Date Posted:1 December 2018
LIFE LESSONS Winter has come and gone in Tassie and the rain is starting to ease which only means one thing…. Race season is coming!
Hey Guys, Izzy here….
Winter has come and gone in Tassie and the rain is starting to ease which only means one thing…. Race season is coming!
After having 3 months off due to a knee injury which resulted in a cortisone Injection, I was starting with minimal fitness. September 1St was my go day for training again and I couldn’t have been more pumped! But little did I know how desperate I was to be fit again, I would push too hard and try a ride faster and faster! This led to many little, silly crashes during training, I then had to have 3-4 days off after every crash! This cycle was reoccurring, and my fitness wasn’t improving nearly as much as it should have been due to a lack of consistent training. With some important racing coming up at the end of October and start of November I was so annoyed at myself! I had forgotten why I ride my bike.
I raced National Gravity Enduro championships in Adelaide, where I finished second in U19’s due to a crash, I’m really not good at learning, am I?
photo by Kaneophoto
My biggest event of the season was Round 2 of EWS Continental Series, in Derby. Where I raced up from U17’s to U21’s to try and Qualify for a spot in the 2019 EWS season. I’m happy to report that I did Qualify for EWS next year and I also took the win in the U21 women’s category. Everything clicked for me on the race day and I realised that if I stopped trying so hard, relied on my skills and just had fun, that I was actually faster!
Although many of you are sitting here thinking come on Iz, everyone knows this… well you’d be right. My Coach ben and my mum have been saying for this for months, after every single crash I had. I guess I’m too stubborn for my own good and I had to figure that out for myself. Haha I’ll never forget it now…. Trust me!
Ride your bike because you love it!
Words by Izzy Flint