So what happens during the week leading up to a World Championship event? How does it feel to being going into your first ever World Championship event?
To be honest, I feel the same as I did before my first Nationals (this year) and my first states (last year). Nervous, excited, anxious (about making a fool of myself, about going slower than I did in March at Nationals, about coming last). I am more excited though. The thought of seeing some fantastic racing, of being a part of something bigger than myself, of meeting people from all over the globe who have similar interests and ambitions as yourself is pretty inspiring and fires up the emotions . Everyone wants to do their best, whatever that means to them. For me, it’s not letting Mr Legs and Coach down, acting professionally (ie not losing it, which hasn’t happened racing yet, and keeping myself focussed, assured and assertive mentally) and giving myself the best possible opportunities mentally and physically to give each race all that I have got plus some. It’s also about supporting my fellow competitors, be it cheering them on, providing a calm, supportive presence pre-race, and being as competitive as possible on the track, so they can get the most out of their racing.
And whilst all this stuff is buzzing around my head, I am also working as usual this week, like the majority of domestic masters competitors. Unfortunately, as of last week, I have been given extra duties with a very tight deadline (Thursday – how convenient, my last day at work!) so the stress is on. Perfect timing. All the better for practicing dealing with stress, pressure and anxiety, and keeping a part of my head clear so I can keep a focus on the important things in life.