Imani-Lara Lansiquot jumped out of her comfort zone, raced the best in the world, and it paid off with a string of impressive indoor performances. With the self-belief gained, the 20-year-old confidently looks ahead to the outdoor season.
How the last few weeks have flown! They felt as rapid as they were, and for me, it was action-packed with back-to-back races and a mountain of assignments to attend to, all whilst trying to maintain my sanity.
In my last class of 2018 post, I spoke about the importance of patience, and how I would take one step at a time this indoor season. The main performance goals for coach and I were to leave with confidence for the outdoor, and also to leave healthy and ready for spring training.
I was really (really!) pleased to have achieved both of these goals, picking up some great world-class experiences along the way, racing on the World Indoor circuit in both Torun and Glasgow.
Racing on the circuit was a bit of a new venture for me and motivated my latest buzz-word – independence.
It is easy to become comfortable in your every-day training bubble; where you have your coach, your training partners, your physiotherapist and your everyday routine.
However, the dynamic completely changes in race season; where suddenly you’re thrown on a race track with nobody but yourself backing you when the gun goes.
With this in mind, I made the last-minute decision to race in Torun instead of racing at BUCS, off the back of a successful race in Newham, where I posted a new PB of 7.26s. I wanted to challenge myself and made a decision that I felt would steer me closer to my goals for the outdoor.
Wowow I’m buzzing!!!! Loved performing in Torun this evening, leaving with a huge new PB, 7.21, and lots of confidence for the outdoor! Next stop Glasgow! ✈️☺️@FudgeLdnProject @SkyScholarships pic.twitter.com/TQzW1ovked
— Imani-Lara Lansiquot (@ImaniLara) February 15, 2018
Ultimately, this meant throwing myself into the deep end, opting for the race in Torun, as opposed to my original plan of racing at BUCS.
I was super happy with this decision, as it was my first time travelling without my coach, training partners, or family and really allowed me to test my own self-belief and independence.
I was over the moon, to leave with another PB of 7.21s, alongside lots of momentum and confidence, that I showed I was capable of keeping my head and standing on my own two feet against the world’s best.
I then raced in the Glasgow Grand Prix, where I was happy to post my second fastest time this year. Qualifying from the heats, I gained invaluable experience racing world-class athletes Dina Asher-Smith, Marie Ta Lou, Elaine Thompson and Dafne Schippers among others in the final.
And just like that indoors is DONE! 🙏🏽🙏🏽 What an experience lining up with the best in the world in Glasgow. Glad to hold my own, and come away healthy & excited for what’s most important!!! #outdoors #100 #200 #2018 🔥💖 pic.twitter.com/vKSDQCK9jG
— Imani-Lara Lansiquot (@ImaniLara) February 25, 2018
I think what I learned this indoors is that although it takes a small village (literally) of people to get you to the start-line, ultimately, race day is about you.
It is about keeping a clear and focused head, having a trusted plan, and being able to exert that independence. It has been a great learning curve, and I’m looking forward to seeing how I translate these lessons into the outdoor season.
Over the next couple of months, I plan to build on the speed from the indoors and hopefully race in some bigger outdoor meets. Hoping to gain further high-quality experiences and confidence from these, my long-term goal over the coming months is the European Championships in Berlin.
Imani-Lara Lansiquot is part of the ‘class of 2018’ and this year will share her running journey every month. You can read Imani-Lara’s previous posts here and further information about the ‘class of 2018’ can be found here.