Sunday, 27 January 2013

Competitive edge

The competitions have started now and they're going to be coming thick and fast for the next two months. This past week I've competed at the Newham Indoor event and the London Indoor Games at Lee Valley. Both of these events have taught me a lot, and it's been a real eye opener to see the way in which so many athletes dedicate themselves and prepare for events. Having never competed at 60m before, it's a steep learning curve that I'm currently on, and there is plenty to take away from very aspect of the meet. As I've alluded to in previous posts, my start is the area of my race that needs the most work, and this has been brought to bear in both events so far. I've managed to make a steady improvement over the course of the two meets (0.03s reduction in my 60m time) which is pleasing, as the entire race is decided on such fine margins. I've got 5 more events around London and one in Birmingham over the next 7 weeks, so balancing my training with this is going to be essential. One thing I've noticed in particular is the condition the best guys are in. Despite losing a good bit of weight and toning up quite considerably, I still look and feel like a pudding next to the best sprinters. As such, I'm going to focus on stripping away the remaining fat so that I can be in the best possible shape for the 24th March when I compete in Birmingham. There is still a lot for me to learn in terms of technique, preparation, diet: basically every aspect of being a top athlete. Luckily, I'm hungry to learn and hopefully this appetite for improvement will stand me in good stead over the coming weeks and months.

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