The National Indoor Championships are just about to start and the first major target set for Jessica is just a short 4 weeks away, the IAAF World Indoor Championships.
It seems to be a global championships that’s largely been ignored by most of the media, and this isn’t solely restricted to the sport of athletics, it seems to be the case with all sports. The questions have all been about London, and the Indoor season being a preparation for London.
The Indoor season and indoor performances in reality have little bearing on the summer championships in any year, and in 2012 it will be no different. A win or a loss in Istanbul will not guarantee you the same result in the Olympics less than 5 months later. In fact a win indoors doesn’t even guarantee you selection for the Olympics.
So why do it?
The Indoor season is a welcome check point on the journey to the Olympics, a chance after 4 months of hard work to see just how training is going. Also a chance to reassess the plan. The Indoor season is far enough away from the Summer Games to give the best possible chance of making changes in time for them to be effective.
The other reason for me is that athletics is sport and still supposed to be fun, the real place to have that fun is in the buzz of the competition arena. A Global Championships is of course special, so why wouldn’t you do it?
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