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Published: July 25th 2017
This week was completely dedicated to watching the world championships for para athletes in London, where my daughter would participate in the 100m and 200m sprint events. Being the Olympic and world champion and world record holder on both distances the expectations were high.
To make the most of the week in London, I also made arrangements to see a number of agencies and recruiters and discuss possible opportunities. You probably think that this doesn't match the intentions in the intro (taking a break), but in all honesty, i had given myself until mid August to take the final decision. If I would get a new and exciting contract before that date, I would postpone the dive adventure until after the contract.
On Monday the series and finals of the 100m were scheduled and Marlou ran the second best time in the series. It appeared she held back a bit because at 70m the qualification was secured. In the other series however, the best time was 0.3 seconds faster. The finals were going to be a tough race. With exactly the same time as in the series, my daughter finished second. No Gold this time, but still a great
Medal ceremony 200m
Marlou won the Gold!
On Tuesday I had a couple of meetings scheduled, but because of the fitness goals i have set for myself, the gym was my first stop after breakfast. A light workout (30 mins stationary bike and some free weights), but I still managed to burn 500 calories. A drop in the ocean compared to the intake this week, but none the less I feel proud to have managed to go to the hotel gym. (one has to savor the little victories 😊).
The meetings turned out to be rather fruitful and no less than 4 possible opportunities were discussed. Would the dive adventure be over before it really started?
The rest of the week was spent in a similar fashion; breakfast, gym, roaming through London ending in a bar or restaurant somewhere in the West End (where i stayed). In total I managed to walk over 70 km (yes this is the correct distance!) through different neighborhoods.
Friday night was family night and my oldest daughter and her other half joined me for drinks in the sky bar and a nice Thai dinner. On Saturday it was time to head to the stadium again. No
gym today because the session starts early. This time for the 200m series. The weather was turning and the sun was hiding behind thick and dark clouds. Marlou id what was expected and set the best time. No holding back this time and the distance to number two was impressive. A good sign for the Finals on Sunday. After the race another stroll through picturesque London and a nice dinner.
Sunday started with the gym again and after that a walk to and through the Tate Modern. I was meeting a friend around 3PM to head to the stadium together, so by 2:30 it was time to head for the sky bar again (Doubletree Tower Bridge has a great sky bar with a view of the Tower bridge). Around 5PM we left for the stadium while the sky turned grey. It looked like it was going to rain heavily, not a good sign for the race. The race was to start at 6:10 and by 5:45 it was pouring down. No chance of a dry or even dry-ish race. It would be a 200m swim to the finish. Marlou started ok and came through the corner in second place.
The view from the hotel room
With another 60m to go she was heading the field and was running towards a sure Gold medal. Tally for the championship; 1 Silver and 1 Gold! Reason to celebrate.
Around 3PM on Monday, I received a message from KLM that the flight was canceled and they were going to try to re-book me to a different flight the same day. Unfortunately all flights appeared to be full and the earliest possibility to fly home was on Tuesday morning. A couple of calls and a short taxi ride later, I checked in in the Hilton Tower bridge (the hotel I had stayed in until then was fully booked for the night). The Hilton was kind enough to upgrade me to an executive room with lounge access so I could enjoy the view of the Shard.
Tuesday morning a quick breakfast and a taxi to the airport for the flight home. High time to update the blog and change into my gym gear. I haven't stepped on the scales yet but I fear the readings will not be gentle.
Goal for next week is to lose the extra gin/tonic calories and get back on track for my >95kg.
Tot: 1.145s; Tpl: 0.051s; cc: 8; qc: 46; dbt: 0.0212s; 1; m:saturn w:www (188.8.131.52); sld: 1;
; mem: 1.4mb