Sat, 12/30-Bruce and I carpooled from my house to The Armory, leaving for NYC at about 3:15 or so. We arrived at about 4:30 on this frigid, 19-degree day, in plenty of time to warm up, given how slow the 5:00 Sprint Night meet was going. After a few heats of the men's and women's 60H, we saw a lot of 60m dash action. (Go Ross!) We checked in for the 400. I was in heat 5, lane 4. Bruce and Ray were in heat 6, lanes 2 and 3, I believe.
I tried to stay warm, as the race didn't go off for quite some time. I thought it'd go off at 5:45 or 6:00; it was more like 6:30. My first 50 meters were okay, but then I backed off and found myself in fifth place (of six) at the break. I hit the 200 mark in 26.273 and finished up in 56.21, for a 29.934 second 200. Despite the pedestrian pace, I got fourth in my heat.
Am I getting older and slower, or do I just need to be patient as I roll out my game plan this season?
Fri, 12/29-Went to the Y with the wife to run a mile or so and then stretch.