My road to Rio

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04/09/2012 at 13:48

I just had to bump this, too funny to let it die. Sorry.

04/09/2012 at 15:28

I agree, this thread died out too fast. 

A month ago, I was too 'hyped up' with my progress, and I believed I would carry on improving at that pace, now a month later I realise it gets harder, I talked to a guy called David Kay who is my dads friend and also his former athletics coach. He gave me the same advice to join an athletics club, win some regional titles and we'll see how you go from there. I told him my targets of a sub 17:45 by new year and sub 16:30 in a years time, he told me this is very much achievable as long as I can avoid injury and I progressively keep improving my training.

Everything he mentioned is the same things you guys told me, sorry I didn't listen to you guys sooner.

He also said its impossible for me to make rio 2016, but its possible to make 2020 if I have enough natural talent and Im willing to dedicate, I definitely possess the latter, but the former is still up for debate.

But yes, im starting to realise the huge task that stands before me, if only we could travel through time so I can skip all the hard work that i'll have to do over the next 6-7 years, haha.  

WiB
04/09/2012 at 15:48

8 years if you are going for 2020.

WiB
J1M
17/09/2012 at 08:56
Mike, are you still around?

I know from your post above that 2016 is off for you now but still interested to see if your improving and how.
J1M
seren nos yn canu    pirate
17/09/2012 at 08:58

Mike.great post above...........we all get carried away with enthusiasm sometimes..........mature of you to come on and admit you were wrong...this ability to rethink your way forward will help you in the next 8 years.good luck

17/09/2012 at 12:19

Mike, sounds like you're 3/4 of the way there in your thinking now.

The coach seems to have a gentle realism, but massive encouragement side.

I'd still personally say sub 17.45 in 3 1/2months when you've had weeks and weeks in the 18.40-18.45 domain is way too sharp an ask. You've just set that 18.40 as a pb last week, to beat 17.45, you're looking to take 4secs off every week until the end of the year now. It'd be quite different if this was your starting point to take large time off, but that was when you were in the 22s

therefore, it's upto to you to prove us wrong.

sub 18:30 is your next goal. Take it in smaller bites, and savour the achievement along the way.

Edited: 17/09/2012 at 12:21
17/09/2012 at 15:38

Yeh im still around. 

Thanks seren, hopefully your right!

 I've hardly improved this last month, maybe because my training has remained the same, im yet to break 30mpw, but will do this week!

Thanks Stevie, and yeh im starting to think 17:45 is a little too optimistic a target for christmas, but we will see, joining a club this week.

Just a little question on the club thing actually, ive printed their application form off and filled it in but I don't know who to hand it to or where to post it, ive gone on to their 'contact' section of their website and tried emailing them(they dont provide a phone number or address), and have had no email back in 2 days. Do I just go to one of their training sessions, give them the form/money and im sorted? I know thats what I did when i joined a footy club. The club is Bolton United Harriers AC fyi. 

17/09/2012 at 16:28

Fair play to you Mike for having the nadgers to come back and update again. Nothing wrong with dreaming big - just keep your feet somewhere near the ground Good luck to you.

 

 

17/09/2012 at 16:46

Mike - just go along to the training session and introduce yourself.  Thats what i did

WiB
17/09/2012 at 18:52

Second what Dean says. Pop along to a session and hand it in.

WiB
17/09/2012 at 19:30

doesn't sound too friendly of them Mike, but I'm sure they'll be welcoming in the flesh.

Get down there, say you emailed, tell them you're "the" Mike Rushton from RW, and you're off and rocking

18/09/2012 at 10:03
mike rushton wrote (see)

Yeh im still around. 

Thanks seren, hopefully your right!

 I've hardly improved this last month, maybe because my training has remained the same, im yet to break 30mpw, but will do this week!

Thanks Stevie, and yeh im starting to think 17:45 is a little too optimistic a target for christmas, but we will see, joining a club this week.

Just a little question on the club thing actually, ive printed their application form off and filled it in but I don't know who to hand it to or where to post it, ive gone on to their 'contact' section of their website and tried emailing them(they dont provide a phone number or address), and have had no email back in 2 days. Do I just go to one of their training sessions, give them the form/money and im sorted? I know thats what I did when i joined a footy club. The club is Bolton United Harriers AC fyi. 

If you can get a telephone number, this usually works better than email. Just give the coach a ring so that he has the heads up that you want to come along.

WiB
21/09/2012 at 13:05

Any news on the club Mike?

WiB
21/09/2012 at 13:31

Nope, I planned to go along to there training session last night but was caught up in an 'emergency', so didn't do any running last night apart from the treadmill that morning. Guess I'll have to wait till Tuesday.

J1M
21/09/2012 at 13:42
You must have been knackered after that world record treadmill performance anyway. Probably best to leave it for another night.
J1M
21/09/2012 at 14:55
J1M that was probably a simple mistake with the treadmill, we all make mistakes occasionaly. Seriously though how is the training going anyway mike? Hope all is well.
J1M
21/09/2012 at 15:08
Andy, sorry, I'm only teasing, I don't even think Mike believed he had accomplished a world record as there were a few winky smiley type faces in his post.

I genuinely like to follow MR's progress, I especially like that fact that he has stuck with 5k (so far) and just works to improve at this distance, I wish I had that disciplin and singlemindedness instead of chopping and changing my targets and doing averagely at all of them.
J1M
21/09/2012 at 18:42
andy the deestrider. wrote (see)
J1M that was probably a simple mistake with the treadmill, we all make mistakes occasionaly. Seriously though how is the training going anyway mike? Hope all is well.

Its been slowly progressive, the run tomorrow and my run on Sunday will take me to 31mpw, 2 miles more than last week. 

Im actually doing something different in the parkrun tomorrow, instead of the 5k I will be doing 10k; I'll be doing the course twice. Somewhere around 39mins would be a good time I think. 

J1M wrote (see)
Andy, sorry, I'm only teasing, I don't even think Mike believed he had accomplished a world record as there were a few winky smiley type faces in his post.

I genuinely like to follow MR's progress, I especially like that fact that he has stuck with 5k (so far) and just works to improve at this distance, I wish I had that disciplin and singlemindedness instead of chopping and changing my targets and doing averagely at all of them.

Your right, I don't believe I did a world record either, just curious to post what the treadmill told me and see your reactions, they were hilarious! 

Thanks for following me, I want to try for the Great North Run next year, although I heard spaces are very limited? I wouldn't mind attempting the shorter distances to such as the 400m/800m/mile to see how they compare to my 5k time.

Edited: 21/09/2012 at 21:00
21/09/2012 at 22:29
Mike- to be honest if I were you i'd stay with the 5k for the time being. You have the opportunity to get good at one distance so you'd be better doing that I reckon. I dont really see you doing yourself justice if you did the GNR next year. surely you'd be better getting your 5k time down to your absolute best first. Maybe the 10k could help as a speed endurance session but the half, I'm not sure you're actually benefit basically. If you truly want to get to olympic A standard you really should focus on that rather than become a good all rounder.
J1M
22/09/2012 at 09:00
GNR and other longer races can easily be worked into your training at the righty time but stick to 5k for now and master it before you move on.
J1M
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