What an amazing week it had been in Melbourne. The best ever World Track Championships - the teams medal haul and stacks of PB performances were outstanding, but what really made this World Champs different to any of the other six I've raced was the vocal New Zealand support bellowing from the stands every day. It really made a difference and to be able to win in front of a "home crowd" and give the Kiwi's the opportunity to sing our national anthem was my proudest racing moment yet.
World titles are so hard to get and once you have experienced that feeling you want it again even more. In the heats the times were so fast and I was last off. I was standing in the pits thinking "Crikey I'm going to have to ride a PB just to make the final here." I love the challenge of racing and with such tough tight competition the rainbow jersey feels even more sweet.
Now the pressure lies on the selectors, with limited Olympic spots and so many performances worthy of Olympic selection they are going to be forced to make some tough and seemingly unfair decisions in naming the final track team. It's frustrating knowing that this full Worlds team can't all line up in London, but I guess thats just another component that makes the Olympics what it is.
For now as athletes we can't do anything more to influence the selectors, thats probably the hardest bit, you just have to sit back and wait for the big decisions to be made. Within the team you can really feel the cauldron of emotions starting to mix together, the nerves, the excitement, the anticipation.
In a few weeks time the hilly, twisting, winding road of the past few years will begin to straighten out and the final fast paced stretch of highway running all the way to London town will lie before us.
For now we will take some time to enjoy and reflect on the performances of the past week. The positive memories and the feeling of winning will be an invaluable tool over the next four months as we reinforce to ourselves just what are capable of achieving.
Till then as athletes all we can do is continue with our daily routines of building the engine a little more each day......and wait for that final team to be named.