It doesn't look like I'll be ready to race at MTSU on Sat. The ham strain has left me a bit vulnerable, but it's not so bad that I can't workout at 80% on the track, but blasting a 55m race would be risky. I'm probably too heavy to run a decent 400m right now even though I'm in decent shape. I'd just hate to go out and do what I did last year at MTSU, go out too fast and die a horrible death in 58.
Too bad I am assigned to walk in the graduation ceremony on 12/13 at MTSU, an incredibly useless waste of time, or I could enter the Friday night meet, at UIndy on 12/12. The DII meet would be perfect for me. I really wanted to get a meet in this month but it's not going to happen. It's good to have competitions to work toward for motivation and to measure progress. We'll see where I am in a month. I was really hoping to have some fun running some short races. Maybe in Jan. As coach Page has said, not getting injured is a top priority.
I don't expect to do more than 4 meets in Jan and Feb., just 4 or 5 for the indoor season. I'd like to go to Birmingham at least once, and of course my hometown meets in Sewanee. Still a bit uncertain, that's why I've not posted an indoor schedule yet.
I've sometimes made the comparison between preparing for track meets and concerts. There are a lot of similarities but one obvious and glaring difference: with the requisite technical foundation and with the music memorized, I can 'cram' for a concert and get ready in a few short weeks. Not so in track. It has to be a long term and cumulative training process. Athletic training can't be 'crammed'.
Tentative indoor schedule:
2/1 - TSU Ed Temple Classic
2/14 - Sewanee
2/28 - Sewanee
I hope more meets in Birmingham will be posted soon,