And we’re off! The day has finally arrived, and we’re heading over to Europe for out final preparation camp before London. We just had a team reception with some guest speakers, the Canadian Olympic Medalists of Olympics past. John Wood (’76 silver), Larry Cain (’84 gold, silver), Alwyn Morris (’84 gold, bronze) and Steve Giles (’00 bronze) regaled us with tales of their races and inspirational words. Basically they all had the same message: you’ve put in the work, just stay rested and focus on your race, everything else will take care of itself. It was great to hear them talk but even better to just sit and chat with them about training and racing and life in general. These guys were all heroes of mine growing up, and they’ve inspired me throughout my career, including today. That being said, what struck me most when I was in the room with them today was the fact that while they are all extraordinary athletes, they’re also in a lot of ways just regular guys. Regular guys who had a goal and put in a ton of hard work to achieve it, and put it all together when it counted. I looked around at our team and realized that we’ve all done the first part; it’s time for us now to do the second part. Of course in a lot of ways that is the hardest part, but I’m confident in our team and the work we’ve done and I am excited for the coming weeks. So I’ll have to cut this short, Gab has been distracting me and now our flight is about to board, but I’m excited to get to France and rest up and stay focused!
Jason, Mark, Hugues, Mark, Alwyn, Ryan, John, Adam, Steve, Larry