Friday, 5 February 2016

Park City Grand Prix

After finishing in Mammoth it was time to head to Park City for the last Grand Prix of the trip before heading home for some R&R. Mammoth was a great trip and I really enjoyed my time there. I hope to go back next year. I had booked a flight out of LA with the rest of the team and the day before our flight bad weather rolled in. The best option was to get out of Mammoth and head to LA for a day/night. Unfortunately though that meant a 5 hour drive!




 It turns out that we didn't have that much time in LA. So Ben and I went to the mecca of all gyms. Golds Gym. It was really weird. It is absolutely massive and full of meat heads. But it was pretty cool to be in the same gym Arnold Schwarzenegger trained! After that a few of us went for breakfast and then it was time to fly.



First day of training in Park City was normal World Cup procedure. Bad weather again. It should have been called off but the organisers ran it anyway. The second day was actually much better though. The weather cleared and there was no wind. I managed to do my run in training even though it was a bit scrappy. So it filled me with a bit on confidence right before the event. It was limited training due to the first day being terrible weather. So I made the most of what I had.





On the day of the comp it was slightly worse weather. It was over cast and the light wasn't great. They sprayed the pipe so it was manageable. I dropped 28th. So pretty late on in the field. I prefer to drop earlier on so there is less waiting around after practice and you are a bit fresher. Less hanging around as well. First run went well. Not as good as I would have hoped. I missed a few grabs and landed a bit flat on a few hits so it cost me slightly. Second run I cleaned up all the weak areas but on my last hit(switch 900) I scrubbed the landing. It was a much better cleaner run and I was on for a better score. But due to the bobble on the last hit the judges mark me down heavily. I set myself a personal goal of landing my new run, which was the same one I did in Mammoth and also finishing inside the top 20. I managed to achieve both of these so I was really pleased. I am continuing to make progress which is good as I hit a bit of a plateau earlier in the season. It feels nice to be back on the upward curve.








 

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Mammoth

Early January I went back to Breckenridge to ski before heading to Mammoth for a World Cup followed by a Europa Cup. Breckenridge didn't go so well for me unfortunately. After travelling I picked up a bit of a bug. Ended up with a cough and a bit of a cold. Nothing to serious but enough to stop me from skiing for 2 days and not being able to get back to properly training again for another 3. It knocked me back a bit and left me slightly underprepared for the upcoming events. 




On the 18th of January I flew to Mammoth and in typical World Cup style, the weather came in pretty badly. The first day I arrived it was dumping down with snow. I was staying at the very bottom of the mountain and when I woke up I knew straight away that practice was cancelled. As soon as there was confirmation of the cancellation everyone went skiing powder. It was crazy. About 3ft of fresh snow. It was a bit windy but definitely worth going out in! 




Finally after 1 days practice the competition went ahead. It was actually great weather and the halfpipe was in perfect shape. I really like the halfpipe in Mammoth. It suits my style of skiing. The competition went pretty well for me. I didn't get the result I wanted but I did make a big bit of progress regarding my run. I managed to put 2 new tricks in as well as my double. I hadn't done my since last April and I managed to land it in competition. Twice! I recently learnt switch rodeos and also switch 900's. So both of them went in my run and it went well. 





In between the World Cup and the Europa Cup myself and the rest of the halfpipe crew went to the hot springs. There is a lot of natural hot springs round Mammoth Lakes. It is great to relax and rest up before the next event.



Next up was the Europa Cup. This was not a good event for me. It was a great opportunity for me to do well and get a good result but it did not go my way. I messed up both runs and didn't make finals. I had 2 bobbles on each run which cost me. I was not to pleased about it but still managed to land my double twice which was great. I am getting a lot more confident with it which means I can start to progress and move onto better tricks.






Next up is the Park City, Utah Grand Prix/ World Cup and then a week at home before heading to Laax. So check here for the update soon!