Thursday, 18 March 2010


D: nfi
A: nfi

2 x 20 Deck squats
1 x 500 @ 43kg GS jump squats
1 x 25ES @ 35kg Sloshball step ups
1 x 400 @ 43kg GS jump squats
1 x 25ES @ 35kg Sloshball step ups
1 x 300 @ 43kg GS jump squats
1 x 25ES @ 35kg Sloshball step ups
6 x 40 Rope shenanigans
3 x 30 Rope shenanigans

I'm not 100% sure how many of the rope thingies we did, I'd already started to consider getting to DISC to watch Em Apolito represent Vic at the Junior Australian Track Titles.

Em has been training for the 500m TT (J15) and a year ago stated her goal as sub 40 seconds (she rode a 41.772 at last year's titles), a time good enough to take the win in 09. This year, no one before her went into the 39s, and as they were being raced 2up, it was her vs the fastest qualifier, a girl from Tas.

I suppose I've skipped a step in this story, why do I care about Em racing? Em's being trained by Carl and along with her dad, Dino, they've been racing the SSS. I've seen her train hard and show great character in racing, basically she's a nice kid and I wanted to support her efforts.

As Em was strapped into the starting gate, she looked nervous but focused, Carl on the other hand was looking very nervous and highly tense. I'll admit I was feeling a little bit of trepidation as well, but thankfully had been given the job of timing lap splits to take my off of it.

The race itself was a blur, with Em clocking in at 39.850, and Macey from Tas pipping her with a 39.139.

So, this kind of brings me to why I'm writing, the mixed emotions such a result could bring. Em well and truly achieved her goal of sub 40, though inherent in that goal was the desire to win the Aus titles. So, how would you feel about it?

Walking out of the venue I had an almost overwhelming feeling of pride for her effort, but I wondered, if that had been me, would I have been smiling as much as Em was as she rolled her cool down? Maybe, maybe not, still she's a tough kid and I hope she keeps at it, judging by her flying 200 time to qualify for the sprints I'll be racing (and being beaten by) her soon enough.

PMPW: 92kg

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