The last few weeks were to be big on the track for myself but then I was out for an easy run in our neighbourhood with Shauna and things changed and plans were adjusted. Shauna out for a run and me on the bike after a hard track workout and around the corner comes a car doing stunts and excessive speed in a school zone.
As I gesture the driver to slow down and take stock in his actions he stops jumps out of his car and confronts me and pushes me to the ground while still on my bike. My hip and back take the brunt of the episode and racing plans for the weekend are canceled.
Just that quick. Peak fitness to unable to run in the blink of an eye.
The following weekend I was able to race again but the tightness in the back just did not like the top end speed so not much of a showing from a performance perspective. The decision then was to register for Nationals with current race times or post pone till next year.
In no way was I going to make the standard to get a pass on the qualification rounds but I did want a time upon registering that was in the wheel house, but in the end I decided to move ahead anyways and register with current times.
Being that I am registering for the 800m and 1500m I can take in the experience of competing at the National level but in no way can I impede other racers race plans. If I was registering in the 5000m that would be different as I would be lapped and could possibly interfere with someones race.
That said if I am able to be competitive and can maintain with the pack in my qualification round I will.
My goal, hit the rail at the back of the pack, hold and then make move, if presented, on the last lap of both events.
Interestedly if I do a percentage of the top runners in the 800m, 1500m and 5000m based on my current times I am the most competitive in the 800m, smacked ham comes to mind:-)
So for now we have two weeks to refine speed, speed endurance, rest, recover and toe the line ready to put it all out there.
Its almost time to show some speed, the big show is almost here and I need to put down some solid times at CalTaf on June 18th to 19th and Trials Tune Up June 24th to 25th in order to register for Nationals coming up here in Edmonton on July 7th to 10th.
Heres hoping all the event specific training comes together in time for the big show. The short intervals to increase my ability to run faster longer; the short tempo runs to increase my ability to sustain pace over specific distances; the dynamic leadups to increase my speed and running efficiency; the balance, foot and core work to to increase my ability to apply force and the recovery runs to aid my recovery.
One more training event this Sunday with an 800m to build speed and then we taper and focus on making this happen.
Its a long shot and Statler and Waldorf will sure to be watching from the left balcony critiquing how things unfold, but what is life without a few unrealistic goals!
Passionate runner and nordic skier who happens to own a run & ski shop!