Not this year though! I came down on the 13th with some of my Blues teammates so that we could get in some warm-weather training before our season opener.
So my goal for my first races at Mt. SAC and the Long Beach Invitational was to hit a specific split time at the 200m mark. I am still working on getting a feel for what that first 200m should feel like and have a workout this afternoon that should help me continue to get a feel for it.
As we Blues do, after our individual events, we ran a 4x400m relay and placed 5th with a time of 3:41.04. It was fun to run a relay again, and I ran my fastest split yet, so am happy about that.
The next day we competed at the Long Beach Invitational, and I ran another 400 (3rd one in 24 hrs!) I wasn't feeling especially on point during the warm up, but felt more calm before the race about running another 400. Even with two 400s under my belt from the day before, I felt stronger during the race than I had the day before. I almost duplicated my time, only .04 seconds slower, which I'm happy with considering it was day two of competing.
At Long Beach and Mt. SAC, I got to see a ton of friends from BC, which was awesome. I definitely miss my circle of friends from the years of competing in BC, so it's always nice to be at the same meet as some of them so that we can catch up.
We're back training at the US Olympic Training Centre (USOTC), which I always love training at. The facilities are awesome, with picturesque surroundings.
Next on the race schedule is the Triton Invitational at the University of California San Diego on Saturday, April 26th. I've raced at this meet a bunch in the past. Hopefully I can put together a stronger 400m this week and improve upon my time. I'll also be running a 200m as well, which should feel really short after all these 400s.
Then it's back to Toronto, just in time for my summer class to start up. Hopefully the weather keeps improving so the warm-weather training can continue!