The recent 2015 Taiwan Open Championships is the last preparatory competition before the 28th SEAG 2015. This is the final preliminaries to compose the best running form for competition. Every race is an opportunity to better our timings and to boost my race confidence. I came to this competition with one goal: to better my running form and to see what results I produce.
I am beginning to develop a more efficient running style with dorsiflexed (ankle up) ankles, slight forward lean of my torso (upperbody) and a parallel arm swing. These are the minute details that I have been working on in trainings. In competition, it is easy to be carried away with focusing too intently on the results that one forgets about the basics of the sprinting movement. What helped me to maintain a consistent timing in the heats through the finals was the focus on just one aspect for each race.
I begin by running through the race rhythm in my mind, and a metronome helps. A common song’s beat is set at 120BPM but I will turn up that notch to at least 300BPM using http://a.bestmetronome.com/ for my leg speed to match my arm swing. I have to conciously work this internal rhythm in my body to execute it in the race. The exhausting part is to keep the core stable as with increased speed, inertia increases and more energy is required to to maintain my form to combat the inertia.
I can identify with Laura Bush (Former First Lady Of The United States) when she said, “I am satisfied with the response, I am not satisfied with all the results” It comes down to managing my expectations. How will I respond to the running and rhythmic form depends largely on the execution phase and the final result (time in the 100m / relay sprint). What helps to maintain the response form? It is the identification of the positive and negative cues that will trigger the ups/downs of performance.
What are the “forms” in your life that have helped you to maintain a certain goal, hobby, expertise?