Back In Training

Well it has been 12 weeks since Masters Nationals in Perth, and since then the spikes have been gathering dust under the bed. With Sacramento World masters, now just over 1 year away its time to get back on the training track. Not 100% sure I will be able to make the trip across the Pacific, but if there is a chance, I want to be as prepared as possible.
So traffic fighting trips back to Sylvania and Team Dooley are back on.


Australian Masters Nationals 2010

The AMA championships are over for another year. This year was Perth, the weather was great, the track was fast and the meet ran smoothly.
Already this season, some fast 100m times had been run at the new WA Athletics Stadium, by Patrick Johnson 10.18 and Aaron Rouge-Serrett in 10.17. So I was looking forward to this. I have been told it is a form of Mondo, but the track only has a 3 year life span.
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WMG 2009 Wrap Up

Well the World Masters Games is over, and sadly for myself I finished with no medals. At least I made the 100m and 200m finals, but in both cases finished 4th. Lack of preparation told in both finals. But hey, others put in the work and got the result. Because of the event timetabling, most of the short sprinters (including myself) dropped out of the 400m. Maybe this was a mistake.

Organisation of the meet was a bit chaotic. Communication between officals and non English speakers caused trouble, and some groups of athletes seemed to have difficulty understanding the need to queue at check in.

My Results

Heat: 11.35 (+1.0) 2nd.
Final: 11.49 (+0.5) 4th.
Heat: 23.58 (+0.5) 3rd.
Final: 23.32 (NWI) 4th.
Heat: DNS.

YouTube has video of the 200m final. I am 2nd from the inside.

I am inspired to give it a real shot over the coming summer.


Accreditation done for WMG

I made the trip this morning to Sydney Olympic Park to pick up my accreditation for the World Masters Games. A reasonably quick process though by the time I left the lines had lengthened considerably, and I am told there was a significant waiting time yesterday evening.

So what is in the goody bag (back pack)? The expected guide to Sydney, a guide to the games and some of the social events planned around the WMG. Interesting the bag contained a tube of toothpaste. Where is the toothbrush??

There has been some minor adjustment to my competition schedule with the 100m heats now on 12:12 this Sunday. The check in times are interesting. For an scheduled event before midday, check in is the previous day, or Tuesday for Thursday events (Wednesday is a rest day). After midday then check in is 2 hours prior. A call room is operating and the time is 25 minutes prior for most track events.
Competition is a bit of an unknown, as of the almost 30 Australians listed for the 100m, I only recognise about 5 names, and there are half a dozen from overseas.

The weather in Sydney has not improved. Still very windy and cooler than expected this time of year. Expected to improve from Saturday according to forecasts.

Let’s see what happens on Sunday.


Getting ready for World Masters Games

Track & Field at the World Masters Games in Sydney starts in a few days. My first event is on Sunday with the 100m. The field sizes are quite reasonable with around 35 entered for the sprints in my age group (M35). This means that the 100, 200 & 400m are all scheduled for heats, semis and finals. Multiple rounds of the 100m is ok, but 3 400’s within 24 hours is not something I am looking forward to. Back in April I was fit and running really well, but work commitments and excessive traveling time to my training group, has meant I have done very little training since then.

Hopefully the weather improves from the rain we have had in the last few days.