Daily Archives: August 14, 2011

Adjustments 2.0 (14 August 2011)

I breezed through the Trust test (might have flunked it) so I left Makati a bit early, just in time to catch the last events of the PATAFA Weekly Relays in Ultra. It was good to see familiar faces like Coach Ed, the Obienas and the PPVC crew again. To save time, I planned on having a hardcore midday training session.

Thankfully, I misread the schedule board of the venue. I thought that the Rugby games would be held in two weeks’ time, as I fail to decipher message of the info board! It turned out that right after the PATAFA event, the entire stadium is exclusively reserved for the Rugby folks. I was able to sneak in some running drills and plyometric hurdle drills under the harsh sun. It was half past twelve when I finished, thirty minutes into the supposedly exclusive schedule. I’d have to thank the PRFU for allowing me to intrude!

By the time I finished, I was sunburned. I wasn’t overly exhausted from the heat, which is a good sign, considering that I almost always train at night. Such conditions are excellent preparation for future competition days that are less than ideal.

After a quick lunch, I headed straight home to rest. I went to the good ole Ateneo campus to do some uphill sprints. I capped the two-pronged training session with a bad-ass, lung-busting routine up the good ole uphill route of yore.

Track Beauty of the Week: Anna Chicherova Анна Владимировна Чичерова

Anna Chicherova Анна Владимировна Чичерова is this week’s track beauty!

Chicherova is amongst the very best of Russia’s impressive array of high jumpers. She first came into international prominence in 2003, when she first cleared 2.00m in Moscow, seven days shy of her twenty-first birthday. Two days after turning twenty-one, the talented Russian again sailed over 2.00m, in a strong gesture that the first instance wasn’t a fluke!

   

Photos from Sporting Heroes and Peoples.ru

The Russian missed out on a first-ever major international medal at the 2005 Helsinki World Championships, where she placed fourth. After a forgettable 2006 season, Chicherova has been on a steady climb to the top echelons of the discipline since winning double World Championship silver medals (Osaka and Berlin) and an Olympic bronze medal in Beijing.

Chicherova missed the 2010 season following the birth of her first child. She came back with a bang in 2011, despite juggling her commitments on the track and raising a newborn daughter.

Read: “Russia’s Anna Chicherova gives Chaunté Lowe a lesson to ponder”

At the Russian Championships this year, Chicherova sent a strong message to defending World Champion Blanka Vlasic as the former notched an impressive personal best of 2.07m (ninth in the all-time list). The Russian, with her remarkable post-maternal comeback is now the fourth-best high jumper of all-time.

With Vlasic seemingly in a slump (she has a 2011 season’s best of 2.00m, relatively low by her standards), Chicherova has a golden opportunity in Daegu to finally snag that elusive crown.

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