Wrapping up the last and getting ready for the next
September 30, 2014
The season is over and it is time to look back how it went. Firstly, I have to say I had a really fun season, met a lot of new people and got to race some pretty cool races. I raced A LOT this year. Even more than last year. If I counted correct, I had 42 starts this summer. It is too many and I realize that it probably had an effect on me not peaking so much this year, but then again, when you’re on this level that you are quite not “there yet”, you can’t be too picky when you are offered good races.
The beginning of the season was extremely cold, but busy with racing. I think the tough weather SB was at the Team European Champs in Tallinn with +7 and rain. But nevertheless, we rose to the highest league, the Superleague! After Paavo Nurmi games, which in my opinion is the best Finnish competition there is, I had a couple of weeks for a training phase. It was interrupted by the national relay championships. They are a fun race and what would be better for training than a couple of 100m dashes and a 400m acid bath. In the beginning of the season I also got to run in Oslo Diamond League, but to my disappointment it wasn’t a DL B-heat, but just a national heat. One might wonder what’s the difference really, if it is the same race anyway, but the difference is actually huge. The national events are usually before the actual DL events and in this case there wasn’t much crowd at all following our run. Also, for me the level of the race has a big impact on my result. The best situation of course would be to get to race in an even race where there are a few faster girls. But if I get to choose from a really high level race and a level below mine, I will always choose the high level race. I guess it’s the challenge that makes you get more out of your system.
The best results I ran in Finland was rather surprisingly in Joensuu, at their Eliittikisat competition. It was after a really tight racing period around Europe which made me almost skip the whole meet. Good that I didn’t, since I ran two runs and did two PBs there. First 11,34 and then 11,32 in the final. That is what happens, when race organizers let you run in tailwind. And what was best about these runs was that I got really good starts, which is not too common for me in 100m. It was a good sign that my plans that my coach has made me, work for me perfectly.
The European Championships have already been discussed in this blog, so I’m not going to write more about them now. Right after the Europeans I got an invite to Stockholm Diamond League, and this time it was the real deal. Unfortunately, it came a bit too soon after the Europeans and I didn’t have so much to give, but boy was that a fun trip! After that I raced two more races; Finland-Sweden match (the Ruotsiottelu) and an IAAF World Challenge competition in Rieti. Ruotsiottelu was a really even match that we lost with only two points! Rieti then again, was a personal victory. It is a great, extremely high level race that I definitely want to race again in future. It was a learning trip for me really. I got a good lesson on how flexible you need to be on my level with the race organizers, in my case, while waiting if you’re in or not. In the end, I got to know I get to run the same day the race was held. Surely, to be able to race there again next year, I need to raise my level. After the run in Rieti I was done. So done! A little disappointed that I was too empty and tired after the Europeans to do better than the 11,30 I achieved there, but also happy that I got once again a season with development and new level achieved – and most importantly, I was able to stay healthy throughout the whole season.
This summer was for sure a taste of something much better. Competing in the highest circuit in the world gave me such a kick that I don’t think anything can keep me from getting back there! Making friends with other runners. Getting invited to train together. Seeing what it is really about. I am definitely hungry for more!
Last, but not the least, I would like to thank very much all of my supporters for such a wonderful season. Firstly, my family and close ones that have given their 110% again and let me do what I love to do. Secondly, my coach Petteri, who is as committed as anyone could ever be and who is always there for me at my trainings. Then my supporters from Best-Hall with Leif and Co., who are so supportive and cheerful. Not to mention the people of FineWeld and Priotec, who have committed to work with me towards our goal to Rio 2016. Also, Nordea and Pyka Oy (Powerbar) from Jyväskylä and Harri and Co. from Yoko. A special thanks for Omegawave people who have helped me to stay confident that my trainings are going the right direction and my recovery works well. Then obviously Juuso, Lätsä, Jüri, Herje, Juho and Rauno, who have helped me keep my body in condition, with the support of Prof. Zilmer’s nutrition advice. Thank you also to Aivar and Kadri for their help in the race organizing!
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