I have to be ready, because tomorrow, December 6th, I leave for Shanghai, China.! For some, it will be their third World Cup of the season but it will be my first! I am very excited to take part in another international competition.
Because we’ve begun a new Olympic cycle, I decided to try a new discipline: long track. I went to Calgary because I wanted to try something new, something different to motivate me, and it worked! Since the summer, my training has gone very well and I feel ready to race. I’ve grown a lot, particularly from a personal standpoint and I have a new attitude about skating.
I want to enjoy every moment and. as much as possible, not let stress get in the way. I’ve also realized that with this mindset, the results are coming much more easily. I know that I still have a long way to go, and a lot to learn! Like any athlete who wants to improve their performances, there is always something to work on. Derrick constantly pushes me out of my comfort zone, and you know what? It's a good thing! I like to constantly push myself because this is how you learn to be proud of yourself and gain confidence. Now is the best time to try new techniques ... while there is still time before the 2018 Games.
As I followed closely the first two World Cups, I was really looking forward to putting my own skates on. The competitions in China will take place from December 12th to 14th. We are arriving almost a week in advance to acclimatize to the conditions, ice and jet lag. Even if skating around in circles is very familiar to us, anybody would get a bit of headache due to the thirteen hour time change!
I want to wish you Happy Holidays. See you soon !!
If you want to have more informations on the third World Cup : http://www.speedskating.ca/events/international-competitions