Monday, February 28, 2011

Dispatches from Down Under: Arrival

Matt Tegenkamp, Chris Solinsky, Tim Nelson and Andrew Bumbalough have journeyed to Australia for a fast, uber-competitive early season 5000m in Melbourne, Thursday March 3rd.  During this week, we will share some reports from them…

Matt Tegenkamp wrote the following about their arrival:

Surprisingly very little jet lag for such a long trip… the only problem I have is I can’t figure out which day it is!  Today we got the food situation figured out; for breakfast we found great blueberry pancakes (important for race day fueling), then we found the grocery store to stock up for the week.  The order of that whole process was important because you should never go to the grocery store on an empty stomach!

Today is also Nelly’s “Golden Birthday” [turning 27 on the 27th] which is sweet for him as he technically got TWO days of birthday… everyone here celebrated Melbourne time and then everyone back at home will be calling on their time… sweet! We’re capping the big day off with some chocolate cake!

Training is going well… amazing how much better 70 degrees makes the body feel.  The workout this afternoon was awesome for the fact that it was the first time in a long time that I had a track session with temps above 45 degrees!

Tomorrow is going to include a little exploring around town so I will be reporting back soon.  Very excited to be in Melbourne and looking forward to the race. First track race in a while!

Photo of Matt taken by Tim Nelson

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2 Responses to “Dispatches from Down Under: Arrival”

  1. [...] March 2: Tegenkamp, Solinsky and Lagat in Melbourne // David Rudisha Asks 'Why Change Things That Have Been Working?' // Kara Goucher Will Be Healthy When It Counts // USA Masters Championships Come to Albuquerque // Julia Lucas and the Orange Smile 03/01/2011 11:53 PM Tegenkamp, Solinsky, Lagat, Rudisha, and Willis Race in Melbourne They're not all in the same event. The Melbourne Track Classic in Australia on Thursday is the first truly world class outdoor track meet of 2011, and it has a 5000-meter race featuring sub-13:00 Americans Matt Tegenkamp, Chris Solinsky, and the very busy Bernard Lagat,  plus Tim Nelson, Aussie heroes Collis Birmingham, David McNeill, Ben St Lawrence, and Craig Mottram, and Kenya's Isaac Songok. David Rudisha of Kenya, the 2010 Male Track and Field Athlete of the Year, set an Australian all-comers’ record 800-meter record 1:43.15 in Melbourne in 2010 and will be back on Thursday, beginning a campaign he hopes will culminate with a World Championships gold medal in South Korea. Nick Symmonds has made the trip from Oregon to Australia to run against Rudisha.  (photo of Matt Tegenkamp by Victah Sailer) More and More [...]

  2. The Eagons says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TIM!! GOD BLESS EACH OF YOU….TIM, MATT, CHRIS, ANDREW!! GO FOR IT GUYS!! YOU CAN DO IT!!