First things first. While staying on a technical camp in Czech Republic, taking part in a magnificent O-competition called Brada, having a really great time with a very precise map of the 2nd stage and approaching the 7th control, I twisted my right ankle. I was not able to jog and could hardly walk. It was the 18th August. At the very moment it happened, I knew it was something serious... As soon as possible I began my rehabilitation process (physiotherapy and so on). Thanks to it - after 10 days of break - I could start running on the 29th August (little more than 3 weeks before Polish Champs).
All these factors made me think if I should have run the Polish Championships in night and long. Immediately, I decided to skip the long distance. Going to Kwidzyn to run the mixed relay only might have sounded surreal, so I took the night challenge (after days of hesitation). Interesting - my last night forest race/training took place 96 days before PC.
How did it happen? I simply believed. Frankly speaking, I really believed, but did not expect it.
Before the start I didn't feel well, I got a headache at the end of our trip to Kwidzyn and suffered a bit. I was bound to start at 22:07 - only 4mins before Kowal. I am not going to hide that I intended to have a smooth beginning and then take the advantage of him. I went to the event centre to check the startlists and got to know that the minutes had changed in my class. Better late than never... It turned out that I was going to start more than half an hour earlier, so I did a proper warm-up and grabbed the map.
After quite a long jogging I came to the resultlist and saw Wojtek Dwojak leading, 3:10 ahead of me. Then, a little hope for the medal appeared in my head, knowing that his technical skills are awesome and 3 minutes is not much, taking into account the running time of more than 100'. Nevertheless, quite soon Alek Bernaciak came to the finish beating me by... 4 seconds. My medal dreams went away as fast as they appeared, since there were still 3 very strong runners in the forest: Jacek, Kowal and Mały. So - not willing to see someone putting me out of the podium - I went back to our bus to get dressed. Once I got off the bus, I saw Pasza going to me. I thought: 'Everything must be clear now'. He said: 'Congratulations, you've got the bronze medal. Their time to come is over'. I squatted down and couldn't believe it. However, then it didn't really matter, because I did believe before the race and it seemed to be
P.S. Girls, you are amazing! Thank you for the whole joy of that unforgettable night!