So tomorrow is the big show. I’m feeling pretty calm surprisingly enough. Yes, I’m nervous and yes I don’t want to mess it up, but i know i can put together a good race. My biggest fear is that I’ll just give up. It’s a strange thing and probably hard to fathom unless you’ve done something like this before. It happens more often than you’d think. Thankfully, it doesn’t really happen to me!
I was told yesterday that i made some people nervous. Sorry about that i didn’t do it on purpose. I was trying to race a controlled race and i did. Tomorrow won’t be as controlled. I’m in a good lane between Andreas Dittmer and the Uzbek. I’m not sure how Dittmer will race but I’m sure he’ll be quick. The Uzbek likes to burn off the line and go for it. I’m totally fine with that, I know he’s quick and I think it’ll be good for me to try and use him like a rabbit. I can try to pace off him and make sure I don’t lose touch. If I’m within striking distance of him I should be near the top of the field going into the end of the race. Like I said yesterday, I’m going to have to touch up my first half and be seeing stars by the 500m mark if I want to be there. It’ll be good having him next to me pushing the pace. That said i know he’s mighty fast and i don’t want it to sound like I’m sure I’ll catch him. “Rabbit” is only an expression and I don’t mean to use it lightly here. He’s fast and I have a lot of respect for his talent, not to mention the favorites Cal, Vajda and literally everyone else in that final. It’s going to be a wild one.
My race is at 3:45PM Beijing time. The cbc.ca website has the draw (lane assignment) and times for the races posted. It will be aired live early in the morning for all of you at home. Set your alarms early because Adam VanK is up right before me and is seriously going to be gunning for a gold.