Sophomore year (my final track season), West Chester State College’s track team drove two hours to New Jersey for the Princeton University Indoor relays. In the crowded, sweat-filled team van, slowed by Princeton’s spring break traffic, it happened.
Caught the first glimpse of ultimate Frisbee. The Ivy-League school boys made it look so cool. What a chick-magnet, to be able to do that.
None of the dorm buddies ran track, so upon returning to Ramsey Hall, it was my moral responsibility to teach those sun-worshipping, beer-loving disciples.
Guido Muller, Jack (Bear), jeff noel…minutes after Guido set a new Masters Track World Record in 2009…
Last week, Michael Sullivan of Gilbert, Arizona set an Indoor American and World Record in the M50-54 400m in 52.44 at the Masters Indoor Track & Field Indoor National Championships, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Had I been there, no doubt, I would have captured Michael’s world record, the same way jeff noel captured this one in 2009.
Lane 8, “What’s next”?
Face to face questions, as well as emails, ask the same thing, “Are you preparing for any upcoming meets”?
Yes, and no.
YES, there are two big meets in 2010. The WMA Masters Track & Field Indoor World Championships in early March, in Kamloops, British Columbia. And there’s the USA Masters Track & Field National Championships, in July, in Sacramento, California.
NO, the left heel pain precludes me from anything remotely intense enough to be considered world class training.
This may be a good thing. If you don’t know, it was never the intent to become a world class Master’s athlete. But after several years of running and making common sense, common practice, I wanted to see if it could actually be done.
Tomorrow I’ll describe the level of fitness that I didn’t even know I had achieved. And what it feels like to see it slip away and the thought process on how, and if, I should deal with that.