My string of 4 consecutive meets with progressively faster times - comes to an end.
55.77 - 400m
25.13 - 200m
Disappointing, yes... but it could have been worse. It was my 2nd fastest 200m and my 3rd fastest 400m, 2nd fastest this season.
UPDATE - Results: Overall - 27th of 34 in the 400m. 36th of 40 in the 200m.
Nice to beat a few people in my heats in this college meet. Makes be feel like I belong. I'm certainly the only sprinter here over 25.
Conditions: a fast sky-blue rubber track, strong winds gusting to 25 mph. 75º. The wind was blowing from the south diagonally across the track in such a way that when running into the final turn, or starting the 200m, it was directly into a headwind.
400m - Mentally not as aggressive as I should have been. Tried to float a bit and save more, but just didn't have it. Tried to conserve too much I think. From lane 6, there was only one guy in front of me at 200m, and by a lot... 10m+. What I heard his coach say to him at the 200m mark I thought it was pretty funny: "23.5 - you gotta maintain it.. they're comin' !" Well, at least I beat two guys in my heat, and several overall. It hurt, but not as much as my PR last week: 55.14
200m - Start was ok, but I felt a little fatigued before it started and didn't finish as strong as last week. Probably waiting around sooo long in the sun before my heat, 27 heats of 200s and I was in #26. I definitely beat one guy in my heat and it was very close between me and 2 others.
Inventory - No injuries, but achey in my left knee and hip.
My father suggested my slow times were due to me being a 'little fat' for this meet. I don't think that was it. Weighed 140.0 before I left, and by race time, after 2 toilet sessions, I was definitely at race weight. I weighed 138.8 when I returned home, about the same as last week. I think my lack of PR performance, especially in the 400, was because I was running a little gunshy and didn't have my mind right. Next time - attack!
It bums me out to not run any PRs, wonder if this is the beginning of the inevitable decline.
Vanderbilt Invitational is next weekend, last home college meet, and on a great track. Even better is the fact that the 200m is Friday evening, and the 400m on Saturday afternoon. I really hope to do better next week.