Stretching Out in Suwalki

With a whirlwind trip to Mannheim completed, it was time to catch a short flight to Warsaw after a one and a half hour bus ride to the airport. On arrival at Warsaw we were faced with the long haul bus ride to Suwalki of some 5 hours. Always keen for a bit of R & R whilst travelling, this wasn’t going to be a memorable ride. Sickness had presented itself and was setting in. Like a Sydney fog bringing everything to a standstill, I was struck down with a heavy cold. Whilst the rest of the team got out and about I was restricted to bed rest and a handful of panadol.

With this setback out of the way midweek, it was back to light training and of course some lost sightseeing. However, the first and only thing on my mind was the Polish Junior Athletics Championships. Unfortunately, come Friday afternoon with the commencement of the first event, I had not recovered as well as I wanted and stood down from running in my last opportunity to run an individual 400m before the World Juniors.  That was left to the others girls in the team who performed well racing against each other as we were unable to race against the Polish as it was their World Juniors qualifiers.

Courtesy of Athletics AustraliaThe 4 x 400m relay was the second last event of the meet and our first opportunity to run together as a team. The rain had set in and conditions were not favourable for great times. Forced into the second heat the changeovers were completed without error and we ran in a comfortable first place. Good result and start for the upcoming World Junior Championships. In fact, good results across the track and field.  It’s been a great time so far but we are getting to the serious side of competition.

No rest for the wicked though. An early start this morning for our 6 hour bus ride onto Spala back through the way we came from Warsaw. Anyway, it will give me time to think about what I’m missing on Home and Away.

Jessica Blocks

The new Olympic sport of ‘Block Sledding’.

On a side note, thank you very much to Colonial First State for their support of young athletes through the Sports Boost competition and the little surprise I’ll have when I get home. Congratulations to Talia for winning the competition and good luck in your sporting career ahead. Finally, a big thank you again to everyone who voted for me throughout the competition and for all your ongoing support. It’s been much appreciated.

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