Back in action! It’s been a crazy week (has it really only been a week?!) since the FISU heptathlon. A couple of Team Canada cheering days concluded our amazing time in China (our men’s basketball team won silver!) before we flew home (32 travel hours) and finally readjusted to life (if that’s even possible?).
The heptathlon was amazing. My Canadian teammate Natasha and I had a blast and our results reflected it…we championed three of the seven events between the two of us! It was a tough competition schedule and very hot conditions, but we relished in the experience and fed off the INCREDIBLE energy of the crowd and both came away with several personal bests, including overall point totals. I placed 8th with a final score of 5685 points…a big step in the right direction! Thanks to everyone who has made this season the best one yet!!!
Electronics were forbidden in the call rooms/competition areas, but I wish I could have recorded the ambiance in the stadium before our 200m race rounding out the first day. The crowd, 60, 000 strong, was pumped. up. The seconds before we were called to load ourselves into the blocks, the most amazing spectator wave was circling the stadium over and over, the same direction we were about to sprint, creating a whirlpool that couldn’t be resisted. Needless to say, Natasha and I came through with significant personal best times, finishing 1 and 2 in our heat.
After beginning the day with a disappointing hurdle race (lots of speed that needed a wee bit more control), I was able to refocus and either match or better my PBs for the remaining six events! Check the Universiade website for full results.
I’m currently watching the heptathlon at the IAAF World Championships…our Canadians are off to a good start! Shout-out to my training partner Damian Warner who finished the decathlon in Korea last night (this morning in North America) in excellent fashion. It has been hugely inspiring to watch him make such massive strides in such a short amount of time and burst onto the world stage.
Also I must say, it is WAY easier to compete than to watch the coverage and results streaming online, hoping to catch glimpses and dealing with slow updates! A renewed appreciation for the track and field fans of the world!!! Thank you!