It's been a busy couple weeks for me. I had 3 competitions over the course of like 10 days, in two different states, and in two days I leave for my next event in Japan.
I flew to Mammoth January 17th, and registration and practice for the US Grand Prix began the next day. It was fun to be back in Mammoth's Half Pipe because the laps are so fast. Over the next couple days, Mammoth's famous winds rolled in, as well as some storm weather. The contest had to get postponed and I started to get nervous. The same situation with weather occurred last year, and the whole event had to get cancelled. Luckily, on the last day possible, they were able to run our event during a little clear patch of weather.
My parents flew out to Mammoth a couple days later to watch the next competition, Revolution Tour. It was awesome getting to see them again for the first time in a couple months. They haven't seen me compete in a couple years so I'm glad they were able to make it out. The weather had once again turned bad; 60mph winds and rain. Some of the events got cancelled but luckily half pipe was able to run.
Right after the competition ended I drove out Utah with my friend Hailee and her dad Matt for the Park City stop of the US Grand Prix which began the next day. Unfortunately for my parents, the weather had gotten so bad in Mammoth that their flight ended up being delayed 3 days.
Park City's pipe was pretty intimidating for me. For some reason it seemed to tower over the half pipes I was used to. On the first day of practice the light was pretty flat so I was having a hard time navigating this pipe I had never ridden. I couldn't see any definition in the snow between the flat bottom, transition, and walls so I wasn't able to practice as hard as I wanted. The lighting was better the next day, but I still found myself struggling for some reason. Maybe I just wasn't used to the shape of this pipe, so I couldn't find the line I needed to be in. This was one of my most challenging competitions. I never even worked on my spins in practice because I was still just trying to ride the pipe and get amplitude. I didn't place how I had wanted to, but at least I was able to put down my 540s in the contest run.
I got a ride back to Colorado as soon as the event was over so I could have a couple days to rest before leaving for Japan. After being on the road for 19 days, I need a few days to rest my body and mind before going to Japan for 3 weeks. I'm so excited for my upcoming trip to Japan. I can't wait to experience this exciting new place!