World champion and World Athletics Final runner up Valerie Adams has finally come to the end of a long but fantastic season which saw her become her country's second gold medal winner at the IAAF World Championships with an Oceania record 20.54m.
"Well I have finally got back to New Zealand after an awesome but very tiring trip!
"After the World Championships I went directly to Germany and settled into accommodation at the Training Centre at Kienbaum, which is about an hour’s drive from Berlin. It was a pretty sweet village, near to training facilities, and I liked the area.
"I competed in Thum, Germany where I threw 19.24m to win the competition, and followed this up with a win in Rovereto, Italy (19.65m) just a couple of days later. This result in Rovereto gave me some more World Athletics Tour points and I ended up getting a wild card into the World Athletics Final in Stuttgart.
"It’s pretty difficult for me to gain the necessary points to qualify for this event as there are only a few scoring events in my home region and they don’t always have the Shot Put on the schedule of events.
"In Stuttgart, I was close to my personal best (20.40 vs 20.54 PB) but this time it wasn’t quite enough to win. Ostapchuk threw 20.45m to beat me by almost the same margin as I beat her at the World Championships. I was very happy with this performance and it was a great battle between us both.
"I was very lucky to spend a short holiday in Milan where I was able to catch up with my auntie and her family. It was pretty special as I haven’t seen her for about 20 years. I also indulged in some shopping!
"It’s a two-week break from training for me now. I plan to spend the time with Bertrand (her husband) and my family, just chilling. Then Kirsten (her coach) and I need to put some plans in place so that I can start training in preparation for the Olympics next year.
Until next time"