Last weekend I competed again in the 100 meters as well as the 200 meters at the UCSD Triton Invitational. The good news was that I won my heat in the 100 meters and substantially improved my time. Two weekends ago in Phoenix I ran a pedestrian 12.04 in the 100 meters. This meet I ran an 11.74. Although rather slow compared to my PR of 10.72 seconds in 1999, for not having seriously trained for 8 years I will take it. I can feel my speed coming back and feel I can return to the days of running 10.9 or 10.8 seconds.
The challenge came when I strained my left hamstring (semi-tendinosis) in the 200 meters. My start was great and I passed the first two guys in lane two and three. As soon as I hit the straight away I felt hamstring pull violently and I immediately stopped running. PAIN! The funny thing was that I wasn't even planning on doing the 200 meters but I felt so excited after the 100 meters I decided to enter the 200. They stuck me in lane 1. For those of you who have experience in track meets you all know how tight of a lane it is because it is the innermost lane on the track. My hamstrings and calves were already fatigued after a hour and half warm up and the 100 meters. I should have stopped there but my damn EGO got the best of me.
Major lesson learned: Start small and think baby steps. Take it one step at a time and don't try do things you are not prepared to do.
This week is a recovery week as I am icing and rehabing the muscle strain. Walking is difficult but getting better every day. Thank God I stopped as soon as I felt it because it could have been way worse.
Pistols (right leg only) 3 x 5 (research shows that if you train the well limb there is carry over to the injured limb)
See Saw Press 24's 5 sets x 5/5
Explosive Pull ups to sternum 5 sets x 5