Returning home from Nationals and having the outdoor track season wind up, a moment to reflect.
The trip to Montreal itself was a treat, time with Shauna, taking in the Just for Laughs comedy festival and being a part of the National Championship environment was something very special.
I took part in the Open Men's 800m and the Master Men's Exhibition 800m events. I posted a time of 2:30 in the open event and 2:25 in the masters event. Great races. It was certainly the best I could do on the day and have no disappointment.
What I do feel is, I can do better. I feel I am missing something, doing something incorrectly. Not incorrect in terms of training methodology as many training systems work but incorrect in terms of what is best for me.
My mix of strength, endurance and intervals and the many aspects of what goes into my training I feel needs adjusting.
For many years I have had a feeling of what I needed upon completion of a training cycle, made notes compared with other training models and have invariably gone a different direction, not trusting my gut feelings.
The training journey is the part that I enjoy the most, taking a path and seeing where it leads. With this training cycle leading up to the X-Country and Nordic seasons the goal will be to implement my own ideas and see what they bring.
’m not an idiot often but when I am I miss my race. The Foote Field 800m was on tap a few weeks back. I left shop early to go home and relax and start pre race routine. Arriving home I started to get ready and literally said, “I better put my Garmin on so I know exactly what time it is”. Unfortunately I did a workout in Vancouver the day before, so I arrived at Foote exactly the moment my event started, exactly one hour late as my Garmin did not reset to current time zone. Like I said idiot!
Athletics Canada is staging an 800m exhibition masters race (age 35+) at the 2019 Canadian Track & Field Championships in Montreal in late July and I had posted a time of 2:25 earlier this year but had hoped to lower that time at the Foote Field Open to guarantee a spot. With GarminGate and missing the event I sent an email thanking the organizers for the opportunity and wished them a successful event, in that I didn't think my time of 2:25 would earn me a spot on the start line.
That same evening I received the following reply, "that’s okay, Jack. Your seed time is among the 12 fastest who’ve applied for this event, so I anticipate there likely being a spot for you in the race. I should have more information for you next week". In the days to come I in fact received an invitation to register and am now heading to Montreal later this month for the Master 800m invitational. I may have also registered in the Open 800m qualifying round, as well, I am there anyways and well I like a good challenge.
On the workout side I have been doing a combination of short speed, hard tempo and core strength developing rotational strength, balancing lower back and abdominal strength and improving coordination. You cannot be at your strongest without training the rotational muscles of the trunk!
The hard tempo was the Edmonton 10k which was a great day on the roads. And by hard tempo, I mean the hardest I could go for 10km up to that awkward moment when you are wearing 4%'s and you realize you can't run 4% faster and fade at the 6km mark, 37:09 for 10K and atop the Master 50-54 category and fourth Master 40+ overall.
The speed sessions have been 40m to 100m sprints with limited rest at top speed, one of the latest was 10 x 110m in 17 seconds for each of the ten repeats on the track and some 30 x 30 second with 30 second recovery workouts on the road. In combination with the short speed sessions I have also been doing plyometrics keeping loads light with quick movement so that the exercises carry over to the 800m distance and then on to Nordic sprint racing down the road in the winter.
On the technique side my main focus has been the heel to hamstring action and foot placement.
Two weeks until the big race, allot of work to be done...
Passionate runner and nordic skier who happens to own a run & ski shop!