#100daystogo: Shelley Rudman on mastering the Sochi track
October 30, 2013 09:42 am
Last season couldn't really have gone any better and I'm right where I need to be as we countdown towards Sochi.
I'm looking forward to spending some time there in November and that will be the last chance we get to train on the track before we head out there for the Games.
I was there earlier this year and I know the areas I found tricky and that's where I need to improve. I still need to get a good understanding of whether or not it suits me but hopefully I will on my next visit.
It's a technical track, which I should like because I enjoy a challenge. I like to focus on a sequence of curves and try to figure out the best way to be quickest.
Vancouver was a very fast track but Sochi is quite different and has three uphill sections, which is something new for us.
Sochi would be my third Olympics and the track is somewhere between Turin and Vancouver. I hope to connect with it a bit more and, hopefully, when it comes to the Games I will be as ready to race as well as I can.
It's a gradual build-up from now to the Olympics and it's all about peaking at the right time. The end goal is the Olympics and winning a medal there.
But right now the focus is the opening World Cup races, which start in Calgary.
Obviously you want to do well in each World Cup but you don't want to fatigue either because the circuit can be quite exhausting and is very intense.
You're competing almost every week, travelling and training and even the logistics of moving equipment around is tiring. There will also be races where you need to perhaps sacrifice your position to test equipment or different components of your driving.
However, it is also about trying to qualify for my third Olympics which, if I did it, would an achievement I’d be really proud of.
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