I learned a valuable lesson in neurological fatigue today.
“I focus on every stride… I could write you a novel of things you have to think about.”
That’s what my strength coach and friend, Shannon told me last week. It came true tonight in practice. And I forgot a sentence of that novel for just a fraction of a second going through the apex of my first corner of my 800m sprints. It cost me a battered ego, banged up knee and some sweet bruising on my forearms. Also, a wealth of “what-not-to-do” experience … I thought I should implement that right away. I picked myself up, put the crash boards back into place, double checked to make sure I was fine and then ripped a PB on the next go round.
Lesson. Stay focused on what you’re doing. Don’t worry about the back stretch… Get low in the corner, drive hard, get that slingshot and then hammer out your tempo in the back. Keep low, push into each stride. Use your full lane and then get ready for that hard down time again. Rinse. Repeat.