Saturday, April 22, 2006

track meet

had a track meet today. Results were very bad. never got out well, start was horrible. If the start sucks, it's hard to get back in the race without over-tensing the muscles.

Damn it!!! Just proves that you can't fake being in shape for sprinting - you have to actually get out there and sprint.

This was a GREAT wake up call. I need to get off my butt and start training and use the god given talent that God has given me. Not gettting any younger so need to take advantage of my age and start cranking up the training. Failure can be a great motivator!!!!!!


Mark Reifkind said...

sorry to hear that franz. but in my experience it's impossible( unless one is freakishly gifted) to be really good, or even progressiing regulary, unless one is totally devoted to that goal.

casual training, especially cross trainng is great to be decent at a lot of things. but steady progression( or, as you get old and find out) going backwards more slowly is tough unless you specialize. even then its freaking tough.

I loved generalists when i competed though as what I lacked in talent I made up for in obsession and hard specialized work.

decide what you want to be best at, even if that's being decent all over and go for that. BUT dont expect great results when you compete at the spur of the moment.

dont mean to be harsh but these are harsh lesson in my experience.

take care and see you soon.


Franz Snideman said...

Couldn't agree with you more. I was talking to my brother Keats about his and how my expectation for sprinting are so unrealistic. When I was running my fast times 6-7 years ago, I was sprinting HARD and FAST 2 times per week with meets every weekend. How foolish of me to even expect to run a Mediocre time. Times have changed, my training emphasis has been different. This was a great learning experience and a great motivator. How can I get good at sprinting when I don't sprint, at least not with any consistency. Thanks for the input. You will notice my blog with more sprint workouts - my goal is to be Fast first, strong seconds.

thanks Rif!

Mark Reifkind said...

you cant get to where you want unless you know what it is you want eh? can't do everything at once but I think you are clear on that now. excellent.