This weekend I competed at my first world cup since March 2014! I have been away from World Cup since the Olympics as I was concentrating on training specific areas of my technique.
My main focus for the competition was the qualification round. This is where you do a run by yourself against the clock. The fastest 8 women qualify straight through into heats the next day, everyone else does another run and another 8 women go through to the next day.
I made one mistake at the top and another at the bottom of my first run but my middle section was so fast I still got a good time and JUST missed out on the top 8. I was 9th by 0.21 of a second! In my second run I got a faster time (1:05.96 verses 1:06.24) but some of the other girls got faster as well so I ended up qualifying through in 13th. I was really happy with the promise I showed on the first run, to be that close to getting through on the first round showed that the training I did last season has really made a difference to my technique.
My first heat the next day didn’t go as well and I got knocked out so finished 15th overall, a solid result for my first comp back. It’s going to take a while to get back into World Cup but I can see the differences in my riding now verses last season, in fact quite a few people have commented on it to me so I’m hopeful for the future and really looking forward to my next race!
The next World Cup was meant to by this coming weekend but it got cancelled due to lack of snow so my next race will be the German World Cup in Feldberg 22nd – 24th January.
Between now and then I’m training in Zell am Ziller, Austria with the rest of the British Snowboard cross team apart from Christmas week which I’m spending in France with my family.
I hope everyone has a good Christmas and new year!