Tyson Gay who in the last fortnight has beaten Usain Bolt in Stockholm and set the fastest time in the world this year when dashing 9.78 in the damp and cold of London, reflects on a busy month:
“A lot has happened since I last wrote. Raced in Monaco, Stockholm and London. I just arrived in Zürich and I am getting ready for Weltklasse. It has been a busy month.
On the track, things are going well. Each race, I feel a little faster and I am making progress getting technically better in my race execution.
Rather than write more about the things I do to prepare for Diamond League races while here in Europe, I figured I would give you a list of things that I have learned this summer. Kind of my own top ten list...
10. No matter what time of year it is, Monaco is always a good place to visit, train and race. I trained there after the race and during the European Championships. I don’t speak French but the people treat athletes well...even Prince Albert is a huge track fan.
9. That new track at Stade Louis is fast...very fast.
8. Olympic fever has started in London. The Olympics are two years away but the people and the media are real excited already. Almost everywhere I went, people wanted to talk about London 2012. Hope I will be part of the show in August 2012!
7. This sounds strange, but to be a fast sprinter, you need to be patient. I’ve learned to be patient in my preparation but I’ve also had to learn to be patient once the gun goes off. It isn’t just about moving your legs and arms as fast as you can...
6. He is 7 feet and 1 inch tall (2.2 meters) and weighs around 340lbs (154kg)...but Shaq* is a lot faster than you think.
5. Just because it is cold and wet...doesn’t mean that sprinters can’t run fast. You see some of those results from London.
4. The only thing better than a race between Asafa, me and Usain would be one with the three of us and Christophe Lemaitre from France. If he keeps developing, he has the tools to deliver an Olympic medal to France, I think. He gets it done in the big races.
3. People think that because I don’t smile or joke around after a race that I am not happy. That just isn’t me. Believe me though...I am real happy to be out there and I just enjoy racing.
2. At the end of the season, I need a vacation. I’ve never taken one. This will be the first time. Not sure where I am going to go, but it will be nice to just relax.
1. I like Stockholm. LOL
*NOTE: Shaq = Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal is an American professional basketball player for the NBA's Boston Celtics.