I just wanted to give you a quick resume what happened the last weeks. I was competing at the downhill national champs in Schladming. I have to be honest the conditions where horrible for me and I had struggle to hold on, physical and mentally. It was very very muddy at race day and I was just trying to go not over the bar, which worked great for me but I was not happy about my time but I was okay with my 4th placement. I knew since my crash early this year I haven’t gotten my self-confidence back yet and I could feel it especially at this race very much. The pressure was on and I think first time in my race career I hated to race.
I knew if my performance wasn’t well I wouldn’t compete at the DH world champs in September. The national team manager wanted to decide after the race and he did. It was very embarrassing for me to get told in front of all the other riders that your performance was crap. I was very sad – sad about my racing- sad about the decision and sad about the fact that I won’t compete at the home country world champion ships in Leogang- …. The biggest thing for an athlete I guess.
I went home – got settled and thought no don’t give up; ask for a start place in 4x. I mean I am the number 8th of the world at this moment so reason enough to start I thought. But hmm not really I got another challenge to manage. I had to get top 8th at the European Champs in Poland. So my mission was – get ready and perfectly prepared. I got time of in my work, thanks for this to Michi – CICLOPIA the best boss ever. I asked my best friend Markus (on of the best BMX riders in Austria- for me the best☺ ) for coaching and I trained very hard- two times per day and I pushed myself to get my self-confidence back.
So after 3 ½ weeks rocky training I competed at the European Champs and I can say I haven’t never been so proud on myself than at this race. You have to understand most of the girls they have a “check list“ when they practice. We are not like the boys who always go easy over the big jumps in the first run. It’s like -okay first this jump then the other and the goal is to tick off all the points…I did that and it felt great. I got over my fear did the big jumps, fought and at the end I won the semi finals and placed 5th. And the happy end of this story is I GO TO THE WORLDS. YEAH mission completed.
1st Katy Curd
2nd Anita Molcik
3rd Lucia Oetjen
4th Romana Labounkova
People I want to say thank you: Christian from Hayes group who supported my in Schladming, Elias V. who let me stay in his camping Van in Schladming, to Mihai B. who trained with me in Schladming. Markus who trained me the last month, Rudi who pushed me over the biggest jump in Poland, the nice couple in Poland and Caroline B. who told me the right words in the right moment.
And of course all my sponsors who help me all the time.
you can see me on this video about minute 3