After 5 months of ‘cold turkey’ Saturday marked the first race outing of the new year and the 2012 season! Similar to last year’s season opener I ran two rounds of the 60m Hurdles at the Loughborough Indoor Open, a low key meet that I usually kick off with to ‘blow away the cobwebs’ and focus on some technical points but in a race environment. The result was encouraging, a pair of wins and my fastest ever season opener: 7.93s in the heat and 7.87s in the final (7.84s being my current Personal Best time). The first race was a little tentative and the second quite sloppy, as is to be expected with the long lay-off, but it compares favourably with last year’s results: 8.04s and 8.03s. These race will form much of the blueprint over the next 3 weeks as we prepare for the UK Indoor Championships, highlighting the areas I need to sharpen up; and with much room to improve and the ring-rust still falling off, the next few meets look promising.
p.s. Happy Chinese New Year! – word is I’m a ‘dragon’ and this is my year, we shall see!
~ Julz ~