It's the eve of the World Champs and the rest of the team is going over the final details for the sprints tomorrow. I'm not racing just yet but I still have that feeling in the pit of my stomach that this is it. There are no more Strömstad specific trainings, no more intervals for that extra speed or weight trainings for that extra power. All through the summer I have been keenly aware that WOC has been getting closer and therefore posing myself the question "am I ready?"
I've spent over a month in total training and competing in these terrains. I feel almost as much at home taking the highway exit for Strömstad as I do taking the exit for Turku. I fell in love with the challenge of the terrain last year during the World Cup and every training and race has had the goal of this year's WOC in mind. I used every single competition this year to imagine that I was actually running a WOC race. For the first time I had a final preparation training camp where we ran the exact same program that we would run at WOC.
When I remember all of this I can't help but admit that I have done everything possible to be ready to stand on the start line with a smile on my face.
I had the honour to be interviewed for the Portuguese Orienteering Blog and some of the questions really made me think. I had to think about how I have changed as a competitor and how my own expectations have changed along with that. When I won a bronze medal at JWOC 4 years ago I hadn't really been waiting for it the way that I've been waiting for my results this year. 4 years ago I was practically bouncing with excitement for being able to go out and race whereas this time I've suddenly found my head full of stressful thoughts of "what if's". So it helps to remember how it felt 4 years ago when my thoughts were focused on the race rather than already on the finish line.
I'm so grateful to be able to compete in these championships in a sport that I'm so passionate about. And we're all so grateful for your loving support. We're proud to be Canadian and we can certainly hear you cheering from here.