Another Weekend, Another Competition

And what a difference this time. It was blazing hot. Which plays to my strengths. Cos you know I’m a Malteser…

This was the Surrey Master Championships so I knew I stood a good chance of getting some medals. The questions would be what and how…

I’d entered 3 events. First up is the long jump, my favourite. After the shambles last time I needed to get a good measure. The wind was playing funny bugger but I managed a respectable 4.44m. 1 cm better than my previous best. My training partner Susie helpfully reminded me how crazy we are to do all this work, and turn down all that cake, for 1 cm… 😂 😂 😂 My last jump was brilliant (if i say so myself) but it was a no jump. However it gives me confidence that there is more I can do, more in the tank as it were… So….
Onwards.
Next up was the 100m. It was a bit too close to the LJ for my liking but ho hum. 14.5 was the time, which was good enough for second (Gold went to Susie my training partner from ^^^) Not happy with time but it is what it is…
And after a bit of a break came the triple jump. Now this was a bit of a gamble… I’ve always been saying I want to do TJ but have never got round to it. Not trained enough, not strong enough. So today I bribed myself with the promise of new spike shoes if only I get the competition done. And actually it was really fun and pretty successful. My main worry was controlling my (awesome) speed so that I wouldn’t collapse on the hop. So I took a really short and easy run up. It worked. I got 8.40 something which is pretty good for a first go and gives me the motivation to to build on this. Oh and another gold.
So, what’s next.
  1. Order new spike shoes! DONE…
  2. Change the focus! Today has reminded me of something I knew 20 years ago. I’m a better jumper than I am a sprinter.. But if I look at my training it’s is skewed 75% towards running and 25% towards jumping. Sure you need speed but actually all I need is max speed for 3 strides. Rather than the 100s and 150s that I’ve been doing. And I need more technical focus. I almost need to wave goodbye to the 100m, though I’m not sure I ready for that quite yet! Will dwell on this a bit more…
  3. Get going again. I’ve got a solid six week PHI (Pre-Holiday-Intensive) coming up. I really need to focus on getting every single session in the bag!
But first, Prosecco, Pasta, Ice Cream and an early night.
Thank you for reading.
Chris