Spain and Switzerland!
At the end of June, Karen, Jason and I travelled to Albacete, Spain and Arosa, Switzerland for the two last World Cups leading into London. All three of us were excited to get on the field of play, check out the other athletes and also see how our routines measured up against the competition. This is our trip!
This was the first time I had ever been to Spain. We got there a few days before the competition so that we could adjust to the trampolines and get used to the time. The first few days, we trained but we were also able to check out the city a little bit:
The gym was HOT but training was going well for Karen and I despite sweating buckets. We were adjusting to the trampolines, which were more powerful and less stable than the ones we train on. Jason had a pain in his butt so was unable to train and ended up having to scratch from the competition. On competition day, the tramps got the best of me and I struggled through my first routine. This knocked me down to 11th place, 0.2 out of finals (the first finals I did not make since 2007). Karen, as always, maintained strong control and competed well. It was a really exciting final to watch both for the men and women- Karen placed third behind two Chinese athletes!
After the competition in Spain, we headed to Arosa Switzerland, one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. We had a day off for travel then had a few days of training before prelims. We took advantage of these days to get a few work-outs in and head to the top of the mountain.
After struggling in Spain, I was also able to use these few days to adjust my strategy to control the trampolines a bit better. In Switzerland, on top of the already more powerful, less stable trampolines, we were at higher altitude meaning means less air resistance and higher times of flight. With a few days of training, we were all ready to go. The preliminary round went well, Karen and I both qualified into the finals in third and fourth place (0.005 apart from each other!). Jason struggled with his first routine but posted a HUGE score for his second routine and placed 12th.
Before finals, Karen and I talked about how amazing it would be to both be on the podium together but focused solely on putting out the strongest routines possible. We never imagined that we would be on the podium together (for the first time) in first and second! After the finals results were posted, we were really excited not only about our result, but also to get home and train to prove we still have more in us.
(Karen and I on the podium together for the first time, just after I dropped the lid of the trophy – whoops!)
33 Days of training left before our competition, BRING IT ON!!!
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