Revitalised London Marathon legend David Weir can't wait to return to the streets of the capital
Life during a global pandemic has not been easy. We have all experienced challenges of lockdowns, isolation and trying to stay physically and mentally healthy. But within those common threads, everyone has had their own unique concerns, worries and fears.
You would imagine that for David Weir, a 42-year-old who has won everything there is to win in Paralympic sport, including a record eight London Marathons, the pandemic would have brought some very deep soul-searching.
Am I still motivated to compete? Do I want to carry on the gruelling training day-in, day-out? Can I still compete with the very best at my age? What is there left to prove?
All these questions would surely run through the minds of most people if they were in Weir’s position. But if the man who has raced in 21 straight London Marathons had any of these thoughts, they didn’t hang around for long.
Instead, like the champion he is, Weir has been hardened by the past 18 months. His competitive juices have been restored, his passion for racing revitalised and, incredibly, his physical performances have gone to another level.
“The past 18 months have been tough at times, particularly the last lockdown here in the UK,” Weir admitted. “We didn’t know what was going on then and it was the middle of winter, a time when usually I would use the London Marathon to motivate me through training sessions.
“But this year, I didn’t have that and there were times when I didn’t want to go in my garage and pound on the rollers for hours on end, or to go out when it was absolutely blowing a gale and minus-two degrees on the south coast, but I’ve got a good support group around me and who keep me motivated and right now I feel refreshed, my head doesn’t feel cloudy all the time and I feel like I can just get up and go and do whatever I want.”