After getting through the initial awkwardness of driving a car with the wheel on the right, on the left side of the road, made even more challenging by many traffic circles and confusing GPS directions, I went right to the stadium.
Facilities looked good, great track, big crowd, nice scoreboard w/ large video screen. Not quite the gravitas of France last year ... with all the choreographed music introducing the races, the 2 languages, etc... The announcer here is a bit low key by comparison, and it's all in English.
I watched Don's medal ceremony for the M55 100m. He won in 11.82, Aussie silver was also under 12, and the tall Belgian took the bronze in 12.1. Including the semis, 4 guys who will also run the 200m, ran in the 12.1's or better, 6 under 12.26 ... way faster than the field in France last year.
The 200m is going to tough this year. I think it will take a near PR - mid 24's for me to get into the medals. I'm staying up this evening so I'm tired and can go to bed at a normal time for me, which is about 11 or 12. My foot is sore from walking around today so tomorrow, I'll just stretch and rest. Tempted to go to the stadium as it is open for off day training, but it's going to a be a long 'tournament' and I'll probably just stretch and rest. Forecast calls for good but windy weather all week except by Saturday, heat may be a factor in the 400m finals.
|Don wins gold in the 100m - M55 100m medal ceremony|