Wednesday, April 25, 2007

100 meters

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


David Garrett said...

Congrats on your first 100. Sorry about your hammie. Get well.

As for the major lesson...kudos! That is a hard lesson that is not easy to keep in check.


Franz Snideman said...

Thanks David! It felt great to win the 100.

My hammie is healing nicely! Thanks again!

Pete Diaz, RKC said...

Congratulations Franz! Nicely done for being away from the game for 8 years. Hope the hammie heals quickly.