Yes, time to get to work. Tired of being fat. I snacked on bananas and nuts last night. I have to exercise 2x a day and eat less than 1000 calories. No more late night snacking. No more cafeteria. Going to bike today and gym tonight. It starts now. I pledge to lose 6+ lbs by the end of the month. When I put my tights on to run in June, I want to be back to 145. Maybe this will help the nearly debilitating swelling and numbness that has gotten worse with my left hand.
No longer a WR holder - France sets M55 4x200m WR
As I expected might happen, our 'official' 4x200m world record by the '16 Team USA was broken by France, their 1:39.40 bested our 1:40.22. However, our 1:37.88 that was nullified due to an officials mistake is still far ahead of the 'official' WR.
That 2016 season's Indoor Nationals in Albuquerque - where that relay debacle occurred - was an awesome meet for me with some fast times. I won the 400m in 55.22 and Bronze in the 200m in 24.65, just 0.01 behind Don and 0.21 behind Alan, both World Champions. That 24.65 was my fastest indoor and 4th fastest as a masters. If we had Alan on that relay team (who ran 24.44), our WR time would have been even faster, but we got Ben from the M60 age group to come down. To revisit that relay debacle and why that record was legit, read the blog post for the full story. In a nutshell, our record was nullified because the officials failed to mark the stagger for the first handoff zone, but that didn't affect us because we were in lane 2 and our hand off occurred exactly where it should have, there is video to prove it. The 2nd leg break was correctly marked. Quoting from the blog post which I showed with diagrams and photos why the first hand off was legal:
...The track wasn't marked properly for a 3 turn stagger and all the leadoff runners handed the first handoff at the same line - which was wrong. BUT... since we were in lane two, the stagger in our lane was only a few meters and the video PROVES that the handoff from Don to Jim occurred exactly in the center of the zone, even though it wasn't marked (until the next day). Here is the leadoff handoff from Don to Jim. It occurred in lane 2 about 2 meters at most beyond the finish line. As the diagram below shows, they nailed it ... the handoff was legal.
They should have shut the meet down for 45 min and just marked the track, but no! Our second attempt at the relay record, even though we got it by .22, wasn't nearly as good. We were tired, handoffs were lame, and we just didn't have the edge we had on day 2. We averaged 25.05 a leg compared with 24.47 the day before. Too bad, the first record might have stood for decades.