Not a great day in Atlanta at the Ga Assoc. meet. Didn't sleep well and felt a little sick from a sports drink that I drank before the early morning 400m race (that I later found out contained sucralose, terrible) . When warming up, I said to Roya, "Running is the last thing I feel like doing right now," as my left ankle was a bit sore. However, the weather was as cool as a mid June day could be in GA. Only mid 70ºs but unfortunately, very windy. I got lane 6 and Marcus was inside me in 5. I went out at my usual pace but Marcus passed me going into the final turn. I tried to stay with him, and I probably shouldn't have, I rigged up in the last 20-30m and lost a lot of time. He ran a 54 and I wasn't ready to run a 54. We were both chasing an M40 guy from the UK that ran 52. He beat me by 10m but I was moving so slowly at the end, it took me 2 seconds to run that last 10m. Finished in 56.70. I took a beating for my failed execution.
The 200m was similar. A little beat up from my 400, I got an ok start, not as good as last weekend, I ran a decent turn but lost time at the end. We had a -.09 headwind, but still... slowest 200m of my outdoor season 25.43.
Not sure what to do at this point, either business as usual or maybe a slight taper this week before next meet, and then ramp up afterwards to get ready for some hard training in preparation for Nationals.
Don't really think this was a failure in preparation... just not a good race. I feel I'm in decent shape and should be better by Nationals. I'll have plenty of competition with Jim, Corey and Tyrone ... all who have run 56.7 -56.9 recently.
This meet was a very well attended and competitive masters meet. I did win my age group in both events, but since I wasn't happy with my times, I didn't collect my medals.