Ever wondered like it's like inside a Diamond League Event like this weekend's Sainsbury's Anniversary Games? Well, this being my first one internationally I'm here to spill the scoop!!
From the moment I arrived in downtown London at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, I knew that this meet was slightly different than others I've competed in- for starters, fans were standing outside on the sidewalk for hours at a time enthusiatically gathering autographs and wishing athletes good luck in their competitions.
Inside the hotel is an athletes dream come true: super friendly and helpful meet staff greet you as soon as you walk in (need help getting teammates tickets? No prob!), not to mention unlimited water bottles and fruit everywhere (staying hydrated has never been so easy). With the plush accomodations, awesome views of downtown London and all the delicious food served at meal times (food served out of fine silver just tastes better by default right?) it's hard to not feel completely pampered. Fine tuning is no issue, with the magic hands of the meet physios available.
If I thought all of that was a novelty, when I arrived at the Olympic Stadium I was blown away. Warming up with the fastest man in the world chilling in the corner was a bit distracting (don't stare, don't stare, don't stare) but after I out kicked him on a few pre-race striders I knew I was ready to race.
It was the most incredible and jaw dropping experience to stand in a stadium filled with 70,000 people- and if that wasn't enough there were fireworks and fire blasters that fired at the finish of every race. I mean, I couldn't have even dreamed up anything more exciting!