Je ne parle pas français.
I know a word here and there, my accent sucks and every time I forget the French word I automatically substitute in the Czech equivalent. Since I finally signed up for The Worlds Master Championships, which takes place in Lyons, France I decided I have to start brushing up on all things French. I have the coffee stuff down pat. In fact it was France where my coffee addiction really took hold.
With the plan now firmly in place, my training will get much more specific. I actually feel like I have a real goal to work towards again. As my mileage begins to increase I decided what better way to make use of this time. Replacing many of my song lists now will be French lessons.
Since I have got these amazing new Red Fox Wireless head phones, I may as well put everything to good use. Training my body and my brain at the same time, you can’t get more efficient. I even spent one night watching La Femme Nikita to perfect my French pout.
As this will be an international event, I’m not so much concerned about getting around the venues and being at the right place for my races. Of course it won’t hurt to have a few more French words under my belt to ensure the trip will be stress free. There will be days off for me though and during this time I want to take advantage of the seeing a part of France I’ve yet to experience.
The competition is going to tough, that’s a fact. This being a very accessible site and it being in Europe, there won’t be a shortage of girls to chase. I’ve made a pack with myself to not go in with elevated expectations. I have to be patient with myself and just focus on one goal at a time. I’ll have all summer to prep and practice on the 400M track and get acquainted with the new terrain.
I’ve signed up for several events and even though I’m excited about each of them, I’m most excited about the half marathon. I’m not thinking or hoping to race this event, but to have a chance to get out of the stadium, open my stride and see the city the way I love seeing all cities. The first thing I do when I land anywhere, is lace up my shoes and go for a run to get my bearings. This will be the last thing I do on this trip but just the same it will be spectacular to take in the sites.
Spring brings a sense of rebirth and renewal. The race season is set to begin next weekend and I’m excited to see the fruits of my labour. I’m prepared to experience both success and failure as no season can be completed without the balance of both. As I come to learn more about my sport and the people inside it, I’ve been given a renewed sense of what can be accomplished no matter where you are in your life.