Let’s go back to the beginning, not of time or my progress, but to where it all began when I started writing my blog. It has been a while since I wrote my last entry. On my way back after training, what came to my mind was: what legacy do I want to leave behind? I just posted on my social media on the note that ‘Legends are not born, they are made over time’. How do I want to tell my journey in sport, beyond images and videos? I thank God for the use of technology to have multiple avenues to portray my story.
It’s back to the start of the week. I had a good 1.5 days of rest from the last session. I have been having some pain in my right knee that is still lingering and it was diagnosed by the doctor as a patella instability. But it is getting stronger and better with the single leg exercises that I have been working on.
I had a good massage prior to training and the masseuse worked on the knee area located near the knee cap. Any sprinter or tracker can confirm that usually we would ask the masseuse to give a rub down of our major muscle groups (quadriceps, hamstring, gluteus). My masseuse, Uncle Peter, worked the minor muscle groups; he pressed really hard to release the hip flexor muscles which I often neglect. Using a trigger ball helps to release the tension built up through my many exertive liftings, but a massage is always the best way to do it.
(images taken from Wikipedia)
I have been training in the Sports Institute Gym due to the haze and it is a nice change of environment with fellow national athletes training in the grind. It was pretty crowded today with the national netball players, waterpolo team and rowers doing endurance analysis. As I perspire and sweat it out, so are the others. It adds on to the favourable environment of training towards excellence. Day in day out and with training being kind of a routine with a fixed time and location, I tend to lose some of the reasons for training as hard as I normally do. “Each training is as important as its last”, if that is what I have learnt all these years. Consistency is key.
Training was very tiring today. I remember closing my eyes while lying flat on my back and the next moment, I realized at least 15 minutes passed. It was a really good session. My coach knows how to psyche me up mentally: he gives me an exercise and towards the end when I am about to complete the whole training and shout HURRAY! He says in a positive tone, how about one more? In my mind, I am thinking, I have already done it well, ran hard but one more set? My motivation (partially ego) pushes me to go for another set. I like how the twist of expectations just change in an instant and more of such episodes will only develop and train my perseverance. This phase of training is very crucial; it is the time for a good conditioning phase and I am into 3 months of it. In the past, after 3 months, I would be required to start competing as the competition schedule lasts all year round.
This year, it is really good as it follows the schedule of the IAAF World Tour. I hope that i can continue to keep this fighting spirit for the next 3-4 months when I start competing, most probably for the 60m Indoor season, before running the 100m somewhere in April onwards. God willing, fingers crossed to run a new personal best and break the 15 year old National Record set by U.K Shyam (We call each other chakklat). He still runs very fast for his age – 11.41s. I hope to be that fit when I reach that age. Gonna head for the shower and to relax the night away. Catch you guys soon!