National Senior Games, Albuquerque, 50 meters
8.49 (PR!!!) 14/23 in F55
I did my light warm up, then expected to get my hip number and do some more drills before the race. However, the hip number system was just crazy, and we ended up standing in line in the sun for 15 minutes. Then, I was the first lane in heat 1 so they were calling me up before I even had my spikes or hip number on. It was a bit chaotic. The last crazy thing was a false start in our heat. Another good reminder to be prepared for anything at a track race.
But I was fairly relaxed (once I got out on the track). 50m is so short! 6 women in my heat were using blocks; me and one other did not. I was still nervous, but the right kind of nervous. I had a good start, then there was the usual black out period for a few seconds (where I don't remember running, but strangely heard someone shouting "Go Mary!") then I remember lunging for the line.
The timing and announcing are top notch, so the results were flashed up on the big screen right away. I ran 8.49, which beats my previous PR of 8.82. Woo hoo!
Full results for F55 are here:http://finishedresults.trackscoreboard.com/#/resul...
You needed sub-8 to make the finals. Mary Taylor from Kansas City (who beats me in the KCCC race) just missed out on qualifying. She had a relatively bad run, for her. You can click on the globe for my warm up session (above) to see HR and speed.
The races were broadcast live on Facebook, so Mike got to see me race. I talked to him after the race and he told me that Keg Good was announced as running in the age class before me. Could she have recognized my OK top (which I wear in these races, why not?) and been the person cheering for me? A big thanks to her if it was!