Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Sommerstevne II (2012)


Race #25 2012 - 400m - 57.46 [PB]

57.46
finishing last has never been more satisfying


Summary
Throughout the summer several national athletics events take place at Bislett Stadium. It was here I tried running a 400m for the first time last year (check video and report here). During that event the seed for my 400m project (400MP) was planted. And today was the day where I achieved my goal, and that with a time that was far better than I ever dared to dream about. OK, I ran one round in Chamonix in 44.77 seconds (video proof), the only "problem" was that the track in Chamonix was 300m long. I've done 36 specific training session as part of this project (view all sessions here), next to some other running and strength training. I started the project in March, so it took about four months to finish.



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Bislett Stadium, where people are sweating and records are beaten.

Before I left home I listed to the "Usain Bolt - Faster Than Lightning remix"* a few times (my last.fm account).
*) Note: Usain Bolt is by far the most played artist on last.fm, however that is due to me forgetting that I put the song on loop before I left my place. In some hours the song had played around 170 times.

A heart rate on more than 100, when doing nothing, is to me NOT normal.

The last couple of years I've participated in more then 100 races, however I've never before been more nervous for a competition than I was before this one. I've felt sick for two days, been dizzy, slept for 9.5 hours the last nights (two hours more than normal), my tummy has been problematic and I've been unable to focus on anything but today's event. It's amazing how fixated I have been. Earlier today I realised that my heart rate, when resting, was more than 90 bpm in stead of a normal 40-something. Before the race, after I had warmed up, my heart rate was constant on about 130 bpm. I was stressed and the adrenaline was pumping way before I started. Luckily I managed to turn that into something positive.

Sommerstevne II - Bislett

Since I came 4:15 I had to wait for a while. No stress (eh).

I didn't need to read this list for knowing I was by far the slowest 400m runner at the stadium. I had done some research.

I didn't want to was to start too slow, so I gave more or less everything from the start. It went very well for about 200m. Then "things" happened to my body. After the last turn, around 300m, lactate was streaming out of my ears, fingers and toes. Unless you've tried running this distance on max speed yourself it's hard to understand what it feels like. It's not comfortable. Somewhere far in the distance I thought I could hear a woman's voice screaming my name. I started having problems seeing. Everything turned foggy. I think. I actually am having problems remembering much from the final seconds of running. I remember that running straight was hard and that I started to stagger. I was about to run into the track next to me, but luckily I stayed in my own lane. Meters before I finished I heard Mr LG screaming that I would manage sub 60. I kept going, as best I could. It felt as if I was close to walking. When I crossed the finish line I fell to the ground, once more.

Was I the first man at Bislett in surf shorts running sub 60? The best ever surf short / boardshorts I've had for running is the Rip Curl Mirage with 4-way stretch (and no, I'm not even sponsored, they ARE the best I've tried, and I've tried a few).

The 400MP has been a very challenging project, and now it is over. Well, I'm not done with running 400 meters though. The first thing I thought as I heard my time was "darn, I know I can run faster than this". Hence I will keep training and I have some ideas for some new 400m challenges as well. Next year a very interesting event is coming up, say no more. As the original 400MP has come to an end I will only make one more post related to this project, a summery of how much I've been running all in all, for future reference.

And while we're talking about clothes and stuff, thanks to a great person and a awesome designer (Neli), a great man making custom sport clothes (Petter) and the best ever email++ service VXG.com I wore this tee today. And actually, the VXG-tee is sponsored, it still is very nice!

Now, this might sound like I won the Olympics, but I would still like to thanks a couple people. Specially Mr Jean that numerous times has been at track forcing me to run faster. Then Mr V that has been awesome and motivating to exercise with. The Cliff aka. Mr L must not be forgotten either, thanks. There are heaps more people I could thank as well, but I'll leave it there, for now.

884, my lucky number.

When you arrive several hours before the event starts it's easy getting good seats, and getting more nervous.

I really appreciated that these guys came and cheered. Thank you!
In less than a minute it was all over. I felt relief, joy and had forgotten the pain. The shoes, the adidas adizero MD 2, were great as well (I'm not sponsored by adidas, I paid the shoes myself).

Solo, so high. A new PB = a Solo (nah, not either Solo / Ringnes are sponsoring).

Note to self: Today's warm up was a good one. I started 1.5 hours before my race. Used plenty of time, jogging, doing some drills. About 40 minutes before start I did one quite fast 200m, which I did in 30 seconds. Then I jogged for a few more minutes. When it was about 20 minutes left I did put on warm clothes and just chilled. Thanks to Mr L for tips on how he is warming up for track events.

Bye for now, new challenges are awaiting me!



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24 comments:

  1. Jeg bøyer meg i støvet! Gratulerer!

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    1. Tusen takk Tone. Dette var moro!

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  2. I'm wondering if you are the first person internationally to run a sub-60 in pretty sick board shorts. Nicely done.

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    1. Maybe ((: I reckon Rip Curl should start sponsoring me. They do need a team runner next to all those team riders.

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  3. Gratulerer Frode, Bra jobba! Vinne Mærraølen og komme sub 60 i løpet av noen få dager! Sterkt!

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    1. Takker Bengt. Sisteplassen her smakte faktisk vel så godt som ølet og førsteplassen under Mærraølen også.

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  4. Imponerende innsats! Grattis! :)

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  5. Gratulerer! Veldig bra jobba!

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    1. Tusen takk. Håper vi sees på sprinttrening med Mr Jean i august igjen. Men før den tid blir det nok en og annen SRM...

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  6. Wow! Grattis Frode!!!!

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    1. Takk Espen. Var litt mer rutinert i startblokka denne gangen, valgte lettere shorts og piggsko. Var nok endel tideler bare der, i forhold til forsøket vårt i 2011. Men mest av alt, 400m-treningsøktene har gitt penger i banken.

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  7. Gratulerer Frode! Flott pers!

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    1. Tusen takk Lars. Og takker for veldig mye bra drahjelp på banen i vår / sommer!

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  8. Replies
    1. Takk Mr Eiksund. Økten med Team Ingvill var et steg på veien hit.

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  9. Frode, du er en sprinter!

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  10. Wow; knallbra!! Gratulerer ;-)

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  11. Gratulerar Frode. Detta hade jag all tro på. Nästa mål? Har hört att stavhopp inte är så svårt.

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    1. Takker Claes!

      Stavhopp over 3 meter hadde vært et interessant mål. Jeg har også hørt rykter om at den øvelsen der ikke er teknisk i det hele tatt.

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  12. Bravo! Jeg tror lengde er tingen.

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    1. ... eller tresteg. Eller rett og slett en kastøvelse. Kast er det nok lettere å drive med i 2070 når jeg skal delta under VM for skikkelige veteraner.

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