Thursday, April 09, 2015

Bella Italia!

Ciao! We made it into Turin. Nice sunny weather; if I were here on holidays I sure would not complain but for running a race it may be a tad hot for us Irishised :-).

Yep, international Athletes.
Norway, France, Canada, Russia, Taiwan 
There are plenty of very fit looking people in this hotel. I'll keep in mind that I got here on merit and will try not to be intimidated. My performance last year has me placed well within the top half of the field - my head knows it, my heart isn't quite so sure.

Nerves are definitely acting up. I haven't been sleeping properly for the last 5 nights. First I kept worrying about an issue with the hotel, now that that got resolved I am just plain nervous.

I ran 5 miles on Monday, 10 on Tuesday in Windsor which should have been no more than 6 or 7 but I got completely lost! Nothing since but walking around Legoland/Windsor/London feels like training on the legs as well. Now that we have arrived in Turin I'm putting up my legs and try not to move at all.

I'm not sure if my upset stomach is from nerves or something I ate but can only hope that it will resolve itself sooner rather than later.

Oh! My! God! This is the World Championship! How did I get here!

Updates during the race might be available here.


  1. Good luck man, really inspiring stuff to see such improvements over the years and now this event. Seriously good going!

  2. Best of luck Thomas! Will watch for this race report with great interest! Fascinating to read your training log to this point.

  3. So how do you exactly explain that you are a Kerryman running with Austria? All the best and don't be in awe of the opposition, they are equally as nervous as well and are probably thinking of how lucky they are to be there. You aren't there to make up the numbers. You will do great and the stomach will be fine.

  4. Best of luck Thomas. Hope all goes well for you and

  5. I hope it's going well Thomas. Looking forward to both the consise and in depth reports :)

  6. Well done - I followed you online - can't wait for the report!!! Brendan

  7. Great performance Thomas, 60th overall, 215.691km, 2nd within the Austria team is fantastic, what an asset to the team. Will the Irish team every forgive you though ;-)

  8. Great performance Thomas-all the hard work paid off.

  9. Well done on the race, fantastic distance on the day and truly epic if taking Dublin 2004 as a starting point in your running career. I have enjoyed your blog since stumbling on it a few years ago. Inspirational stuff.