Well when it comes to bigger meets, I always want to be at my best. My only focus is winning, and I do my best to yield from distractions. Mental toughness is major in track so I take alone time and reflect on the task at hand.
This week, I’ve worked on every part of my race. I’ve basically broke it down – improved my block start and done some strength and technique work to improve the last 40 meters of my race.
A win at New Balance Nationals Outdoor would be great. It’d be another national title this year, which I could use, but the real plan is to go to there and run a wind-legal time of 10.21 seconds or better so I can qualify for the U.S. Trials in Des Moines, Iowa, where I’d have the chance to run against pro and college athletes.
This weekend, I’m lining up against Kendal Williams and Trayvon Bromell. This year Kendall has run 10.18 seconds wind-aided and recently Trayvon ran 9.99 seconds wind-aided and with the help of high altitude. Both are great athletes whom I raced against in New York City at the Dream 100. If I do everything I need to do, I can win this race.
I’m most looking forward to good weather. I’ve run in pretty bad weather all year and a nice, warm day with clear skies would do me justice – I perform my best in warmer weather.
On race day, you’ll see me in adidas gear from head to toe. I’m going to wear adidas while I can because I’ll be wearing Nike when I go to college since the University of Houston is Nike-sponsored.