Last weekend I ran and jumped in the USATF Masters Outdoor National meet held at Eastern Washington University. This is my second USATF Outdoor National event and I enjoyed the meet and had a lot of fun meeting people and doing some competing with the best in the world. I was in the High Jump (4th), 100 and 200 (4th in each) 400 (5th) and 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relays--both were Gold medals. Just like every meet the goal is to make the finals, score some points and do not get hurt too badly. I made all the finals, scored 15 points for the team and also finished up with just a minor complaint from my right foot and both Achilles. With all those bases covered it had to be scored a success. I am still seeking the elusive individual medal, but I had a shot in the 400 and I think I screwed up in the final straight. But, it was fun, and Linda got to visit a part of the world she has never experienced.
|This is a Lane1--Dave Albo picture.|
Right out of the box on Thursday is the 400 prelim and we had 12 in the race and needed to eliminate 4 to get down to 8 for the finals the next morning. I ran a 65.74 lap to finish 4th in my heat and transfer the final. I really just cruised the last 200 meters, you cannot win anything in the semi's and I knew I had enough people behind me to make the show tomorrow. In the finals, I was in lane one and had a stalking runner on my outside that beat me last time in Baton Rouge with a late surge. I wanted to prevent that late pass this trip and was trying to figure our how best to not make that happen with 150 meters into the race. I should of just ran my race and not even worried about how to beat him, but I was in race mode and that is what you do. I came around the final corner in medal contention and I think I screwed myself out of a medal with my finish. I accelerated as hard as I could with 90 meters to go and was in third, but with 40 meters to go I was used up and finished 5 th -- I was out of juice. In hind sight, I think I should have skipped the blast of speed and finished with my normal strong strides. I did not and it cost me. But it was a 62.96 which was this years fastest lap and I will take it. The hardest race was complete.
|100 m finals, lane 1|
Day three was the easy day. 100 finals and 200 prelims were it. Plenty of time between races to rest and tell stories. I ran 4th in the 100 as another team points event. I typically do not run the 100, but the coach likes to fill the field with our team. My track team -SoCal-- dominated the team event and doubled the second place team point total. We had a lot of runners, walkers, jumpers and throwers and some really good ones at that. This team travels well and about a dozen are going to the International meet in Spain this summer. This was the 17th time SoCal has taken the team title.
|4 x 100 Gold medal Team|
|4 x 400 2/3 leg|
Linda and I did some sight seeing in Spokane and enjoyed the river and falls right in the middle of town. We also spent three days in the Boulder area on the way home. She had never had an opportunity to get into the mountains and we did some serious exploring of the mountains just West of Denver. We took a drive to Estes Park and just South of town two of the nicest bull elk were just grazing away on each side of the road. Not a care in the world. They are huge animals.
That was quite a show!
I came through the race with just some Achilles soreness and our team massage therapist suggested getting some heal on my spikes. I use Asics Sonic Sprint which has no heal and the Achilles is always stretched out. I run on my toes, but I will get some different spikes and see if I can control the Achilles pain a little better. This is part of the calf issue--I need to get this fixed. My right foot gets sore after several races and that is an injury from high school that never did heal properly. Nothing can be done for that problem.
Looking forward to the next big race-- that will be indoors in January and March. With those dates on the calendar, I will have to make sure I control my weight better this year. I raced this event at 194.5 pounds and I cannot get up to 203 like I did last winter... too hard to get it back off.