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Race day brings nerves and excitement

It's 7:02 a.m., New Delhi time.

I actually woke up at 6:40 a.m, but I can't sleep in so I figured that this would be a good time to blog. I was going to write Saturday night but fell asleep pretty hard. I hope I can take a little nap sometime later Sunday morning.

As for race day, I'm excited and nervous. Today's my first round. I run today at 5:30 p.m. The goal is simple: make it to the final.

I'd like to do it in good fashion too, but I can't be too picky with my time. It doesn't matter if I don't make the final. We only have two rounds, the preliminaries and the final. That's one or two rounds shorter than other sprint events, probably because other sprinters are smart, and not crazy enough to run the sprint hurdles.

I'll let you in on a few things about the hurdles. The basic premise is obviously the same as all other sprint events: run fast.

However, there are 10 menacing obstacles in the way and anything can happen. I usually want to throw caution to the wind and just rip it up from the start to finish. However, 100-metre hurdlers (for the women), and 110 hurdlers (for the men) have to sometimes contain that raw aggression, especially in the first race.

I don't mean to say that I'm going to take it easy - I'm not.

I just mean that hurdlers have focused aggressiveness. If aggression isn't encased in concentration, the hurdles will somehow come to life, jump up and bite. Sometimes it's nibble and the path of the hurdler is disrupted. Other times the hurdle is mean.

It's as though the hurdle grabs on to your leg in a funky MMA (mixed martial arts) leg submission and doesn't let go until parts of your body that should never touch the ground are on the ground (last time I checked, it's not a good thing to have your face on the track at any time during any event).

That's why I love the hurdles. Anything can happen.

It's volatile poetry.  Powerful, explosive, fickle at times, but fluid and graceful. To me, these elements make brilliant dynamic art.

Anyways, enough with my weird love affair. Again, the goal is simple; make it to the final.

This is my first competition since the Canadian championships. That was at the end of July.  I haven't had many competitions this year, either.

Not competing much this year + last competition was in July = Angela is nervous/anxious. Angela is also excited to put it out there (and should stop speaking in third person).

I want to run a good time. If you weren't aware, the women's hurdles is a pretty good event in Canada (props to Perdita and Priscilla).  I'm working my way back to that stage, to that level and India is the spot.

Good weather and good competition

I'm ranked second based on personal bests and third based on season's bests.  Sally Person is the favourite. She's been running very well. The target is on her back.  I'm going to lock in. 

So readers, I'm going to do my best out there over the next two days. Thanks in advance for your support. Restock your refreshments and continue to enjoy the show!

Until we meet again.