"You can’t out-obedience the competition"
Asia is a love/hate destination for most westerners. I’ll be honest I used to be on the latter side of this see-saw, always feeling as if my space is constantly being invaded, most food tasting like garlic and every damn city is hotter than hells waiting room.
Hong Kong on my second-time round has started to change my thinking. It’s still hot and humid as hell, but I am starting to appreciate the differences I once use to dislike. Maybe it’s me becoming accustom to the culture and accepting the differences I once thought were unsound or I’m becoming more open minded as the years go by, either way I’m finally getting into it.
This past weekend I made the trip out to the second cluster of the World Cup in HK. I arrived nervous. Unsure of my condition. For the last 4 Weeks, I’ve had a very different preparation as to usual. A huge shake up in my weight training regime that has started to show dividends early but something I need to monitor and make small tweaks still to optimize. This again coming from changing my approach to trying new things outside the box. Never be afraid to try new things.
The weekend went surprisingly well. I was on my times from the last cluster coming off a full preparation with taper and managed to bag 2 gold medals plus the second best Fina points time in the 100.
All round the weekend was a worthwhile trip. Igniting a spark to spend more time in Asia and appreciate its differences, some good race performances and plenty laughs with friends (Check my Instagram for all the shenanigans) whilst doing what we love.
Fly me to the pool... In Doha