Ha­ley Smith’s top per­for­mance through process

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - NEWS -

Ha­ley Smith got on a plane 15 hours af­ter win­ning bronze at the Gold Coast Com­mon­wealth Games in Aus­tralia. It was Fri­day morn­ing when she took off, and Fri­day morn­ing when she landed in Cal­i­for­nia. On Satur­day, she raced the U.S. Cup cross coun­try event in Bonelli Park, San Di­mas, Calif. She fin­ished fifth. On Sun­day, she was third at the short track event. Then she rested, sort of. She had a week of easy train­ing be­fore rac­ing the Sea Ot­ter Clas­sic the next week­end.

“I don’t re­ally feel like I need a break yet,” Smith said the day af­ter Bonelli had wrapped up. “My coach trained us to do hard ef­forts fre­quently. The past four or five days weren’t as hard as some of the train­ing blocks I’ve done.” “So, I’m OK,” she added with a laugh. She cred­ited her re­sults, es­pe­cially her bronze i n Aus­tralia, to her out­look ahead of the races. “I wasn’t fo­cused on a plac­ing,” she said of the Gold Coast event. “I was only fo­cused on the ef­fort. One of my pri­mary goals was to drive every climb. As the race went on, work­ing to­ward that goal meant I started to reel peo­ple in.” Early in the xco event, Smith was eighth. As the race pro­gressed, she worked her way to the podium.

Smith’s sea­son will con­tinue to have blocks of rac­ing and train­ing un­til Septem­ber. It’s a process that will take her to World Cups, na­tion­als and pos­si­bly the world cham­pi­onships once again.

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