Last weekend I competed in the USATF Masters Decathlon Championship. I scored “okay” and was able to take the M40 title, but I failed to reach the score I was gunning for. My goal going into the competition was to break into the top 10 all-time m40 decathletes (World, not US). Kip Janvrin, one of the best decathletes of all time, owns the M40 World Record by a country mile, so there was no chance of getting close to that. Compared to the extremely thinly competed Indoor Heptathlon in which I set the American Record back in Feb, Outdoor Decathlons are common, so the number of high quality athletes who have competed in them is high.
Anyway, my quest for Top 10 failed miserably. I was barely able to break into the top 25…and in retrospect, it’s pretty obvious why.
Don’t get me wrong, it was still a great weekend of bonding with a bunch of old guys who are as crazy as I am to still be doing this. 🙂
Competition is not Practice
I have lots of excuses I can pull from: Weather (90 degrees with 90% humidity), jet lag, sleeping in hotels, road trip food, headwind, 45min delays right before the 100m and 110H…but those are all standard things an athlete and coach must deal with. And, honestly, I think I planned and dealt with all those things pretty well. The real reason I scored below my expectations was a poor training plan (I’m not willing to say my expectations were too high, yet). And I should have expected it really, but I was lulled into thinking I was “okay” because of my practice results. Continue reading