I feel strangely calm. I think it’s because I have absolutely no pressure on myself, none at all. I go into the New Zealand Masters Games with only one expectation: to enjoy it!
On Tuesday and Wednesday I compete on the track, which will be different again, as it’s an outdoor concrete track, so rain does stop play (because I asked to check!). I am doing the individual events, 500m sprint, 2000m IP and 500m TT. I really don’t mind what the result is, it’s all experience building. It’s a shame that the sprint is at 3:30pm one day and the others at 3:30pm on a different day! Lots of hanging about!
Then it’s back to work I go and return for the regattas on Saturday. I believe I am in the double, mixed double, quad, 4’s and 8’s! Whoah! We have been practicing the various skills at the rowing club and they have been teaching me to row, i.e. one oar rather than two sculls. It’s very different and I am not planning to repeat my hit a crab disaster from the southland champs!
Obviously I will do my best, that’s all you can ask of myself. What a fantastic opportunity to be a part of and something I hadn’t at all expected this time last year!
Wish me luck!