||[Dec. 12th, 2004|02:01 pm]
Well, today was my first race of the season... I was at Suffolk West. My team arrived somewhat late, so we barely got to do a warmup when theyt began calling events... including the 1500m run. So I had to go do the 1500, not properly stretched and warmed up. That race went out at a really fast pace, which I did not realize, this being my first time running the 1500- until I ended up falling back by lap 4 or 5 out of the 7.5 laps. My muscles ended up really sore, and I ended up with that dreaded pick-ax feeling in my chest.
An hour later was the walk.. which I DID get to warm up for somewhat, after recovering from the 1500 and replenishing my body's waer supply, and then warning my teammate about the official "calling the 3000" (the event before the walk today). I was feeling rather optimistic, even though I knew my form was rather rusty. I was somewhat relaxed. I chatted with the others on the line as usual, not thinking to look for my teammate a few places back.
Until the actual race, when we were lined up and pooised for the gun to be blown. I looked along my line to wish her good luck. My teammate wasn't there. I looked to the California line. No other Riverhead walker to be seen. Crap.
And just as I was making that realization.. the gun was blown. I blinked,c then started.. a delay of one, maybe two seconds? Anyway, it was enough to find myself boxed by the newer walkers with times in the upper 8s... I broke free when they faltered and fell back within 25 meters and began passing, but damage enough was done. I found myself third, with my form completely thrown off by the box and the fact that IU wasn't paying full attention to the official. Two others were ahead of me. I was stiff as hell- keeping legal (even lifting wasn't happening too bad- I only found myself airborne once and quickly adjusted). The two ahead were moving gracefully and with fluidity, whereas I felt like a board. I therefore had to rely on speed alone. I eventually made it to second, a couple of laps later, and closed the gap between first-place gfirl and myself... but it was no good. I was too rigid to allow myself to speed upb more and pass her... so I canme in second. At 8:26. Definitely not up to my 8:0something standards. I'd say first place girl got 8:10. I could've beat her... I should've. But I screwed up. I couldn't break the stiffness.
My poor teammate missed the race and got reamed out by coach =o(