Back on Track!
I’ve always enjoyed and valued the UVM indoor track. It’s a tenth of a mile with a very slight bank, enough to allow for efficient cornering without causing excessive torque. If I pick unbusy times, I alternate direction. Some don’t like the distance – they want the standard 200 meters. But I prefer the more frequent feedback loops. However, due to COVID-19 the UVM indoor was track shut down on November 24th, the day students went home to finish the term remote. I did my last track workout that day. The athletic facilities were then closed until February 4th. Thus, what had been weekly ventures to maintain some fast twitch fiber function went on pause. So, heading up today for my track reservation, it was with some trepidation and uncertainty about what to expect. Could I still muster anything resembling speed after nearly 12 weeks? After two miles of warmup, I hit the marker, pushed the start button on my old-school Timex (Garmin GPS isn’t accurate indoors) and took off on the first 800. The first lap felt pretty good! Then the second, then the third. Finishing the fifth lap, I was somewhat surprised the pace was similar to the … Continue reading