If you can believe it, this winter had a worse start than last season: lots of rain and not-so-cold temps well into mid-December. Though disappointing, especially after a big snow at the end of October, it did provide for an extended pre-season conditioning portion to the workout schedule. So at least our bodies were in great shape at the start of the season.
|Boards Ready to Go Fast!|
The weather at Holiday Valley was cold, overcast, spitting snow and sometimes sunny. It was nice to have snow and for it to finally feel like winter. Ale and Gray did a great job all weekend long. This was Ale’s 3rd year racing and Gray’s 1st season of competition. Having both athletes there, practicing each morning and racing all day, really created a neat ‘team’ feel to the weekend.
|Ale @ the Top|
|Gray Ready to Rock|
It was cool to have support from ‘Team Canada’ throughout the weekend too. They decided to adopt us and were cheering loud and ringing their cowbells every race. Another element making the trip worthwhile was the dedicated, full-length SBX Course at Holiday Valley. Nothing like hitting a course right off the bat that’s as long as what we would experience at Nationals. Lots of features through the entire length of the course provided for a real test of how prepared our bodies were from the off-season gym training. Much discussion on the way home about how helpful and fun it would be to have a dedicated SBX (and SX) course situated on a local mountain.
|Coach Jb on the Podium|
|4 Golds Each to Start the Season|