This weekend went much better for me... dropped my National handicap down to 25.28 (Silver Division, Nastar... 10 days raced with 71 runs) compared to last year (Bronze, 39.6, 5 days raced and 27 runs).
Interesting development on Saturday, coming out of the Start House, polling to the first gate, I bent one pole (it was weakened from a fall a couple weeks ago), but nonetheless, the pole was DOA at the finish line. Not wanting to miss any gate time, I chose to run with only one pole the rest of the day Saturday and Sunday.
For everyone that commented this weekend, "You can't race with only one pole...", I beg to differ. Again, being a newb at this... it forced me to work on my "skating" starts, two to three good leg push-offs, prior to setting up for the first gate... and my times DROPPED significantly... by almost an entire second. Further (for those that read and commented on my previous thread)... by skating to the first gate, it forced me to stay forward in my boots, and get both hands out well ahead of me. Personally, my carves and transitions were much improved. Video of me starts at 1:27, lasts until 1:41
Now for the question...
My fastest times came after 7-8 runs each day. I thought I was being aggressive early on, but clearly I wasn't. With Nationals coming up, and qualifying is two runs each day, fastest time/hdcp counts for the day.... How do you prepare yourself to "come out flying"?
Now when I say "flying" I don't mean recklessly, but agressively/not holding back. Being that Nationals will be on a new course (to me), I will not have any gate time on that course prior to the event, although I did sign up for a one day Race Clinic @ Snowmass the day before the event.