Monday, September 18, 2006

The Damage After the Storm

Dave McGovern's racewalking clinic was awsome, but I'm hurting on Monday!

First of all, how did I do after the clinic?

18 Sep 2006, 6:29 AM
Distance: 3.06 mi
Time: 43:37
Pace: 14:14 min/mi

Well, that's terrible. What happened was that I did a warm up for the first couple of miles and added a little speed on the last mile. One big problem was that the iPod/Nike computer was way off compared to my usual mileage markers. How far off? By the end of the workout I had to go an extra 300+ meters to complete the 3 miles. I was so startled that I forgot to mark my splits on the Timex. I did mark where the end should have been and came up with 40:14. Still not great, but that averages out to about 13.5 min/mi--and that's with a couple of very--very easy warm up miles.So--what happened? The only explaination I can come up with is that I am going much further with every step. I'm using my feet more and the iPod/Nike calibration is no longer valid for my "new" stride.

Briefly, the racewalking clinic was very humbling. There were some very good racewalkers there from the "Walk This Way" group in San Diego. One of the most inspiring participants was a 72 year old woman who could beat most of the other walkers. Watching myself on tape was also very humbling--does my form really look that bad? By the end of Sunday I was doing much better and Dave signed my book, "Most Improved Award." He also added "Stretch and you'll fly!" I'm really tight and inflexible. In the gym portion of the clinic I was given lots strength and flexibility exercises to perform. The trick is finding the time do do them all.

I'll post more details later but right now things are going crazy at work so my blogging time is limited.

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