blurr ambassador Stacey Weldon competed recently at the World Cup in Vail, her thoughts follow...
Two World cups down, three to go.
I didn't feel great during my warm up in Vail. I felt shakey and heavy. I tried to put it into the back of my mind. I knew I had warmed up properly and that I was ready, but stepping out onto he first problem I felt like I hadn't really warmed up at all. My foot popped off on the second move. I was able to regroup and send my next go, but it definitely didn't feel awesome.
Again, on the second problem I didn't feel on my game and my feet kept popping on the first moves. By the fourth try I had finally unlocked the sequence, and was able to send.
The last three problems I was not able to finish, but I got way higher on them than I thought I would. I'm stronger than I think, and when I got to the bonus hold I realized I hadn't really come up with a plan for the rest of the problem.
I felt like I could have done these problems. Maybe not in my five minutes, but they were totally doable, which I'm super stoked about. In previous years the problems have felt next level, and way beyond me.
In Toronto I was 2 spots out of semi's, but I felt so much further away because I couldn't even fathom doing the problems I would have needed to send to get into semis. In Vail I was 3 spots out, but only one or two doable moves away. Semis is in reach!!!
I've learned a lot about how to mentally approach World Cup problems from these comps, and I'm so excited to put it to use in China in two weeks.