Getting ready for a new season
As the Indoor season training started in early November 2019, I had no idea that 2020 would unfold the way it has thus far!
With the World Masters Athletics Championships slated to be held in Toronto in July 2020, with 8,000+ athletes congregating, I had committed to change a few things in my training program and nutrition in the pursuit of a medal in the 400m event. I added powerlifting exercises, more gut-wrenching “split-400s/500s/600s”, weekly sled push-and-pull sessions, and more fast-feet drills and plyometric exercises. The goal was to improve my leg turnover and strength in a major way.
As the 2020 indoor season unfolded, I kept getting faster in training, which was quite encouraging.
I made my way to Toronto for the Ontario Masters Athletics Championship on March 8, ,where I hoped to run a new 200m Ontario record in my age group, M55.
First on the schedule was the 60m race. The fastest 55-59-year-old Ontarians were all there, which made it a very exciting race! I ran quite well in the Prelims, finishing 3rd with a time of 8.07 seconds. Just half an hour later, I was in the Finals, racing to second place in 8.00 seconds, right behind the second-fastest man in the world in that distance, Milton Hart (bib 894).
Interestingly, Milton is better known for having served in the military of his native Jamaica, where he thrived in the track and field sport of sprinting. It was this ability…