Super fast update. I hadn't wrote anything for sometimes because I have been to lazy to process the photos.. or I simply hadn't have any time to do it. Last weekend started the BMX season in Finland. I were there as an audience, because my back still doesn't allow me to ride. I have forgot to report that I took few steps backwards in the healing process. After the weekend on MX bike I got a phone call from the doctor. He told me that the fracture in my back is really serious. So right now I'm not even allowed to aqua jog. Never would believe that I can actually miss that.
Back to the race weekend. I don't know how many riders we had but the age range was pretty nice. I would say that the youngest rider were about 2 years old and the oldest might have been 50. Don't wanna over or under estimate anyone :) Anyway there was no problems in races, if we doesnt' count that ambulance took off for a moment, which put the race on hold.
Let's cut the crap. There was two things I kept on wondering till the time I fell asleep at night. First; how can we get more girls in to the sport? I recon that problem will never be fully solved, but we can make it better. Second problem is something I have been thinking already before the races. Now it was pointed out this even more: skills or speed? What I mean is that in Finland riders focuses more to ride the track by using skills as a manual or jumps... Which makes them lack the focus on speed. I think I were able to find the golden mean: It's important to practice skills. You can also use them in races. First recommend to use new skills in smaller races, like club race. Later on in bigger events too. The only thing I wish riders to focus is that they know what they do. They know when they focus on being as fast as they can, and also knowing when they are practicing to use skills. Forexamble deciding that they will try to manual on 3rd straight even it's not the fastest way to go. This way they would be aware when they are focusing on being fast or skillful. In the end those two things will meet. With most of the riders that moment is still ahead. No offence, only thing I'm trying to highlight is to be aware about what gives you more speed. The hard part is that it doesn't always feel like the fastest way. Jumping feels fast, most often it's not. Training skills is fun, but being fast is somekind of skill too. You can learn to take 2 more pedal strokes in the place you thought u couldn't get none ;)
It's already night! Tomorrow I have heaps to do. The state of my back is getting more serious day by day. Just because my mental balance isn't strongest without being on the bike..