Last weekend we visited Camp Galilee down in El Dorado Springs, MO. A cool little place that is used for retreats and has a Summer Camp . One other thing they have is some very rocky and technical off-road trails. Several events are held there annually including this past weekends Forward Motion round.
This past year Christopher seemed to do better on trails with rocks and that are technical. He was looking forward to round #13 of the series as it headed to the renowned Camp Galilee rocks. I do not know what was in his head on Sunday, but it sure was not riding. Maybe he was still in the ACT mindset (Saturday he took another ACT to try and improve his score). I went out on a recon lap with him and it was like he had never ridden before. Poor kid was getting arm pump up, could not make it up any of the rocky climbs nor ride a rut and ended up crashing 4 times - see video below.
I almost suggested to him that he just sit out this race. Sometimes it is just not your day. When it is not it is best to take it easy or you just might get yourself hurt. We finished up the recon lap and I gave him some suggestions and told him to just treat this event like a personal challenge and be glad to just finish the event safely. I think the close points battle he is in is getting to him. Some people can not take the added pressure and perform badly. I have seen and been in many championship battles. I remember back in 1984 when my brothers were racing. Joey was in the Open B class and was in a tight battle all year long. Sometimes pressure would get to him, but he ended up fighting hard and won the 1984 Florida State Championship.
Win or lose it has been a great year of racing with my son. He will need a little luck to take home the championship on Sunday. Both Tom and Tony are faster than Christopher and both have taken home wins in the last two rounds. Momentum is on their side for sure. I hope he
appreciates what is happening right now. Some of my best memories in my
life have been these points battles that take place when you get a
chance to compete in championship events like the Forward Motion Hare
Scrambles Championship. I have been fortunate to win more than my share of championships. Some were won with true grit and some I just got lucky. I remember them all however and feel very lucky to have won them.