While I couldn’t compete with this evening’s excitement in London where Mo Farrah and Galen Rupp (fellow HydroWorx users) went 1-2 in the 10,000m final, with Rupp’s medal being the first in the event by an American since Billy Mills, the events in Lisle ranked a close second in the track and field world. I will have to compare my pool usage with theirs, as they seemed to be going a lot faster than I was, but for now I will continue to throw my hat into the ring with the training I have….
Today’s 800m went as well as could be expected. I went out conservatively, conceding the early pace to race-favorite Scott Weeks. Scott took off like a man-possessed and probably opened up a 20-30m lead in the first 500 meters. I stayed relaxed with a chase group of about 4 other guys, going through the 200m in around 29 and the quarter in 60. I stayed in the 5th position down the windy backstretch, then with some life still left in my legs moved out and ran a pretty strong closing 200. I closed the gigantic gap on Scott a little bit, but was never a threat to him – he finished in 1:58-something and I crossed the line in 1:59.4.
Big picture (silver vs gold aside) it was just what I wanted. I don’t think that it was an effort that will kill me tomorrow, but I still got a good race under my belt and finally got a check in the sub-2:00 box. Not a huge feather in my cap, but something that will let me sleep better knowing I got done. I got in a good cool down, stretch, ice, etc, and feel that I will be ready to go tomorrow morning when the 1500m goes off. Luckily we will not be facing the horrid heat that today’s races were run in (mid-90’s) – the huge line of thunderstorms that passed through this evening will keep tomorrow’s temps in the 70’s and low 80’s – perfect. After the 1500m will be the relay, but as much as I have been looking forward to it I’m taking it one race at a time.
Team HydroWorx! Sure I won’t be mentioned in the same breath as the heavy-hitters in London, but I know my ‘teammates’ are anxiously awaiting this update so they can go to bed knowing how things went on this side of the pond. Silver, just like Galen. Yeah right…