In the past April has been a month of exhaustion for me. I often find myself starting to feel a bit over worked and over tired. However, this year I have felt very good. Perhaps I am wiser now and have found ways to take care of myself and recover properly, or perhaps I am just stronger now that I am older. I found myself taking each workout and each repeat one at a time. Constantly gaging how I felt as if I was waiting for the other shoe to drop. So far it hasn’t.
Thanks to my wonderful supporters I have trained in Germany for a week to help become acquainted with the 9 hour time difference from California. It was a tad colder than usual in Germany from what I was used to in sunny southern California. Those first days my heart rate was higher and I needed to stretch longer and more often. By the end of the week I was feeling more like myself.
I arrived with my fellow Team USA members in Italy on 5/3, 5 days before racing in the IAAF World Racewalking Team Championship in Rome, Italy.
Those 5 days can feel like a lot until you have just 48 hrs. before the race and you are mentally battling off race jitters. Each day more teams arrive from other countries. The joys of seeing far away friends and enjoying a new culture is quickly fleeting as we all prepare for our races. I am lucky to have the support I have, and I remind myself of this often. Sometimes when I am nervous I think of how fortunate I am to have the opportunities that I do. I remind myself that failure in my eyes is not in others, and that no matter what happens on race day, those who love me most will always love me.
It is time to focus now, and what better way to do so in Rome than to watch the movie Gladiator!
Thank you to all of my friends, family, and supporters. I have what people should treasure most in life and for me that is to do something I love while experiencing the love of those who believe in me.
Miranda will compete with over 100 other walkers at the IAAF World Racewalking Team Championship in Rome, Italy in the Women’s 20km races on 5/7/2016 beginning at 12:30am EST.
Two great ways to be part of Miranda’s journey!