I witnessed some awesome performances today. Steve Peters, M63 ran a hundredth off the M60 WR in an astonishing 24.11. He is quite an individual. An Olympic track coach, psychiatrist, and a dominant masters sprinter. He was watching our race finish and said he 'couldn't believe it' ... 'shoulders and knees and heads bobbing all over the place...' a study in bad running form. Steve is a high knee lift runner, as opposed to me - a low knee lift / high turnover runner. He said that's why I run so well indoors. Gerhard new to M60, who I narrowly beat in Lyon, also ran his fastest 200m in years, 24.63.
|With Steve Peters|
|With Bill Collins|
Tomorrow is the 400m prelims, followed by a day off. After no shows and not including scratches, there are 44 competitors, and there will likely be more scratches. There are 5 semifinal heats and I drew lane one for my prelim. It looks like my biggest competition will come from the Australian champion who has run 54+, Corey - who took second at nationals, and both the Gold and Silver Medalists from the 400m hurdles. The big news is that the Brazilian who won Silver in Lyon is a no-show. I'm feeling OK, except for a sore groin. I think I've gotten out of the funk that I was in and I'm ready to run a 400m tomorrow. I just wish it weren't from lane one ... with a sore foot and a sore groin. There likely isn't anyone who will run under 58 in my heat, but you never know. I'll try and run it hard, because with a day off afterward, it would be good for me.