I’ve been a busy gal. In a period of eight days, I competed four times and three of those were over five days. Is that a recipe for peak performances and stellar conditions? Probably not. But I have been down that road this season, where you carefully plan out everything to a T, make sure you are getting the proper rest and recovery, eating your brussel sprouts, and ensuring your body is primed for optimal work. And as any quick internet search will tell you… it didn’t work out so swell for me. So I tossed that plan out the window and decided to have some fun and eat a lot of pizza. And also try my best. As I wrote in my last blog, I really feel like I came to a point where I turned my brain around, so to speak. And ever since then I have been approaching this work in a different light. Do I take it seriously? Yea, to an extent. But there comes a point when you realize that they won’t be taking you off the wait list for the Diamond League meeting in Monaco, when you have to look at the options you do have and make the most of them.
After I jumped in a small meet in Bottrop, Germany last week I headed over to Italy for three small competitions. If you know me, then you know I love me some Italy. I get to eat to my hearts content, drink an insane amount of cappucino’s, and shop. Finances precluded me from doing too much of the latter, but the eating and drinking I did in abundance. Here is me in action over the last week…
A picture I took on the way to Pergine, Italy. Sometimes you stumble upon some of the most gorgeous places when you travel to these small meets. People in Italy didn’t even know where this place was, but I’m glad I got the chance to visit.
Lignano, Italy used to be my base in the summer. But as you can see, it’s way more fitted to feeling like vacation than it is to training, which is why I now base in Germany. While I was here though, I decided to make the most of it!
What is so great about going to smaller meets, is that you feel like the big athlete. Fans in Italy are great… all the people want your autograph and to make a photo with you. It’s nice to feel appreciated and to get a small dose of the Usain Bolt treatment. 🙂
Even though I was enjoying my time to the best of my ability, I still won 3 out of the 4 meets. Maybe if I had cut back on the gelato and pizza I would have won the fourth as well… but then I would have missed out on the gelato and pizza… hmm.