentative and tight, which ultimately led to several mistakes and a slower time than in seeding.  I ended up 6th behind Jill Kintner, Miranda Miller, Casey Brown, Vaea Verbeek and Jamie Rees, and although I still had a ton of fun racing over the weekend I was frustrated with the result given my performance the day before.
hecklers' row
Since returning from Port Angeles, I've made some time to catch up with my coach and go through some mental techniques to help overcome some of the confidence challenges that can present themselves and get in the way of performing well.  I'll get to put this to the test in just a few weeks as I head east to Quebec for the first of three races in the Canadian National Series.