My tiring morning run was made tolerable by thinking of the inspiring performances of Jo Pavey last night. The paper had some interesting quotes about her take on being a mother and an athlete.
She hasn't been to training camp in 6 years, and thinks she wasted a lot of training doing a lot of travelling. This time two years ago one of the things that was stressing me out was that I thought that I couldn't give everything I wanted to be able to give to orienteering as I couldn't commit to going on the training camps that I thought that I ought to be going on. Now I am much more laid back about this. I did the European Champs and WOC this year, never having been in the terrain beforehand. I don't think my performances sufferred massively as a result. If I have not trained in the terrain before, I automatically give the navigation more focus than I would otherwise, and the masses of geeking I did with Nick before the Norweigian world cups and WOC ensured that I stood on the startline with the confidence in my abilities to navigate well. The other advantage in not going on training camps is that your training is much more consistent. No missed days from travelling, when the kids are at school, and I am at work, it is the same training week in week out. Consistency really does make a difference, but it is hard in the school holidays, and times like now when the school are 'easing' Lucy in by only going in for half days...
The other thing she said that was interesting was that it was nice that she no longer thought about whether she ought to be stopping and having children. I never had any desire to go to WOC when I was having my kids, and certainly didn't have the problem of deciding when to break off an illustrious international orietneering career to have kids, but its great having had them, that I can just enjoy orienteering, and not think about having to do well this year as it will have to be my last because I'll have to stop mucking around and have kids. So she's 40, and is thinking of Rio 2016 when she'll be 42, does that mean I ought to be thinking of WOC 2019?