KC Corporate Challenge 100 meters
I tried a couple of different things tonight, starting with check in. They ask you for a seeding time. Usually they take last year's result. But I told the clerk that I was trying for a faster time tonight, so put me down for 16.5. She laughed, said she liked my attitude and encouraged me to go for it.
Another scorching day (33C) but at least there was slight breeze. In past years, I would do a long warm up jog, then two nearly full sprints. But in my training this season, I discovered that I now do better with less warm up (time and intensity). So I took it easier tonight.
I was nervous at the line, as usual. But I said to myself: tonight's the night. (I wanted a medal. I've been 4th a few times.)
I had a good start, then I don't remember much until ~70 meters. It was the strangest feeling: I noticed that my knees were not coming up as high as usual and they felt like they were moving through water. Very distinct sensation and very weird thoughts. However, I was holding my form well (which has been a problem recently) and I did not feel wiped out at the end. Good progress!
Of course, the other Mary was way ahead of me, but I finished second in my heat. There were some fast woman in prior heats, so I wasn't sure if I had gotten a medal or not. I also felt my time would be slow, based on how my legs felt. I texted Mike that I had good form but was slow.
It takes about 15 minutes to see the results. I was shocked and thrilled when I saw that I had indeed finished second in 16.65. This is only the second time I have broken 17 seconds! Woo hoo! I was very happy! It was also nice to get a sliver medal, and hear my name called out in the stadium.
Edit: I have a bad memory. This was the 4th time I was under 17 seconds, Last time was in 2017. I was beginning to think I was too old to break 17 again.