Two down, two to go!

Well I am halfway through my Paralympic experience and just as excited as I was on day one! On Sunday evening, I started off the competition with the 100m. Unfortunately, I wasn’t quite fast enough and I walked away with a 4th place finish and the drive to do better in my next event. On Monday, in an attempt to escape racing for a while, I headed to Buckingham Palace with my family to see how the Royal Family lives. :) It was an awesome tour filled with room after room of lavish items and decor. Of course my favorite part of the tour was the “Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration” exhibit. Some of the pieces were absolutely stunning and made me a bit jealous of Kate Middleton. I think it’s true, diamonds really are a girl’s best friend. HaHa

After a day of rest on Tuesday, I headed back to the stadium last night to race the 800m. I had seen the start list prior to last night and noticed that all seven of the women in the race had almost exactly the same seedtime. For those that don’t know, each athlete submits their best time from the season and these times are listed next to the athlete’s name on our start list sheet. When I saw how competitive the field was I got a bit nervous. I have raced all of the women in the field over the last year with the exception of the athletes from China. And I knew that they are all capable of running very fast times. On the start line I really didn’t have a plan for how I wanted to run the race. But once the gun went off, my years of experience in racing kicked in and I found the perfect position in the pack. With 200m left in the race, three competitors (including myself) broke away slightly from the rest of the field. I didn’t know this at the time and so I kept waiting for someone to come up my outside and pass me! Luckily, no one came; unfortunately, I was not able to power hard enough to come around the two women in front of me. But it’s okay, I finished in 3rd place and won the BRONZE medal! Phew! For those of you that haven’t yet seen the race, I am posting the video below. Now I must run as I leave in 30 minutes for the stadium to race the 200m!

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