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Last week I entered another sprint race held by the Carolina Godiva Track Club (this time the 100m vs. the 200m I ran last week). My goal was to break 15 seconds, and I did so, but barely, coming in at 14.8 seconds. However, just like my result with 200m, I am thrilled as it is more validation that my sub-60 second 400m goal (sometime mid-to-late next year) is actually possible.
One of the things I like most about the Carolina Godiva Track Club is the diverse nature of the group. There are men and women of all ages and abilities giving 100% effort each time they race. My inspiration from last week came from a wonderful 66 year old man, Bobbie Perry. Mr. Perry had recently competed in the USA Masters Track and Field Championships, taking a bronze medal in the 800m. Last week he ran the 100m in 14.3 seconds (WOW).
As you may recall, I have set a goal to run a sub-60 second 400m dash before the end of 2012. Ideally, I would focus most of my training on the track, but my workouts at CrossFit Local have made me painfully aware that I must improve my overall strength and conditioning before I can make the speed gains I need. Even though I knew this to be true, I wondered if concentrating exclusively on CrossFit was helping, and my curiosity got the best of me.
This past Wednesday evening, I went over to the UNC track to participate in weekly races held by the Carolina Godiva Track Club and entered the 200m dash. About two months ago I ran a previous personal best of 32.6 seconds, and while I didn’t feel like the race this week was great (I decelerated quickly near the end), I was able to improve my time by 2 full seconds to 30.57.
For the first time since I started planning/training for a sub-60 second 400m run, I REALLY believe that my chances to achieve my goal are BETTER than 50/50, provided that I continue to put in solid work.
As you can probably guess from the title and the picture, I had a little “incident” with Penny recently. Last week our family was awakened at midnight by a persistent pounding at the door. While we don’t live in the middle of nowhere, we do live at the end of a LONG street with only a handful of neighbors; therefore it was quite unusual for someone to be 1) POUNDING ON our door and 2) to be doing so at such a late hour. Needless to say, we were extremely concerned about who might be at our door.
Turns out it was a member of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Our cow Penny, for reasons only known to her, decided that it would be a good evening to push through her fence and go for a stroll. When I say a stroll, I really mean a 1 mile romp down our road, all the way to a reasonably well traveled 45 MPH road. Why that far? I have no idea.
At 12:30am, I drove my truck to the end of our road, parked, and walked an additional ¼ mile to find Penny being tended to by the Sheriff and Animal Control. After thanking them and apologizing, I lead Penny the entire mile back to the house. We were extremely fortunate that she wasn’t hurt and didn’t cause any damage.
So I ask, do you think you want to own a cow?