Whew! The last three or so weeks have been a bit packed, so I’m catching you up on Rome, New York, and USAs here.
I competed in the Rome Golden Gala on June 9th
in the 1964 Olympic Stadium. I love Rome! I’ve gotten to visit some of its more famous places and wander a bit in the unknown ones, too. It is overall beautiful and the weather never disappoints! I’ve competed okay here and I have also been terrible. This particular performance was on the bad end of the spectrum, and I don’t think I was really prepared to feel disappointment yet after being simply grateful all year to just be on the runway.
|Rome practice track/warm-up area.|
|It’s very…Roman. 🙂|
There were 11 girls competing in Rome, and I knew that they would probably take 8 to finals. In the third round, I was in eighth, and Linda Stahl was after me in the order and hadn’t yet recorded a mark. She is a proven competitor! I knew that she would pass me if I gave her the chance, so I brought some extra energy to the throw, but didn’t do anything different technically (I continued to let my left hip collapse at the block and push my chest too early). No improvement: I stayed at 57.30m and in eighth place, and just as I suspected, was passed and ended up ninth (also known as the first person not to make finals).
The two other times I have competed at the Adidas Grand Prix, we have thrown at like 7am. I exaggerate, but really, 9am EST, so at least 7am MST and 6am to me when I was living in San Diego (PST). Obviously, you just have to deal with it, go to bed earlier and throw, but going to the meet and expecting competition time to be early meant that I was THRILLED to see that we threw at 1pm this year! Amazing! Happy Kara!
|The ladies of the 2014 Adidas Grand Prix!|
|Stadium view from the podium. We threw outside on the practice track, though.|
|Plane sunset with an ocean view on my way home.|