The hardest thing about an off year, is the off year. This year there is no major championship for American track athletes and really the next major for us is in Beijing in about a year and half time.
We still have important things to accomplish because we will try to win a diamond league title so we can get automatic entry into the world championship. There is still the ability to try and get into the diamond leagues as to increase world ranking, and we still have the US Championships in our home state of California.
The goal is to be Eurocentric this summer. Meaning to be based in Europe because we need the ability to get around and compete through out Europe and with our roster we have, we have a tough time supplanting each other in regards to meets.
Our roster includes three combined jumpers who have jumped 8.29 lj and 17.70 tj, 8.10 lj and 16.99 tj, and 8.15 lj and 16.97 tj, a 16.89 tj, a 8.19 lj, a 8.22 lj, 7.25 lj, a new addition of a 6.97 ljer, a 13.89 tj and 6.60 lj, a 14.02 tj, and 14.16 tj; that is an amazing group but one that needs a European hub for the summer.
It's a fantastic problem to have but we need to get over 8.30 in the lj, more 17.40 tj, more 14.20 tj, and more 7 lj. We will quietly keep progressing and creating medalist, Olympians, world finalist, and national champions.
Meantime at the training center we will have some amazing athletes as world record holders, world champions, and international athletes train and live a=in Chula Vista this spring. Go to www.runnercard.com and come check out some meets in the spring, you may see your favorite field event athlete.
The 1 cm Dilemma
This year has been like any track season, it's had it's ups and downs.
Lets start with the downs.
Will Claye strained his hammy at nationals (luckily nothing to serious), Chris Benard missed the world team by 6 cm in the long jump and 1 cm in the triple. Ronnie Taylor strained his hammy, after missing time due to his groin. And finally Tyron Stewart missed the final at world's because I was being cute and thought 8m would make the final and had him pass his 2nd jump in prelims. He missed finals by 1 cm.
Now the goods.
Will has won medals at every championship and needs a well deserved rest. So sometimes God has plans that are unseen to us initially. Chris PB'd in both the long jump and triple jump this year by 46 and 49 cm respectively in each event. Troy Doris PR'd and established himself in the top ten after having to take a year off for knee injury. Tyron won his first US Championship and had the third furthest jump in the world indoors.
So now that we head to outdoors I know what we must due and things we must do to recover and not repeat those mistakes. So I feel blessed and honored to work with and amazing group of athletes. And sometimes we are at our lowest when we claim to the highest and achieve the greatest.
Head Coach and founder of Maximum Velocity Athletics.