Thursday, March 23, 2006

Going to Boston

Friday I fly from Dallas to Boston for a track meet. This is the indoor meet of the year for masters track athletes. It’s the USA Track & Field National Indoor Championships and I’m really looking forward to being there.
I will get to meet up with my Houston Elite teammates, compete against some and cheer for the others. The very best masters tracksters in the US will be there so the competition will be fierce and fast. I will be running in the 60, 200 and 400 meter races.
The races occur on a banked 200 meter track at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center.

Last week the World Indoor Championships were held in Linz, Austria. I didn’t go there, but my coach Bill Collins had a great meet. That’s a photo of Bill below. The pic was taken in Linz last week.

He’s the one doing a standing start. The pic is from the 60 meters final race. Despite the stand-up start, necessitated because of a strained abdominal muscle, he ran a new world record for men over 55 in this race. Earlier in the meet he also set a new world record in the 200 meters.

The workouts he gives me are brutal and it is the reason he is the best in the world; he does the same workouts. I'm sure I’ll never catch him since no one in the world can, but it’s always fun for me to hang out with, chase and be coached by a legend.

Collins story

Boston story

So...I’m going from sunny balmy Texas to cold snowy Boston and I will miss you all. Back Monday.

Have a wonderful weekend.


Stacy The Peanut Queen said...

VERY impressive!

Have a good time...and stay warm!!! :)

patti_cake said...

I'm impressed too Rick! Wow!
I hope you get to see a little bit of Boston. I HEART Boston .... almost moved there before I got married.

Reach said...

I would like to echo Stacy and Patti, by saying impressive and have a good time. My company would take me to Boston on several occasions. I do hope you have the opportunity to visit the city and it's history. This, too, is very impressive.

I look forward to your next post, where we can take this adventure through your eyes and hear your tales of a good time.


Jenn said...

WOW! A standing start and he still ran a record. WOW.

I hope you enjoy your running...and do as well as you want to do.

The weather in Boston will 'allow' you to appreciate your Texas climate more...for a bit, anyway.

What's with the photo? Lookin' good for an old guy. ;-)

mal said...

Great Story! I will be interested in the results