Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Does not start

Hello hello!

It's been a pretty crappy few days. As you might know I did not race in the world champs semi final. I ran my heat last Friday and came second. I felt really relaxed and good. I went back to the athletes village and relaxed for the day. I got some physio and my calf was a little bit tight but honestly nothing that would concern me (I did not hurt my calf in the heat as people seem to keep telling me!). I was happy and ready to roll on Saturday for the semi and final. But when I warmed up for the semi final my calf was really tight and sore. I thought it would loosen out through the warm up but it just got tighter and more painful. One of the things I do in warm up is fast sprints. I could not do these on my calf. I tried but my calf was way too painful. I consulted with the physio and doctor but there was nothing that could be done. I wanted to go out and try to run but that was unrealistic. I wasn't able to run flat out or get over the hurdles in warm up. About 20 minutes before I was due to go into call room I had to take my name off the list. Sean was there and made the ultimate decision that there was no way I could try to run. Initially I was pretty devastated. I have never ever had this happen to me. There were lots of tears on Saturday night. I have no idea how fast I would have run but I do know that I was very happy with how things have gone before this. 12.84 made the final and I would be pretty confident that I could do that without any problems. Outside of that it would be wrong of me to predict what I could have run because who knows really in a final what will happen.

After this I had to try get myself and Sean back to Ireland. We were due to fly onto Zurich for the diamond league. Thankfully I was able to re route our flights (lots of phone calls, flight waitlists, money and begging!) to get us both back to Ireland on Sunday evening. I was gone from Korea a few hours after my event on Saturday night, for me that was the best thing. It took Sean and I 23 hours of travelling but it was worth it to get back.

So since my return (it's only been a day and a bit) I've been trying to recover from the time difference and just pick myself back up. Honestly I'm not in the complete black hole of depression about this. I have had some really bad days (think Beijing 08!!!) where I just have not been at the races but this was not one of them. This was just bad luck and crap timing.

My calf is feeling good. It is still a bit sore but it's not serious. I still don't know whether it was a little tear or a very bad cramp in it. Either way I think it will be fine in a few days (alas worlds is not on in a few days). I will get some physio work done on it this week.

I had some races lined up for the next two weeks but now I won't be running these. Instead I will take some time off training and start getting prepared to go back into heavy training.

It's not my style to spend too long licking my wounds and feeling sorry for myself. Sport is hard and if it was easy everybody would do it.

I just wish it could have been different. I had a great support team in Daegu. Sean was there with me, the athletics ireland medical team was great and it was super to have the saucony guys out there. I wish I had been able to do more for everyone.

Thanks for the support people. I appreciate it, lots of people are being very kind and sweet.

Also a huge shout out to the most persistent and awesome high jumper in all the land. Ms Deirdre Ryan was 6th in the world! Absolutely inspiring performance from Dee.

This week Peter is competing in the European champs in Dublin so fingers crossed he does awesome and lifts the spirits in our house.

Countdown to London is now officially on!