A few weeks to catch up on hereWritten by Joshua Riker-Fox
A few weeks to catch up on here. I would have hoped to get the updates Blog-wise happening faster, but I've been on the run.
So, last bit that I didn't share was CANwest Track Champs in Saskatoon. I ran there 1. For fitness and 2. For fun. I think I achieved both. I ran the 1000m, 4 x 800m, and the 1500m. So again, a lot of racing in a short period of time. It came with a long bus ride I'd have skipped if the team would have allowed me to fly.
So, all this work in the past months to prepare for the World Cup season – Edmonton, Montreal, Edmonton, Portland, Winnipeg, Paris, Hungary, Saskatoon. Sport at the high level is about big gambles. I don't even want to consider the math in the ratio of time training/travelling to time competing, or dollars invested to each incremental performance improvement. Ahhh. But that is how it works here. I put in a lot of effort to get fit and competition ready and then put it down for this season, hopefully earning a spot in London. ... And then this first World Cup in Charlotte stunk. I was not mentally present or inspired (discussion for another blog in the future). It was disheartening to stumble through the day. I ran well, but that was little solace. Like most World Cups, I needed to be in the top 12 to make the Final. So, the goal at the second World Cup in Rio a week later was to get out of that rut which would require mostly a different mental approach. I was really discouraged last week. It was unsettling. I couldn't believe how much preparation I had put in to show so little on competition day. Today, I didn't make the Final, so ultimately, it was a failure. But, on the positive side, each event was better. I swam a bit quicker (although my swim is still off the mark this year). I fenced well – best fence in a year at this level I believe. And I had a great combined, where I left in 16th, needing to find a spot in the top 12. In the first two series, I shot clean with no misses. I took seven shots the last series. I ran hard, although the humidity was ridiculous.
So that was World Cup 2. A step in the right direction. The level is so high right now and everyone is vying for Olympic points. There are few easy targets and when I look at the field, there are way more than 36 men well prepped to make Final's. I compete in Guatemala in two weeks at an Americas Meet, and then two final World Cups right after that. Send me good vibes please. I need them. Thanks for checking in.