When I turned up at practice on Monday morning I was ready for anything; thank goodness because of the 80km wind gusts and sometimes white squall conditions were unfavourable. Practice started late because the pipe maintenance people had to deal with the six inches of snow in the bottom and when the course did open we had to ride in the gusty cross winds.
Many athletes left training with only a few runs under them but our crew, Lauren Shanahan, Coach Roberto Marfia, and myself, stayed until the end. I had heard a storm was coming in and I wanted to get a good feel for the pipe. The pipe its self had a beautiful shape…it was just the stubborn weather that was adverse.
I awoke Tuesday morning to sun out my window but still there was that pesky wind. I had a bad feeling about practice. Sure enough the message came down the line that practice was cancelled for both snowboarders and skiers. This was going to be the last day of practice before qualifiers. A bit annoying but I was okay with this, I had Bob Palmer that evening, so I was going to ride in my mind anyway.
This extra time gave me the opportunity to get some much needed work done. I started my athlete page on Facebook and sent the word out to my FB friends. I updated my website with news and some pictures. In addition to all of that I set up a meeting with the Make-A-Wish foundation to see if I could be a part of their Rope for Hope event. In this event 90 participants who raise the most money repel from a 30 storey building in the heart of downtown
When Roberto came back from the riders meeting that night it was said that if the skier qualifiers were cancelled on Wednesday then the formatting would be changed to a one run qualifier including both skiers and snowboards, opposed to the separate days for skiers and snowboarders who get two runs each. Again this was all good because I have Palmer in my corner.
My meeting with Bob Palmer was great. We went through some preparation exercises that will give me the edge on my competitors. To me I had a great day in the pipe, working my passes and running through new tricks I want to land. I ended the meeting in a state of readiness.
That night I went to bed listening to the howling of the wind outside my window and even was woken up by it in the middle of the night. I had a feeling that the skier qualifiers would be pushed back and the alternative format would be implied.
Sure enough today, the now 160km winds cancelled the skier qualifiers and there was no practice for anyone. Here is a picture taken with my Sony NEX-5 with a fisheye lens.
Once again I am left to snowboarding in my head where it is always sunny and with a perfect pipe. To me, I have already performed my run about twenty times and practiced a bunch of drills.
Tomorrow it should be sunny out, go figure. I might only have one run, but I am ready for that run and will make it count!