Anna Shcherbakova: “I will not allow myself to miss the Russian Nationals”
Anna Shcherbakova, two-time Russian national champion, told how she was recovering from pneumonia and preparing for Russian Nationals.
Anna Shcherbakova: After the Russian Cup stage in Sochi I was preparing for the Grand Prix, I felt good, but as it turned out, the disease began in a latent form.
I was asymptomatic, while practicing, nothing really happened. Then I sharply felt worse. It was the first day, we immediately did a bunch of different examinations and analyzes. And it turned out that I had been ill for some time.
I had to withdraw from the competitions. But for me this withdrawal from Rostelecom Cup was not as significant at that moment, I knew that the Russian Nationals was ahead.
It seemed like a lot of time was ahead, but I understood that this was serious. Pneumonia does not heal in a week. And immediately we tried to build a plan for the Russian Nationals.
The peak of the disease has already passed, so I returned to trainings. Of course, now it is impossible to work in full force, as we usually prepare for competitions. I train separate elements without limitations, but we have not been doing whole run-throughs for a long time now – it can have a bad effect.
I do not do full run-through, but I hope that by the start I will get in shape and be ready to perform at full strength.
When I returned from serious injuries, there was no such rush to specific competitions, I recovered calmly. Here, I will not allow myself to miss the Russian Nationals.
It seems to me that I will come there in any condition and will show everything I can. Still it’s a selection for more important competitions. I just won’t forgive myself if I don’t even try to perform, qualify, but sit at home watching everyone compete.