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Feeding Off (2 October 2010)
October 2, 2010Posted by on
The last three training days in Ultra have been quite refreshing, thanks mostly to the presence of the Ateneo Track Team. Even though I don’t actually train with the young guns, their youthful exuberance seems to rub off. Thanks to them, I overcame an initial, unfounded fear of hurdling quite easily.
I’ve always loved feeding off the energies of others. Call it showboating or whatever, but I seem to get a big jolt of strength when people watch me in action. Whenever the rare pretty girl works out in the Celebrity Club gym, I instantly feel energized! I guess when there’s an audience, there’s a positive build-up of pressure – of aiming to please oneself by performing at one’s best in front of others.
I trained over youth hurdles this afternoon. My starts lacked explosiveness at first, but as soon as I warmed up, I found my rhythm quickly. Gone was the sense of fear so evident during last week’s session – my first three-step workout in almost three years. I’ll three step over junior hurdles by next week!
During the customary post-hurdles sprint workout, one of the younger athletes noticed a major flaw in my arm action: my right arm (also my trail arm) was swinging to wide relative to the left. I never had major problems in my sprinting/running form until this! I’ve always been a diligent practitioner of running drills, but I seemed to have lost the enthusiasm to do those repetitive exercises the past few months. This laziness, compounded by my 2-year long hiatus, resulted into this MAJOR, MAJOR deviation in orthodox athletics!
I shall fix this (but then again, my track season is almost over!)
Again, it was one helluva great workout. I’m starting to regain the confidence I’ve lost. Nationals 2011 here I come!
Plyometric hurdle drills