Men’s Steeplechase Final

Men's Steeplechase Final

Men’s Steeplechase Final

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Update from Moscow

Just a short update here from Moscow!

We arrived here in Moscow a couple of days ago after a short flight from Dusseldorf, Germany. The arrival was smooth for about half the team, as the other half lost their luggage and had to deal with the joy that is Russian Bureaucracy and “Red-Tape”. What’s a few hours lost of your life anyways?!

The Hotel is great and sits right along side the main river in the city. We share the hotel with The US, Australia and a few other smaller teams. Alex Genest and I are roommates (as expected) and I have been fortunate to score the cot for the first few nights! Yup, you heard me right, at the World Champs and we share a room that has only one bed and a cot! Made it to the BIG time! ha!

Yesterday we all had to go through drug testing. Every athlete competing at this year’s world championships has to get bloog testing done prior to competing, which means it took forever, (2 hours of waiting) and then some Russian doctor in a small room jagged me with a needle and stole some of the blood I have trained so hard to make all awesome and full of red blood cells :(. It’s in actual fact not all that much blood and Trent Stellingwerk assures me that it will not have any impact on my performance. So it’s not a big deal and I’m just happy to see the testing take place; it is about time we cleaned this sport up and I believe the biological passport is a great step forward in the fight to do so!

Last night Alex and I took off for a bit and did some exploring of Moscow. First stop on the metro, Red Square, and were absolutely blown away! It was beautiful! In my time I have seen many movies set in the world’s major cities, London, Paris, Rome, etc. But there’s not as many films set in Moscow and so I wasn’t prepared for how grand Red Square really it. It is absolutely stunning!

Today I did a light track session then went for a tour of the main stadium which is the stadium used for the 1980 Moscow Olympics. Its been redone and looks amazing! Now it’s time to get focused. The tourist stuff is over for a few days and now all I’m thinking about is my race, which goes Monday Morning around 10:10am. There are 3 heats so I may race a bit after that time, but either way it is going to be an early morning. With multiple call rooms and a bus trip from the warm-up track to the stadium my entire warm-up will take close to 2 hours! Plus I have to wake up in time to have a light breakfast, some coffee (Okay ALOT of coffee) and grab a bus to the stadium.

Until next time!

Red Square
Alex Genest in Red Square
Alex Genest in Red Square
St Basil's Cathederal
St Basil’s Cathedral
Visiting the Stadium
Visiting the Stadium

Putting on The Finishing Touches

This week Alex and I travelled from Leuven (Belgium) to Kamen, Germany where we will be stationed for a week or so prior to heading to Moscow. Kamen has been Team Canada’s staging camp for the past few years and I can see why. It is perfect. It has everything we need and nothing we don’t need. The rooms are spacious and comfortable (they are actually quite amazing) and the track is right out the door. There is also nothing to do which is great when you are trying to get focused and rested for the big effort to come.

Things have been going really well. It’s been great getting to know the rest of team Canada and we are spending most of our days training and taking advantage of the great physios and massage therapists we have here. I’m also starting to get very excited to finally head to Moscow next week. Alex and I had a great workout this morning and I know I’m ready for a good one. In looking at years past I know that it will likely take a PB run of 8:24 or so to make the finals but I believe I have the conditioning to do so. The goal now is just to be smart, and control the controllables.

Today was a pretty special day as I received my Canadian singlet (picture attached). While it’s not the first Canadian uniform I have recieved in my lifetime, it is by far the most special. This is a moment I have dreamed of since I was 9 years old. Pretty awesome living out a dream!

Thank you all for your love and support! I wouldn’t be here without it!

Cheers

Room in Kamen
My Room in Kamen, Germany
The New Digs
The New Digs