Thought I'd publish this as perhaps a help to some newer course skiers. I think sometimes people get insanely frustrated when they appear to have taken a big step back.
But some days, ya just don't have it.
This morning I thought I'd be a bit off because I had some very aggressive (and painful!) massage therapy done around my shoulder, psoases, and other places. I was pretty sore and weak, so decided I'd stay away from -38. No need to worry about THAT! I struggled like heck with my opening pass (-28), and then worked my ass off to squeek through a few -32s. -35 was a joke; shouldn't have even tried it.
Two days earlier, I was going deep -38 and had my first "oh man I shouldda run that" of the season.
And I'll be right back there soon, because I know that today doesn't mean anything unless I let it.
Some days, ya just don't have it.