Here I am sat in the departure lounge and waiting to board a flight to England, so this is going to be short and sweet and not very well edited.
My first appearance in the finals of the Canadian National T&F Champs has come and gone. For those who didn't catch it on the tele live, you can find it at this link: http://queenstrack.com/sites/default/files/Hulse_1500m_Nationals_2010.m4v
My take on the race: I am happy with the place but would have liked to have done better. I think I raced it tactically well and made the right moves to get myself into good positions as the race progressed. However, I am unhappy with how I was unable to respond when the front 3 got going. I just wasn't fast enough today. As I entered the home stretch I knew that there wasn't any more racing to be done: I was neither going to gain or lose a position. I had to settle for 4th and that seems to be the most disappointing part. The move that I should have made to stay connected happened (or didn't happen) with 300m to go. Looking back I can't remember how it went down or what I was thinking at the time. These things happen so quickly.
Anyway, all that being said, if someone had told me at the start of the season that I would be 4th at Nationals, I think I would have laughed. However, now I have had a taste of this level of racing I find myself hungry for more. Looking back at the season I am happy: I have run good times and raced well against good opposition and I think I have established myself as an up-and-comer on the track scene. My training has been solid and Kev and I have laid a good foundation for the future.
And oh what a future it will be! This ain't the end folks so stay posted! I have the Ontario Provincial Champs in August and then an XC season in the fall.
Flight is boarding now.....see you cats on the flip-flop!