What a season it has been! So many races, so many trips and many new acquaintances! I guess an update on the last couple of races is in order. Firstly, European Championships in Zurich were my second Europeans and I must say I’m satisfied with the progression. In Helsinki 2012 I was in the heats of 100m, not participating on 200m at all, and this year I was in the final of the 200m.
The week in Zurich was unforgettable, but also stressful. Not the racing itself - that was only fun! But there’s a lot more to it than what you see on TV. I had all in all six runs within five days. In the heats of 100m I ran a new PB of 11,30. It was run in almost zero wind (+0,2), which means, there’s more to come! The semi-final wasn’t quite as good technically, but I had really bad luck and ended up to the only heat that had headwind (-1,9)! So the result was obviously much worse and didn’t qualify me to the final.
In the 200m heats I didn’t have to go all out and I could save some energy to the rounds to come. It was an easy run with the end result of 23,13. Semi-final was bothered a bit by a sensation in my left leg. It wasn’t anything too serious, but racing the main race of the year with a feeling like that wasn’t really optimal. Despite that I was able to run a strong 200m resulting in 22,98 - the same as my PB. I was first a little disappointed with the time, but forgot it very quickly when I realized I might have a chance to get to the final. It must have been the most nervous I was during the whole week, as I was standing there, waiting for the other heats to be done. And there it was, I made it to the final! The final itself wasn’t a blast. I had a clear bothering sensation in my leg and I must say it took more of my concentration than I should’ve allowed it to. I also got the inner lane, which isn’t the best one, but it was a great learning experience, because there will surely be more runs from lane one for me. I wasn’t satisfied with the run itself but I was happy to be in one piece at the finish, and well, 7th in Europe with a not-so-good-run, isn’t so bad after all.
On Saturday I still had one more run to go. It was the 4x100m relay. Come to think of it now, it was a run that I maybe should’ve not parttaken, but relay is just too much fun! So what can I say? I tested the leg during the warm-up. It lasted. So I went for it. It wasn’t easy, the painful sensation bothered me all the time but luckily, it lasted the maximum running. It wasn’t a perfect performance from our team, but it was by far our season best. I am satisfied with that! And personally, I was able to run the best 100m in a relay I’ve ever run.
In between runs there were a lot of recovering processes that had to be taken care of. I owe a great thank you to Lauri Hyvärinen for great muscle maintenance and to Helena and Raimo Alanen who enabled me LPG for the trip!
During the week, I also faced some private stressors; health issues in the family. It sure added up to the tough week, but sometimes there has to be tougher times to balance out the good times. Luckily, all is good now and I have to say I had an awesome support in Zurich during that time. Thank you, mates! So, I left from the European Championships with a new PB and semi-final place on 100m and a final and a 7th place on 200m. Plus, many colourful memories!
I can’t say I am 100% satisfied with the trip - there was room for improvement and I wasn’t able to show my best on every run. But on the other hand it is good to know that even without perfect performances on European level I can get this far. It gives me a whole lot of motivation to raise my level and aim higher next time!
After title races you often hit a low for a while. But since I got invited to Stockholm Diamond League – it wasn’t something I wanted to opt out on. Even though the race didn’t go well result-wise, it was a great experience and strengthened my desire to be one of the best to be able to race throughout the summer in these great meetings. Plus, it was very important for me to get a confirmation that my leg is fine.
The season is not over, yet. The next race is one of the most fun ones, Ruotsiottelu, which takes place at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium this weekend! It will be quite a battle against our fellow neighbours. If you have a chance, I warmly recommend to come and see the match live, it is a unique race and has an atmosphere that doesn’t come through via television!
See you there!
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