First of all, a belated Happy New Year!
Down to business... Well the 2014 Athletics season has officially begun!
My campaign to qualify for the Commonwealth Games started off great with a PB in the 800m at the end of 2013. I ran at an inter club meet in Sydney against the clock and ran a 2:05.84, which was almost a second off my old personal best time! This was a great indicator of my fitness and strength, proving that all of the hard sessions during winter were paying off. After I ran this race there was speculation as to whether I would focus on qualifying for the 200m, 400m or 800m for the Commonwealth Games as I am relatively close to all three - I think it's safe to say I am sticking to the 400m this season!!
My first 400m race was two weeks ago at the Club Championships in Sydney, it was definitely a lung opener that's for sure! I ran a time of 53.32 which was great considering it was the first race of the season and I was out on my own. This time is less than a second away from the Comm Games qualifying time and there is plenty of things I need to fix up in my race plan which should take a big chunk out of the time too.
Last weekend, I ran my second 400m at the Hunter Track Classic in Newcastle. Hunter is such a great meet with lots of music, fancy cars and great competition, so I always enjoy racing there! I entered the track on top of a convertible Mercedes Benz!
I was happy with the way I actually set up my race, however unfortunately the time did not reflect the effort I was putting in just yet! I ended up just being overtaken in the last 20m by Caitlin Sargent. It was a great race for both of us to get out of the system I think and good to have someone so close to me to push those fast times out.
I am now focussing on the 200m for a couple of weeks to get my speed up and then will return to the 400m for the last few races of the season before potentially heading to the Bahamas for the World Relay Championships in May!
My next two races are:
- February 1st, Club Championships 200m
- February 8th and 9th, ACT State Championships 200m
Then after that I continue with the 400m at:
-March 15th, Sydney Track Classic 400m
-March 29th, Queensland Track Classic 400m
-April 3-6th, Australian Athletic Championships and Commonwealth Games Selection Trial (Melbourne) 400m & 200m
I am ready to jump into my next couple of weeks of training and am definitely very confident for my next races!
Thanks for all of the support and well wishes!