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Monday, August 12, 2013

World Cup milestone

I was set to get in one more local race before heading to  Mont Sainte-Anne, Quebec for World Cup #4, but I ended up deciding to skip what is one of my favorite BC cup races, The Western Open, in an attempt to ensure my nagging wrist and hand injury was feeling better before making the journey to the other side of the country.  It turned out my hand had a stress fracture, and was the culprit behind the radiating pain into my wrist and forearm, so I think it was a good decision to rest up.
Touch down to Quebec City Airport
I was greeted at the airport by good friends who live in the area and who would play host for me and my traveling buddy, Kristen Courtney, for the week.
That sunshine didn't last for long...
As always the Mont Sainte-Anne track was rough but tons of fun.  We arrived to sunshine and headed out for a course walk following registration.  A new feature was created due to some trail damage that had occurred through the winter, which initially looked pretty straight forward during course walk....but in true Quebec fashion the tide turned just in time for the first day of practice and it poured rain making the track a soggy mess and turning all that fresh dirt into a slip and slide.
New "crooked rock drop"...looks awesome when dry
The fog and rain certainly made for some interesting practice laps and reminded me a lot of my first Mont Sainte-Anne experience...I was definitely glad to have a set of Schwalbe "Dirty Dan" tires for the mud and the "Muddy Mary" tires for when the track started to dry out!  I felt confident with my choices and it meant one less thing to worry about.
Dropping into the clouds
Still on the mend, I had to ride a bit more conservative than I would have liked through some of the rougher sections of the track, but was able to make up some time in the wide open ski-run sections and through the infamous bermed sections snaking along under the gondola.  I felt calm for the entire weekend and really focused on just having fun and not stressing about results.
When all was said and done, I ended up having a decent race run and held it together to come out with a 15th place finish.  This was my best finish so far at a world cup and despite looking to break the top 10, I was happy with this milestone and knowing that I am one step closer to that goal.  This result really fuels the fire to keep pushing and improving.
Now it's time to focus on Crankworx where I'll be racing in three DH races...had to rush back to Whistler for Garbonzo DH practice the very next day and race day is tomorrow!

Until next time...