Well it’s the start of the Olympic Year again. I remember when 2012 started and how excited I was for the London Olympics to roll around, I definitely feel that same excitement for the Rio Olympics but because I know what to expect and know how to perform at my best when it counts, I feel a little calmer at this time of year than other years. I was listening to Roger Federer the other night before the start of the Brisbane international tournament, Maria Sharapova asked him a question about how does he stay so calm and how does he do it so easy on the tennis court, he said “I’ve already achieved all the goals that I have ever dreamt of so, I now I can just relax and be Zen like, it doesn’t mean I have lost the passion for it though”. I thought a lot about this and realized that this is how I have been feeling for the last year. I still love to run, I still love to compete and I still love doing the hard work in training to become the best athlete in the world its just now I can relax mentally and focus my energy on the things that I can control.
November, December and January for me are the hardest months physically in training. For me these months are what carry me through the competitions and major championship rounds. These months, though I feel I hate them I secretly love them. I say all the time that I hate the hard work I hate feeling scared to go to training because of the way I am going to feel afterwards, but at the same time I also get an amazing feeling after I have finished those hard sessions, a feeling of accomplishment, a feeling that I can push my body to its limits and still come out knowing that I am ok.
As for the Australian season and the European competition seasons I still haven’t decided when I will begin competing. I want to make sure that I am mentally and physically ready to start competing again. At the end of the day the 17th August is all that matters to me and I want to make sure I am in the best shape for that!
That’s it for now, I’m sure in my next blog I will have more information about when ill start competing.