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Running track is my sporting passion, but 1 lap around (400m) is far enough for me.

Towards Season 2021/22

It has now been 4 months since the last athletics season finished in April. In May I started training with a group at Mingara to work on some technical issues and was really looking forward to the next season with a new age group of M50. Ah the dreams, By the end of June training groups had been stopped due to a COVID lock down and training by myself dropped off significantly after this. During August I made it for a total of 2 training sessions.

So a new month starts. September. Partly the buzz post Olympics, the weather getting warmer and some jealousy of my brother and nephew getting to compete over in WA, It is time to get my act together.

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Back at the Track a Little Early

I was planning a 3 week break after Australian Masters, but it was such a nice day and the body felt good, so I went down to the local track for a tempo session of 2 * 10 * 100m. The ones I timed were all around 16.2 – 17.1 seconds. The grass was in much better condition than a couple of months ago, so I even did the second set in bare feet.

It felt good so I will likely do another tempo session this Sunday and start the sprint work next week.

Australian Masters Championships 2019 in Melbourne

So after my first Stawell Gift experience it was a drive back to Melbourne and 4 days rest to get ready for Australian Masters T&F Championships at Lakeside Stadium in Melbourne. I needed some rest to recover from Stawell runs but more from the driving. My right hamstring did not enjoy the drives in and out of Stawell plus stop and start drive into Melbourne due to the traffic on the last day of their school holidays.

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Finally Made it to the Stawell Gift

So after many years of talk I finally made it to the Stawell Gift carnival in Western Victoria. The timing worked out with AMA champs in Melbourne the following weekend so it was now or never. The only downside was all accommodation in Stawell was booked out so we ended up staying too far away in a little town called Avoca with a 2hr daily return trip.

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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.

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 officials 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.

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