Rarely do you ever go into a race, where everything goes according to plan.

It just doesn’t happen.

Never does any race go 100% perfect; you always have to be prepared for the unpredictable.

I have always found in my experience, the runners who can adapt to the conditions of the race, always tend to finish on one of the three podiums.

The 10km is my preferred race, and as a proud Queenslander I’m rapt that I will have many friends and family watching from the stands at Carrara Stadium.

The international field is fiercely competitive – world champion silver medallist Joshua Cheptegei is a red hot favourite, while his fellow countryman Jacob Kiplimo will also be one to watch having won Uganda’s first gold medal at the IAAF World Country last year.

As hard as it is to block out the field, at the end of the day it really is all about putting yourself in a focused state to compete at your very best.

I stay locked in before a race, and look to surround myself with some people that make me comfortable so I can relax and avoid thinking too much about the race.

After Rio 2016, I vowed to myself that the next time I put on the green and gold colours at the next major event, I would return as a stronger and more wise athlete.

Exclusive Insight Patrick Tieran

London was my first international meet, and it was the experience of a lifetime.

I wasn’t able to make it out of the heats, and that was a hurt that stayed with me for a long time following the olympics.

But in this sport, you’re always going to find yourself in a position where you need to pick yourself back up, and that is exactly what I did at the time.

Heading into the commonwealth games, I know what to expect this time around in the 10km, and fully respect the opposing runners.

I know I have to treat this race no different to any other – it is a world class field and there is no greater opportunity than matching it with the best in the sport.

I was recently asked the question, whether I mentally picture what it would be like to wear commonwealth gold around my neck in front of my home country.

The honest answer is though I don’t look to think about the outcome too often – it is the journey that gets me most excited.

In athletics, it is very easy to get anxious about your event, and change your preparation in an instant if you might be lagging behind in certain areas.

But I put a lot of that down to over-thinking the process, and deviating from a “game plan” that more often than not is developed over a length period of time with your coach and support staff.

So, keeping it simple will be my strategy heading into my preferred 10km race.

We’ll see how that goes!