Five Weeks to Beijing!
Well I’ve been training hard the last 4 weeks here in Les Angles and am getting to the last few weeks before I pack up and leave the mountains. We have all been working hard to get the most out of our training and be ready to go in Beijing. The weather has been mixed which means some days we wake up to 5 degrees and sun that turns into a 25 degree beautiful day OR it could be completely clouded in and hailing in the afternoon. It’s a surprise each day. I don’t mind. We have been very lucky with our bike training and have only had a few rough runs in the rain…Saturday was a 2hr run starting in the rain up the mountain and on the way down the hail started, very fun. Darren gets bonus points for joining me on that one!
In just over two weeks I will travel to Turkey and race an ITU Continental Cup to get out the race jitters and a prep for the big one. From there I will travel to Jeju, South Korea and meet up with Darren and Daniela, joining the Swiss Olympic team for the final prep and heat acclimatization. I will stay for 9 days and then to Beijing ready for business! Our race is the 18th so I will be near our race venue until after the event and then will go to the athletes’ village to experience the games…an amazing reward for the hard work. I am trying to stay focused on training and the race but am very very excited to watch some of the other Canadians in their events!! Once my race is finished I will be a fanatic spectator and hope to see as much as possible. For now its still head down and focused on maximizing each day so I am as prepared as I can possibly be. The Tour de France is very close to where I am so the energy is helping us all stay motivated. We are also surrounded by many world class athletes; Darren has definitely found a great spot for us to train.
Thank you everyone for all of your great support and I will do my best to represent Canada well in Beijing!!