Entretien avec Rasa : on travaille son anglais
A short virtual interview with Rasa (Club Optivol - Ligue de Normandie) who has reached a new competition level this year.
Following your season, I have seen a step change (travelling around the world). Please could you give us some background and a summary of your season ?
First I found my main goal of the year: at the end of 2017, I decided to participate in European Championship 2018. I had this possibility as I qualify for it to fly for Lithuania.
Then it was quite a serious preparation. I bought a Zeno and registered to several Open competitions as 'for training' : Roldanillo Open in Colombia, Italian Open, Belgian Open – all in different countries, different time, with different terrain and different flying conditions. The goal of every competition was to improve my performance and my self-confidence. I think I did everything well, since all three ended on podiums J.
Later, Ukrainian and Lithuanian Open was the most successful competition with winning female podium and my highest ever overall 7th place.
My main goal was to be at the top at Europeans, and I managed to win one task there
What have you learned / discovered this year ?
Maybe I could not do better in a competition like the European Chamionship. However, I realised there that even very top pilots are not gods and you can compete with them J.
I was also expecting PWCA Turkey to be my very good performance, however, I failed. There was several reasons and big mistakes, which are considered and analysed for future. I still have many things to improve: taking fast decisions, dealing with my flight instruments, managing glider in colapses, etc.
Some top competitors have a kind of personal coach. Have you any coach ?
I do not have any coach now, actually, there is no competition coaching in Lithuania. All I do is my own decisions, however, they are based on experience of 13 years flying in competitions. I have been learning from every competition I participated, and I am still learning now: you meet top pilots, you talk to them, you accept their advices and you adopt for yourself the details you need.
In August, you and 3 'Very Experienced' Optivol members partipated to the Ukrainian open. Beyond helping them with the language, have you provided them any advice based on your "high level" competition experience ?
For Ukrainian-Lithuanian Open this year, I do not feel I could be a real coach there, all pilots in the team - Herve, Rodrigue and Jean-Luc - are not less experienced than me.
The only thing I could advice to them (and that I have actually learned during Europeans which ended just a week before Ukraine) was: "start to push the speedbar immediately after race start and keep with the leading group even if there is no „indicators of thermals“ ahead - the leading points are very important for the score“.
We all tried to keep this "leading“ and it worked: it was really great to see each other at the head the race and in goal, and on teams‘ podium of course:
2018 is nearly over: What about next year ?
For 2019, now I have two objectives:
- to be on general podium of Lithuanian championship,
- to participate in PWCA (1 or 2 events) and achieve a good result.
Objectives on the way are: learn to deal better with flight instruments, better manage glider in colapses, 2-3 Open competitions as training.