I got off to a great start with a windy personal best in the 100m hurdles of 13.83 (+2.2). It was the first time I've scored over 1000pts in the hurdles so we were very happy to get going. On to high jump where I cleared 1.83m and I felt great over that height. I really wanted to throw the shot a lot further than I did in Palmy. I did but it wasn't by much! 12.40m. I finished the day with a slower 200m in 25.80 (+0.2). Despite the first three events being better than my Nationals heptathlon I was 26pts behind my Palmy with a day 1 total of 3528. After starting the heptathlon at 12.45pm, at 5pm we had only completed 2 events...it was a long day in the sun!
|Track 9, 2012...Albert Park, Melbourne. Perfect blue skies to match the track!|
We knew the numbers I needed to get back on track for day 2. After a slightly stressful long jump in Palmy I knew it was hugely important to nail my first attempt. White flag..big cheer from my family...massive sigh of relief from Elena...6.28m...even bigger cheer! Wind +4.7...bugger as this now put my heptathlon into the windy category. The difference being this time I was able to have a legal back up with my second attempt at 6.11m (+1.5). On to the javelin and I knew I needed a big personal best. This I managed to do with my first ever throw over 40m - measured at 40.17m:) I am so happy to finally break 40m! I still needed to run a very fast 800m to qualify. My 800m was much better than Palmy. I was out by myself and pleased to finish with 2.19. Not fast enough for my magic numbers but it is not far away:)
|Gritting my teeth in the last 50m of the 800m|
There is no denying that we wanted a qualifier out of the weekend. However, I can take a huge amount out of this heptathlon and the fact I've taken another big step up. Another windy pb, 2 windy personal bests (hurdles and long jump) and a pb javelin. I know I'm in striking distance and for me this is very exciting.
|Trying to cool down after the 800!!! Elena and I|
So the plan now is to finish my season with a race this weekend in Melbourne at the Australian Olympic Trials. I will have a short rest, recover physically and mentally and then resume training for a big block to bounce me over the standard and build into London:) I will have my next heptathlon in May in Europe. Thanks heaps for the support and bring on the next one!!!!
|Great support team! Mum, Gaz, Tess, Coach Elena, Coach Angus, Lou, Donna, Bec and Arran|
Thanks to other crew in the shade!!!