Q: Killer Sessions Change Your Plans

A:

I killed it today!  My session on the track was speed endurance, and I was so friggen nervous for it all morning.  Rowland was making a special trip up from the European Championships to see Nick and I work out, which added to the anticipation.  If he’s taking a one hour train to be there, you better not blow it.

The highlight of the session was a 1000 in 2:44.0, running it with each 200 faster than the previous, like a wind-up.  That was right in the middle of the session, and I still managed to finish off the day respectably.

Before that session, my focus was entirely on getting into Stockholm and London to race back-t0-back 5k’s.  After the session, all we could talk about was trying to get into a 1500 within a week.  We determined I’d try to get into a Belgian Meet on the 8th, and when I picked up my phone to text my agent, I read that I had been confirmed as a rabbit in Stockholm for the 5k.  Hmmm.  What to do?

Being “confirmed” in track is just like it is in the Catholic Church.  It takes a lot of work to get in, but once you’re in, it can’t be undone.  I’ve heard horror stories of athletes backing out of meets they were confirmed in, only to get permanently blacklisted from future entries.  The politics of getting into races is a subject worthy of a book series of its own.

So the 1500 will have to wait a few weeks.  For now I’m off to Belgium tomorrow at 6am to get the hell out of this place until its time to rabbit Stockholm.