To say that the 2015 Telemark Nationals did not go as planned would be an understatement. While I'm still happy I managed to salvage a couple podiums and 3rd overall...I did not ski my best all week, which is very disappointing.
Before I get into all of that, the crew at Sunlight, Ken Gay, and the rest of the organizers did a fantastic job hosting the races. They built us a huge jump, the race hill had excellent terrain, the crew did a great job keeping the course in good shape despite temperatures ranging into the 70's, and best of all they built a killer 360. It skied awesome in both directions, which is very rare. For a little mountain pretty far off the beaten path, it was a terrific venue to hold Nationals, and I can't wait to come back in the future and redeem myself!
I didn't exactly get off to the best start either, during the second run of the Sprint Classic on Friday, I had a huge wreck of the jump (I could talk about this for hours, if you are curious feel free to ask). which resulted in one broken ski, one broken pole, one very colorful and swollen thumb, and more aches and pains then I can count. I am very thankful to only walk away from a crash like that with the few injuries I have. Anytime there are enough forces involved to de-camber a ski, I have to count my blessings that none of my bones are de-cambered.
I guess you could say that for the crash on Friday really put me off my game for Saturday and Sunday. I'm not sure that's true, but I definitely didn't feel like myself out there. A few bumps and bruises are also no excuse mental errors.
On the bright side, there is no motivator like the taste of defeat. I will be back next year, I will be bigger, I will be faster, I will be stronger, and I will not make the same mistakes twice.
This week I am in Bozeman, Montana visiting the Exercise Physiology Graduate program (fingers crossed I get in), as well as getting in a little soul shredding at Big Sky and Bridger Bowl for spring break. A week off is definitely in order to get my head screwed on straight and lay out my training plan for the offseason. Then its time to get back to work!