The weather started out a bit on the iffy side with some chilly temps, rain and even some hail but has since improved considerably and is now what I would call perfect biking weather - warm but not hot, scattered clouds, slight breeze, and the odd sprinkle to keep the dust down. I went into last weekend's race feeling ready to do well but at the same time with not too much pressure on myself. Last year I had a great seeding run but then crashed in my race run and finished 8th... I was very disappointed. So this year I figured - all I have to do is relax, have a clean run, and improve on my result from last year. I felt good mentally in the start gate, focussed and with very little anxiety. The first few corners felt smooth but once I got into the first wooded section I realized that perhaps my body wasn't quite as relaxed as my mind was. I knew my lines but seemed to be just a little off, and so instead of focussing on what was coming up I was constantly telling myself to relax, trying to get back on my line and "back in the game". It's hard not to get frustrated with yourself when you know you're not having a good run when it means the most, but usually as long as you keep your head up it just translates to a bad run and nothing more. Unfortunately I got caught up in a root and ended up going over the bars down a hill, having to scramble up to get my bike, then stop again at the bottom of the hill to adjust my brake lever. Well, there goes that. I made it to the bottom, again disappointed but at least not injured, and ended up finishing 7th. Not how I visualized it but it could've been worse...
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