We had arranged to stay with Birgitte and her family, a friend of my uncle Sean. Birgitte and Laura picked us up from the airport and we had a wonderful home cooked meal. It was so great to stay with people who live in the country you are visiting. You can ask so many questions about the culture, and see things from a perspective you don't get to see as a traveller.
We didn't want to be out on our feet the day of a race, so we had our usual pre-race day: chilling/eating/sleeping...
During the meet, there was some new event, like a scooter sprint or something. It was nuts! One guy was trying for a world record, but didn't make it. I don't know if this is going to be "the next big thing" or if this is purely a new Scandinavian sport.
Claire had her long jump, which started around the same time as I was warming up, so I only got to see 1 jump, which happened to be her best one!
I had a nice warmup in the park next to the track, which was packed with football games, joggers, and people just hanging out. Felt super good during my accelerations, wearing lots of layers to stay extra warm since it wasn't even 20 degrees out. My race was at 8:20pm. It's definitely a different experience to compete in a country where English isn't the language because at the starting area, there was lots of discussion going on, and only some of the blocks out, and I had to go ask someone what was happening. There were way more people that spoke English in Denmark compared to Germany, so there was never much of a problem.
L to R: Dylan Armstrong, Theo Hunt, Nigel Hole, Claire Donner, Maggie Hanlon, Justin Rodhe.
Tomorrow, Friday, we will just be chilling around our apartment and finalizing the vacation portion of the trip, before we head to Berlin to watch the ISTAF meet. Saturday we are heading to Antwerp for our last race of the 2012 season. I'll be competing in the 200m for sure, and maybe the 100m as well.
At the University of Sport, Cologne. L to R: Maggie Hanlon, Claire Donner, Casey Atkin