When you’ve been doing this as long as I have, you come to realize when freak-outs aren’t necessary. You can’t all of the sudden become a bad jumper in a few weeks time. It’s virtually impossible. I started off this indoor season on a good note. That tells me all I need to know. It tells me that on any given day, I can jump pretty far. That doesn’t mean on every given day I will. Unfortunately it doesn’t always work that way. As a young competitor, I didn’t really understand that and I would let a bad competition get the best of me. I’d start to wonder what was wrong, I’d try to change things hoping to fix it, and I would begin to doubt myself. But now I try to take it in stride and stay positive. Sure. I allow myself a 24-hour sulking period, but I find that therapeutic. These days I am relying on myself far more than ever before so it’s that much more important that I don’t become a head case.
In keeping with the theme this year, I’m posting the following video of one of my jumps. The word that comes to mind for me is pancake. I really felt so incredibly flat trying to come off the board during the whole competition. Other than that though…I felt great! I tried tweaking a few things in my approach, but it’s hard to tell if it worked or not, being as though I had so much trouble getting 2 inches off the ground at takeoff. As always, feel free to share your thoughts. Some I’ll take in to consideration, others...maybe not. :)