The week in Berlin seems to have flown by and the one thing I definitely feel from this week is privileged. I don’t really think there’s any better words to describe what it’s like to be in the company of some of the country’s finest athletes, to witness their positivity and their humour, and, of course, their competitive spirit. I write this on Saturday, the day before my first international, and it’s safe to say I’ve been inspired by the other athletes as they’ve competed over the last two days. Really looking forward to my own competition now – just a few hours left.
The week has progressed much like it started, short training sessions every day to give the legs a run-out, but not enough to create any lactic build-up. Thursday and Friday were down at the track whereas today was a short low-intensity jog around one of the fantastic parks (the Mendelssohn-Bartholdy-Park if anyone’s interested!). On Friday afternoon I headed down to the stadium to watch the 100m heats in some pretty changeable weather – I think we went from a -3.4 to a +0.8 wind at one point – not easy racing for sure! However, the athletes took it in their strides and put in some solid performances.
Saturday afternoon was about getting some time off my legs ready for tomorrow, so I watched as much of the remaining races as I could on the live stream. I say as many as I can, as I’m still trying to crack my uni work before I get back, and the stream finished at 1800 – a little frustrating. It’s also time to prepare for the race, so a quick service on the blades, making sure the bolts are all tightened and getting everything I need in one place.
All in all, I feel in a good place. Being out here for this much time has forced me to take rest, which I definitely needed. Watching the other athletes has given me confidence and every single training session has been great. Now all that remains is to deliver on the day!
The one major downside of being out here for so long is the time away from my ladies. By the time I get home I will have been away for 8 days, which is the longest I’ve been away since Emily has been around, and I certainly feel it! Think I’m probably going through the normal new Dad stuff when they go away – will she still remember me?! Hayley has made sure I’ve had plenty of photos and videos to keep me going, so not as bad as it could be!
For now, eating and resting carry on! Next update post-race.