This Wednesday I’m making my second trip to China in the past year. In 2014 I was in Beijing and this Wednesday I’ll be jetting off to Shanghai to compete against the German Christina Schwanitz, China’s World and Olympic medallist, Gong Lijiao, Commonwealth Games silver medallist, Clepatra Borel from Trinidad and Tobago and Yulia Leantsiuk of Belarus. Fortunately there will be some USA folks among all the international faces, Felishia Johnson and Brittany Smith to help make it feel normal.
While east-Asia is a fascinating place to visit this is a business trip, with my focus and activities pointing to learning how to compete successful internationally, which is critical in bringing home medals.
Adjusting to the time zone is the hardest thing, China is one of the hardest countries to adjust to so far for me. To adjust I plan sleep on the plane. There are many different ways to adjust to the time zone that I have heard from various people, I’m still trying to find the best option for me. I’m going to try and sleep as much as I can once I arrive as well. Nutritionally, the host hotel provides meals so that’s covered, and I plan to find non-perishable food options to pack with my 109mm Polanik shot put.
My meet-prep’ stays simple, a quick shake-out session for timing on Friday and it’s time to go. Training in the states before hand both in the weight room and on technique make the need for doing either of those things unnecessary. This trip will help me prepare for this year’s World Championships in Beijing, so I plan to take lots of notes and find ways to make traveling to China as simple as possible!