Well we made it to Sherbrooke alright. Over 12 hours late due to some unfortunate travel delays. Our Scheduled flight at 2pm was canceled. The next available flight was at 730pm. This landed us in Montreal at 230am. The team was put up in a hotel and on the road for Sherbrook at 9am. We finally got into Sherbrooke at 1130am with much less sleep than anyone would have liked. We all took a quick nap and were ready to carry on with the day.
I have to say I am very impressed by the adaptability of the Huskies Cross-Country Team. No one wined or complained or made a big deal out of it. Everyone brushed it off and carried on. At this point I am convinced that nothing can slow us down. This is a true measure of the professionalism of this team.
As an athlete you do everything you possible can to control the outcome of your performance. However there are always those things that will be beyond your control. From the weather to a broken plane, when things don`t go the way you like you must be able to adapt and to manage the situation. True champions will do this without being mentally affected, without spiraling into a defeatist attitude. Running with the Huskies I find myself surrounded by champions. Real competitors who know that the mastery of their minds and bodies will bring them greatness, not the weather not the course and certainly not any external excuses.
This afternoon we checked out the course and ran a few primers. The course is fantastic, located on a golf course with all kinds of exciting terrain. Tomorrow will be one for the ages. The girls race at 1230 and the guys are off at 145. The race is 10km of mud and hills and boxing for position. Tomorrow is a good day to be a dog.
I will try to remember to take some pictures, and above all else try to run myself blind.
Training shall be based solely on feel,
while racing shall be guided by sensations and instinct.