Our training was complemented with some technical, theory and planning sessions led by running expert Bobby McGee and our High Performance Director Libby Burrell. Its no secret that my running is my weakness, so being able to work with Bobby and have him give me feedback really makes me feel confident I'll be a stronger and more consistent runner going forward. Libby sat us down for some realtalk where she laid out the high performance and funding structure moving forward. Of note was the emphasis on our need to improve the results and depth on the Men's side. As impressive as it was qualifying 3 Men's spots this past summer there is clearly a drop in numbers that only recovers around the U25 age group. Ultimately, competition breeds success and we can only get better if there are more Males going head-to-head with greater frequently. I feel like we are moving in the right direction, and with our leadership Canada will be able to move up the rankings these next few years.
On the other side, the ladies can just keep on keepin on.
Been back in Victoria for a couple of days and I am still a bit fatigued from the travel. I had an opportunity to sleep in today, however it was not to be as CCES rolled up at 7AM looking for a sample. I was not a fun person to be around given I was in zombie-mode, but the testers were in good spirits and I'm always keen on helping keep sport clean.
I also had some testing on the bike today which involved some blood taking, concentration and a lot of pain. The testing is designed to help us track our improvement over time and although I didn't test earlier in the year I can definitely say I've improved. I might toss up the numbers if people want to check them out.
Looking forward I'm excited to say I am healthy and will be ready to get back on the start line at the Bazan Bay 5k World Championships.
Thats not an understatement.
This race is flat and fast, perfect for a PB, and usually it attracts some of the faster guys out west. I've been unable to do it the last 4 years mostly due to injury, so I'm looking for a wicked 5k PB and early scalps. Funnily enough it was my main winter goal this season, as I know if I'm healthy enough to compete than I've had a consistent winter.
Stoked for the weekend!