I received my rifle around 8pm the night before the Individual. I tried to rely on my training throughout the year to enable me to adapt quickly to the new range and a competition situation after a week without shooting. Somehow, it didn’t quite work out as I’d hoped and the lack of experience at the Tehvandi range and strong, gusty winds produced some of the worst shooting of my season. I put the race behind me and focused instead on the relay and the sprint. After a few days of easy training, I was starting to feel good again. In addition, the atmosphere at European Championships was infinitely more relaxed than at the Olympics and I was able to prepare for my races without caring too much about the outcome or what other people would think of it.
Archive for March, 2010
Last Tuesday we had our last race of the Olympic games, the relay race. We were all looking forward to this race as a chance to represent our country, race together as a team, and hopefully improve upon our result from last year. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to carry through the good shooting from the previous week and suffered a penalty in prone. We don’t get to race head-to-head very much (even the “pursuit” races they hold in the States aren’t true pursuits, just 30-second interval start races where you shoot four stages in the order of a pursuit race, prone-prone-standing-standing) and it’s possible the heightened excitement got to me.