Hubba, hubba, hubba…
Took me a while to have the courage to face this writeup. But don’t worry, I’m good. No waterworks all over your nice new shirt.
At the beginning of the year, I didn’t give USA’s too much thought. Heck, I was unsure as to whether I would make the A standard as I planned to be focusing so much on speed work. However, I did know that if I made it, I should have a pretty good chance of doing well (at least better than I should based on my 1500m fitness).
As the year went on, and I realized not only was my speed improving, but also my strength, USAs started to look pretty tasty! I PR’d in the 800m 11 days out, ducking into the 1:49s and it would seem the lead-up was going beautifully… At least better than any other year.
Not much to note in the days leading up to the prelim other than that they switched up the heats 2 hours before the race. It wasn’t much more than an annoyance, and fortunately I had Jay there to talk it out. Therefore, allow me to fast-forward all the way to the beginning of my race. Bottom line is that there was very little to complain about.
My mind was right. The race plan was solid. I had a great opportunity in front of me!
Bang goes the gun and I take my usual time getting off the line, perfectly happy to steer clear of trouble and linger in the back. Continue reading »
It’s ironic really that after one of the most memorable races of my career, I’ve been absolutely, flat out buried in work and unable to celebrate or share the experience!
But finally, I’m once again tapping away on a red-eye flight to Boston. Ideally I’d be sleeping but I’m a little to amped at the thought of finally writing this. Also, waiting for me in Massachusetts is a bachelor party for the ages. 40 men blowing out for 48 hours in honor of one Bill Ference. It’s going to be LEGEN…
This will officially be my last post regarding the Dark Ages, colloquially known as the period from July 2011 to May 2012 AD. With a 3:39 1500m I am, as of now, BACK and as strong as I ever was in 2011! And boy does it feel good.
It’s funny that it should happen at Payton Jordan, because it was at Payton Jordan one year ago that my ambition first stirred after 3 months of (blissful) dormancy. I distinctly remember wheezing my way through a 3 mile warmup with my old friend and steepler, Donnie Cowart. I felt somewhat pathetic as I made my way back to the bleachers, while he went on to run a personal best 8:26 that night. I had been right there with him not one year before… As I watched heat after heat of the 1500m break 3:40, fist pumps abounding, I realized I still wanted that. Continue reading »
It has been a stupidly busy past month for me, resulting in a bout of radio silence. And while life isn’t slowing down too much, I’ve at least got a couple race reports for ya (albeit rapid-fire).
CU Jerry Quiller Classic
First up is an 800 at the early season CU Jerry Quiller Classic. I went into this race with the weight of a DNF at indoor nationals on my shoulders and responded by returning to my sit and kick tendencies.
Gun went off and I went straight to the back. I must say, I LOVE starting in lanes. Screw waterfalls. In lanes, no one clips your heels if your stride is too long, and you can eyeball the perfect spot for an entire turn. I came through feeling comfortable at altitude in 56.5 and turned it on with the whole field in front of me. By 150m to go, I had the lead and didn’t let off the gas all the way through the line. 1:52.2. Not too bad. Not a PR but it ended up being a negative split.
Finished up the day with a 4 mile tempo and a 52.0 4×400 split for team Cheetah Lightning (huge fan base. No big deal. I think that’s mostly because of our 6’5″ anchor leg, who’s only known in the racing world as Blackdog.)
3 weeks later I had another opportunity at the same event. Another altitude 800 (incidentally, I was told the common conversion rate for 800s is .7 seconds at a mile high), and another chance to race for the win. I let the race unfold the same way. 56.flat this time through 400 and then went wide on the back turn. This was the first race I felt a little pep in my step on the last 100 and the result was a new PR: 1:51.24 for the win! And if I hadn’t run so wide on that turn it would have been faster. Continue reading »
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This is my little space in which to play. I ramble about what it's like to...
· Run a 3:57 Mile | 3:39 1500m.
· Build sweet websites.
· Live in
Santa Cruz, CA
· be convicted of grammar crimes.
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