As many of you know, it has been a difficult few months for me rehabilitating a hamstring tear.
I have never torn my hamstring before so I was careful with my rehabilitation and followed the strict guidelines by the medical team looking after me.
After initially being told the injury would take 3 months until I was back into full training, it has in fact turned out to be 6!
Sometimes the human body can be difficult to understand and this is just how it is. I didn’t take massive risks this year in my opinion because the unquestionable focus would have to be the Rio Olympic Games over Beijing. Pushing too much too soon would have most probably seen me racing much earlier but with also higher risks of a re-occurance.
I would like to compete at Beijing for the WC still and that has always been my intention, especially believing that my injury would only sit me out for 3 months.
This is where I am today. The Sainsbury Anniversary Games are this weekend and despite closing the 2014 season as a top 5 in the world ranked athlete and a double medalist, there is no lane for me among the 16 other athletes racing this weekend.
Other athletes have been racing since the beginning of the season and honing their form. My form is clearly unknown to most so getting me into meets at the halfway point of the season is a difficult task for my race agent. Meeting directors like having a performance from less than a week ago in order to ratify current form.
I’m strong, fit and upbeat and relishing my next race, which is the England Championships. 1-2 August 2015.
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Right now I am warm weather training in Florida. Preparing for the next few competitions that I have out here.
The track that I use is inside the famous Disney resort and that adds for a truly magical experience.
Here is a clip of me training in the gym today at Disney World.
AVIVA Sports Hall Athletics FInal LG Arena Birmingham:
WILLIAM TO LAUNCH THE AVIVA SPORTS HALL FINAL
LG ARENA, BIRMINGHAM.
Belfast: SPAR lunch their new 10k series of road races across N. Ireland.
How it all started….
What an incredible few days!
Who would have thought it? A few weeks ago I wasn’t even in the Great Britain Athletics squad for the World Championships and now I have just finished fourth in the final, clocking a personal best time of 13.30seconds!
In any other race so far in my career I would have considered myself unlucky to have finished in fourth place, just missing out on the medals. However, this is the World Championships and my first real chance on the big stage so just to be in contention with the quality of opposition on show was a massive thing for me.
If any of you saw my BBC appearance in the studio on Friday, you will have heard Colin Jackson’s analysis of my performance in the final. What a privilege to get tips from such an established and successful hurdler! Everything that he said rings true with me, and I intend to spend my winter concentrating on my technical endurance because in the final I know that I didn’t run the best technical race.
The actual race and the lead up to it was a bit of a blur. The euphoria in the crowd was tangible after the heroics of Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt, and as soon as I walked into the stadium I felt in fantastic shape. This was the best opportunity in my athletics career to date and I intended to give it my best shot, particularly after I heard the cheer for the German athlete. I wanted people cheering like that for me!
I stumbled near the start and I clipped some of the hurdles but not enough to knock them down. Towards the end of the race I couldn’t even see the hurdles, I was just running blind. A reporter told me afterwards that my time had put me fifth on the all time British list, which is just such an amazing accomplishment. To be honest I had no idea until he pointed it out, but it’s just another bonus on such an incredible night.
Who knows what’s next? But the next port of call is to get home, give my little son a little cuddle.