National Champs 2013... Living & Learning!

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Hello all, Over the weekend I competed at the Australian Athletics Championships in the 400m and the 200m. I went into the championships ranked number 1 in Australia in the 400m, having run PB's in almost every race I had competed in, and was pretty confident that I was in shape to possibly take out the gold in both. Even though I came down with a cold the weekend before and was still not 100%, I felt ready to race and in the best shape of my life. Unfortunately the weekend did not pan out the way I had hoped!

The 400m was a battle between Caitlin Sargent (QLD) and myself, but she just got the better of me on the line; winning in a time of 52.68, and I finished second in 52.80. I was pretty disappointed as that meant I could not gain automatic selection for the World Champs team, however it has gained me selection for the World University Games nonetheless. A link to the race is here: http://www.runnerstribe.com/coverage/250671-Australian-National-Championships/video/705338-Womens-400m-Aus-Champs

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After the 400m I had to pick myself up quickly and prepare for what the next day held; the 200m rounds. I cruised through the heat in 23.87 and felt so ready to redeem myself in the 200m final. There was good competition in Toea Wisil (PNG) and a speedy junior Monica Brennan (QLD). Unfortunately, I was a little too fired up and false started in the final. This meant I was automatically disqualified. Monica Brennan went on to win the gold in a personal best time of 23.42  I was and still am very upset about both races, but have learnt a lot of lessons from this weekend!

My coach and I are going back to the drawing board and I will begin an intense winter training block to get me stronger and faster for whatever comes my way next time. It is very disappointing having been focussed on this goal for so long and I've work so hard to try and achieve it, but sometimes things don't turn out how you had hoped. I will live and learn and definitely be a stronger person and athlete because of experiences like this. A big thank you to everyone who has sent me amazing messages of support, they all encourage me to work that extra bit harder for next time! Also a big thanks to New Balance and Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness who have both supported me for the last few years, I'm a very proud Team NB and SUAC member.

Thanks, A. xx

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(My thoughts and prayers are with those affected in the Boston Marathon. Such a horrific tragedy, and really puts personal challenges into perspective. I'm sure the running community will hold strong and support those who are really in need at this time.)

Melbourne Track Classic PB + win!

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Hello all! The title pretty much says it all, but just a quick post to let you know about my race at the IAAF Melbourne World Challenge meet yesterday. I have had a great (almost) 2 week training block since my last race in Perth and have been feeling really strong. Unfortunately I came down with a cold on Wednesday so was desperately trying to fight it off before the race last night. But nevertheless, the Melbourne weather gods brought out the goods with a beautiful sunny day, barely any wind and almost 30 degrees! This definitely lifted my spirits and I went into the race feeling pretty confident.

I ran a really good race and came 1st with a new PB of 52.61! I am so happy to have gone even quicker again! Now I am just hungrier to get that World Champs B qualifying time of 52.35 next weekend at the National Championships. So if I do run the B standard, and win Nationals, then I will be automatically selected for the Australian Team. I have my fingers tightly crossed!

There is a link to my 400m race in Melbourne here: (it isn't great quality and just misses the start of the race but is the only version I could find so far)

http://www.watchathletics.com/video/world-challenge/1043/women-400m-melbourne-world-challenge-2013/

This week I will be resting and trying to recover from this cold, and have my Nationals Heat on Thursday afternoon. The final is on Saturday night at 6.20pm! I am very lucky that the Nationals are being held in Sydney this year, so no more travelling for me (yipee!) but that also means that you can come out and watch too! I will post more details closer to the date for everyone.

Have a nice week and thanks for the support! A. xx

PB in Perth!!!

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Good news!! I'm home from Perth and did a big PB, which was under 53 for the first time. I won the 400m in 52.89! And more good news, my training partner Liz Jenkins came second, also in a big PB of 55.44.

The link to the race is here for all those wanting to watch:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=vF-Ft2lMSEo

I felt really good in the race, and the conditions were pretty good! Had a bit of a headwind around the second half of the race but besides that everything went really well. So now I am training hard towards getting that extra half of a second off my time to qualify for the World Championships.

Enjoy! A. xx

Perth Track Classic

Hello!

Just a quick one today to let you know about the Perth Track Classic this Saturday night. I am racing in the 400m which is on at 8.18pm (perth time) which is 11.18pm AEST. I'm very much looking forward to it and hopefully I can pull out a nice PB if everything goes to plan. 
To watch the race you have a few options!

Live Stream: http://www.athletics.com.au/home/competition/events/2013_perth_track_classic

TV: Channel 9 Sunday 17th March at 1pm.

Thanks for your support and I will update how you all with the results as quickly as I can!
Have a great weekend.
A. xx