The last bits of indoor season

The end of season is in sight and just some ‘big ones’ are left. One of them was, off course, nationals. The other one was a small treat I gave myself: XL Galan pre-programme in Stockholm. Since I am not (yet) good enough to compete everywhere I want I take advantage of the fact I travel to Stockholm to meet Judel and fill in one of the days with a nice competition.

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First things first: nationals. I was a bit nervous, but determined. In general I am in good shape and better form than ever. A little error in the process happened in January when I had some hamstring trouble after a sixty meter dash. After the race I directly realised that the damage wasn’t so severe. My physiotherapist confirmed it later that week. A ‘lucky’ run! Now I just had to be patient and recover so I would be fit in time. All worked out and in that weekend I did long jump and triple jump, all twelve attempts and all on full speed and strength. Turned out to a great result in long jump. A season best of 5.74 m and a 6th place. Unfortunately I couldn’t do what I had planned for triple jump. Still a season best of 12.13, the first competition this year (haha), and a bronze medal.

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But the overall feeling that Sunday was that I didn’t show what I was capable of. I learned a lot, though, about the mental state your in and what can make or brake a competition. So I started working on and with that on monday. The funny part was that my room mate Robin brought a book she got from her mom that was exactly the kind of information I needed. What a coincidence!

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I had not much time to think it all over, because I had to pack my bag to leave for Stockholm. Tuesday was a funny day. Left in the morning for work, fully packed with my suitcase. Left at the end of the day to go directly to Schiphol. There I had a dinner on my own and chilled until it was time to fly. Two hours later I saw my boyfriend again. Happy Tuesday :)

Than on Thursday there was XL Galan. It is held in ‘Globen’ in the city center of Stockholm where they build a track stadium for that few days. Swedes are good at that and building good track and field events and they are really fond of the sport. The pre-program was in a almost empty stadium since it was several hours before the main events, but still really cool to be there! I had signed up for long jump and 60 m dash. At 17:10 I started with long jump. It didn’t go that well, but my friends where there and I got some claps when I asked for that. Had a big bunch of fun allthough I jumped only 5.38.

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Directly after returning ‘backstage’ I had to call for the 60 meter dash. I changed my numbers and ms. Savchenko, later on second in the pole vaulting competition, helped me with my number on the back. A lot of people for the main event were warming up, which was cool to see. After a severall minutes I was good to go again and just in time to put on my spikes and go in for the sprint. I think that shift was a bit to quickly. I had a really, but I mean REALLY, horrible reaction from the blocks. So everyone was already gone for a step before I started to run. After that I was awake and started to push and run with the best I had. It paid out a bit, because I ran exact the same time as my PB (8.15). So next year .. should I definitely run under eight. Its almost a pitty that I am not running an extra competition!!

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Those were my last two track adventures for the indoor season. I had fu, but clearly have not giving what I got. I will save it for outdoor than! Now I am looking at a period of longer runs on track, lots of sour in the legs, but also having loads of jumps and seeing a bit more sun and warmth! Yes, lets go for summer!

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