Saturday, November 18, 2017

Javelin - Attempt 3 (15.97m)

400m sprint.  Time was 1:05.41

My leg of the 4x100m relay.

100m sprint at today’s meet.  13.57 seconds.

AV Shield Round 5

Back at the local shield meet this weel.  I had entered the 100m, long jump, javelin and 400m.  In addition, there was a 4x100m relay on offer.

First up was the 100m.  Conditions were good, but had a slow start.  This time, a video was available, which I will be reviewing for more ideas to work on my starts.

I had some ankle issues while warming up for the  100m, and with important commitments next weekend, I decided to withdraw from the long jump, so my next event was the 4x100m relay.  Here, I ran somewhat better than in the 100m, receiving the baton with a good change, then passing it on with a very quick change, due to a large difference in speed between myself and the next runner.

The rest of the day got busy, with the javelin next, managing 2 throws of 15m or better, before heading off to the 400m.  The 400m was tough with a strong headwind in the back straight.  Managed a time of 1:05.21, in a tough run.

Returned to the javelin in time for me final throw, which was my best at 15.97m.  This was my third best throw ever, and the whole javelin event was my most consistent throwing to date.

Next week, the fire brigade season starts with our new team.

- Tony via Tumblr

Sunday, November 12, 2017

2017 State Relays

I’ve been a bit slack this past week.  Had a non AV shield meet last week, and put in some reasonable performances in difficult, windy conditions.  Results were:

200m - 27.71 (-3.9 wind)

100m - 13.66 (-1.4 wind) 

Triple jump - 7.69m

Discus - 14.91m

Now on to yesterday, when the Victorian Track Relay Championships were held in Melbourne.  My day was made somewhat easier, by the fact that there would be no heats in either the 4x400 or 4x100m, which meant I could take it easy and arrive around lunchtime in plenty of time for my runs.

First up was the 4x400m.  400 metres is always a challenging distance to run for me, and there was no comparison with the metro guys, many of who can run 400m in less time than _anyone_ in my area around the same age.  I ran the first leg and got around OK, before passing the baton on in 4th position.  We ended up finishing 5th (out of 5!), in a time of 4:33.14.

My second and final event was the 4x100m.  At this distance, I’m a lot more competitive.  I ran the second leg, along the back straight.  Started with a good baton change in 4th place, and managed to have us in third when I handed the baton to our third runner with another good change.  We finished 4th in a time of 51.89.

Overall, I enjoyed the day.  Back to normal AV Shield competition next week.

- Tony via Tumblr