I had managed a few good training sessions the week following Nove Mesto and was feeling in better shape physically and mentally. I slept well leading into the race and managed 7.5 hours the night before the race instead of just 4 hours the night before Nove Mesto.
Racing at 9.00 am is something I still have to adjust too. I’m definitely not a morning person so a 5:30 am alarm sure isn’t my favourite way to wake up on the morning of a World Cup. I started on the third row after my poor performance the week prior and managed to enter the single-track around 10th position. I made a concentrated effort to not push too hard early on and midway through the race I was around 15th position. I had my sights locked on a top 10 finish and pushed hard over the last few laps crossing the line in 10th position. I was much, much happier with my performance and to be heading in the right direction once again. It just comes down to training and needing more time on the bike.