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Chaconian Tim Hornsby races in the Olympic 200m flatwater sprint race tomorrow, August 10th. Join Chaco and cheer him on!

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Hello again, this time from London! I got in Wednesday night and now begins the final preparation for my race on Friday, August 10th. 

The Opening Ceremonies were absolutely amazing. The feelings I felt when walking into the stadium were unreal. It wasn’t until I arrived back at the Village that I realize I had been part of something so much bigger than myself - an event that brings the whole world together, an event that four billion people watched. Before I left for the Opening, many athletes told me it would be too tiring, too long, or too much time on your feet. Although all those things were true, everything else just melted away when I walked through the entrance. It is just you, your country and your dreams. I would not trade that experience for anything. Everyone has worked so hard to be there, I was just so proud to be there with them. It was truly an experience that I will remember forever.

What made it even more special was that I was able to walk alongside my girlfriend - 2012 U.S. Olympic pole vaulter Becky Holliday. It had been something we both really wanted to do together and I’m so glad she was able to go. We both have worked so hard to be here. Behind the scenes, times can be extremely rewarding, but very difficult as well. The last few years, we have helped each other through these times and it really makes the Opening Ceremonies experience so special for us.

We met at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California in 2009 and have been together since. We both just barely missed qualifying for the Olympic Team in 2008. It just didn’t work out as we had planned. But for sure, we knew it was possible for both of us to make it to London. It was really just about doing what we knew we could do, executing our plans like we knew we could.

The last few weeks in France have been really hard training-wise, and I had set some specific performance goals leading up to the Games. On the last day, I was tired and a bit sick, but was able to record my personal best time in the 200-meter (34.9 seconds) and the 150-meter (24.8). I was very excited to have reached all of my goals leading into London. Now it is just time to execute my plan for the last few weeks and race the way I know I can. I have set some new goals: first to make the Final, and well, you can probably guess the next one. It is really important for me to make these goals and address the challenges of each as they come. The lofty goals I aspire to are enormous and must be taken one step at a time. I know this is corny, but it’s just like the old adage “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.”

Now is the time to rest and get sharp. Our sessions will be once, maybe twice a day and no longer than one hour. Many will be significantly shorter. The key now is to make sure your body is prepared to empty the tank for one effort only, to go as fast as possible. In the next ten days, I will have a lot of rest time. I’m staying at a satellite athlete village closer to the sprint canoe/kayak venue in Eton Dorney, near Windsor Castle. It’s important to rest even though you might feel like you have a lot of energy. At this point, everyone has different ideas of what they need to do and for me, it’s keeping my stress low and enjoying the experience. I will, however, be going to London on the 6th to see Becky compete. I am really excited for that. 

Thanks for everything,

Tim

 

 

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