When the mental tricks don’t work Nerang XCO June 2018
Last Sunday I raced in the elite women’s category of the Queensland State Mountain bike cross country series which was held at Nerang. Nerang is very technical and challenging with steep rocky pinches, narrow trails with tight corners and steep descents. I have previously raced at Nerang and have ridden there socially. I find the trails push me out of my comfort zone and improve my technical riding.
Brisbane Valley Rail Trail E2E - 334Km round trip
The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT) runs from Wulkaraka (near Ipswich QLD) and runs to Yarraman (QLD). The trail is a disused train line and has an interesting history attached to it. Please look up www.brisbanevalleyrailtrail.com.au for more information.
The return trip to Yarraman is currently 334km - this distance will change when the Toogoolawah to Moore section is opened in June 2018.
Sunshine series 1st race of a 5 race series - Adare
'I have no words regarding this race' was what I uttered on the podium when I gained a surprise 3rd place. This is the worst I had felt in a race in a long time both mentally and physically.
I had pre-ridden the course the previous day twice. The first lap I did with another girl who has not been riding for very long so I had time to approach an obstacle, stop, assess the situation, ensure there were no massive drops after boulders and turn round and ride it. The only part of the course which I knew 100% I couldn't ride was a steep rocky hill. I made the decision on the practice lap that I wouldn't ride this. I made the conscious decision to stop at a particular bush and walk/run/hobble the next section until it was even enough to get back on. I seem to have a little trouble with my balance at the moment and I'm not sure if this due to the Fibromyalgia or my normal clumsy self.