So I am writing this from my tiny flat at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. I’m here for a week-long training camp with the Australian Judo Team in preparation for the Samoa World Cup next month.
Since the Worlds last August I’ve had some ups and downs. I had torn a ligament in my knee just days before Pan-Am Tour in July, but kept it under wraps and nursed it as much as I could. However, by the time the competition care round, it was really impeding my game. The only solution was a couple of weeks of significantly scaled back training.
By late September the knee felt okay, and I entered the Australian University Games for some fun and to test the muscle out. I ended up having a bunch of fights, winning my division and the Champion of Champions event, without getting injured.
Training has been a million miles an hour since then in preparation for my final three events of the year. I will be entering the Samoa World Cup in November where I will be looking to improve on last year’s bronze medal and hopefully contest my first world cup final.
I will then come home for a couple of weeks before attacking the Tokyo Grand Slam and Qingdao Grand Prix - and hopefully taking a big step towards securing my qualification spot for London 2012.
Well, I quite literally have to go and start the taping up process to make sure I get through the next training session in one piece.
Will post again soon. Hopefully with some good news.