Having a look back through my posts, the last 10 weeks have flown by! I can’t quite believe it’s been that long since I posted, or even that long since the Anniversary Games. So much has changed in that short time, and I’ve deliberately kept a bit more of a low profile over the rest of the summer. Hopefully this post will serve as a bit of a catch up – so will probably be a bit longer than normal – before I get back to a normal posting routine.
The Anniversary Games were a bit of a wake up call for me. That was by far and away the biggest arena I’d ever competed in, my second race in my classification, and my 19th race in total. Definitely a rapid progression, and I think it got the better of me a little. Building up to the race, my preparation had been good, my training had been going really well, I was well rested and well fed. So far, so good. Nothing except experience could have helped me prepare for the events of the day though, and I do feel like I let myself down a little. As we lined up for the start, I found myself becoming more focussed on the crowd and the cameras than what it was I was supposed to be doing. I think this was all a little compounded when we were reset for a faulty start. These things added together resulted in a really poor start – even by my standards. This led to me being a lot further back as we came off the bend than I expected to be, and gave me an awful lot more work to do. Thankfully I managed to keep my cool and dug in, and managed to pull a silver medal out of the bag, coming just 0.8 seconds behind Rich. But I wasn’t happy, I felt I’d let myself down – there was more to give.