Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Stanford Week: Teg Talks 10k

Matt Tegenkamp is set to make his debut at 10,000m this Sunday in the Kim McDonald Memorial 10,000m at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational. As the third American to ever break 13-minutes for 5000m, there is great excitement for his potential at the distance… only magnified by what must have seemed to running fans to be an almost interminable delay for this much-anticipated debut. Tegenkamp answered a few questions in preparation for Sunday.

Can you talk a little bit about the road that’s gotten you to this point where you and Jerry both feel you’re ready to race a longer distance? Was it a health thing? Getting to a certain volume? Accomplishing certain things at shorter distances?

I have always believed that I could run a solid 10,000m off of the training we have done in the past. However, Jerry has this idea that to run a solid 10k you have to be consistent in doing, basically, marathon training. Well, over the last couple of years I have had injury problems come up in late January and early February that have interrupted training (not a surprise) which kept me from being properly prepared. The good news this year is that the training interruptions were very minimal and I have been able to stay consistently over 100 miles a week for a couple of months. Along with the increase in volume, there are certain workouts that Jerry uses as a measuring stick and I guess I did well enough and looked comfortable enough that he has given me the green light for the Payton Jordan 10k!

In one word, how would you describe your feelings going into Sunday?

EXCITED.

Both Jerry and Chris seemed to have very grounded expectations for him going into this meet last year, which obviously paid off, as it left him feeling free to just compete in the latter stages of the race. What are you keeping in your head leading up to the race, to keep you in the right space, mentally?

The field at Payton Jordan looks outstanding and our number one reason for running this race (along with lots of others) is to get the “A” standard [ed. 27:45.00] for London 2012. This being my first quality 10,000, it is not going to be an easy task, but I believe Jerry would not let me run this race if I was not prepared. Hopefully by the end of the summer I will have set myself up that I have both the 5000 & 10,000m qualifying times and the decision of what to run can be made at a later date.

On a related note, given how he obliterated the American Record in his own debut, do you think deep-down that Chris was maybe sand-bagging a little bit last year, pre-race?

I guess you could say that he had to: it was his first 10,000 and the decision to run came out of the blue. An athlete never wants to be over-confident going into a race! On one hand, he knew he was working very hard in practice and getting very fit but had not really raced; on the other hand, all of his training partners kept telling him that he was made for the 10k and he was going to kill it based off of what we had seen in practice. I think Chris was quietly confident last year but held his cards close to his chest knowing that a lot of carnage can take place over 10,000m. I can say for a fact that even his training partners and coaches were just as blown away with the last 1k as everyone else!

Now that you run the 10k, what are some things that you still don’t do?

Run World Cross.

We will have on-site coverage of Tegenkamp’s 10,000m debut — and more — from the 2011 Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational. Stay tuned this weekend here on KIMbia.net, as well as to KIMbia on Twitter and Facebook.

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8 Responses to “Stanford Week: Teg Talks 10k”

  1. [...] Matt Tegenkamp Is Ready for His 10,000-Meter Debut In our "Brief Chat" yesterday, Chris Solinsky – the American recordholder for 10,000 meters – said there was a strong likelihood that Tegenkamp, his teammate since undergraduate days at Wisconsin, would finally be running a 10,000 on the track at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational at Stanford on Sunday. Barring some unforeseen development, that long-awaited debut at the distance (seriously, it's long-awaited) is going to happen. "Over the last couple of years I have had injury problems come up in late January and early February that have interrupted training (not a surprise) which kept me from being properly prepared" for the 10,000, says Tegenkamp, who's one of the few Americans to break 13:00 for 5000 meters. "The good news this year is that the training interruptions were very minimal and I have been able to stay consistently over 100 miles a week for a couple of months. Along with the increase in volume, there are certain workouts that Jerry (Schumacher, his coach) uses as a measuring stick and I guess I did well enough and looked comfortable enough that he has given me the green light for the Payton Jordan 10k!" Tegenkamp's first goal in the race is to achieve an Olympic "A" qualifier of 27:45 or better. (photo of Matt Tegenkamp by Victah Sailer) More [...]

  2. [...] Matt Tegenkamp Is Ready for His 10,000-Meter Debut In our "Brief Chat" yesterday, Chris Solinsky – the American recordholder for 10,000 meters – said there was a strong likelihood that Tegenkamp, his teammate since undergraduate days at Wisconsin, would finally be running a 10,000 on the track at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational at Stanford on Sunday. Barring some unforeseen development, that long-awaited debut at the distance (seriously, it's long-awaited) is going to happen. "Over the last couple of years I have had injury problems come up in late January and early February that have interrupted training (not a surprise) which kept me from being properly prepared" for the 10,000, says Tegenkamp, who's one of the few Americans to break 13:00 for 5000 meters. "The good news this year is that the training interruptions were very minimal and I have been able to stay consistently over 100 miles a week for a couple of months. Along with the increase in volume, there are certain workouts that Jerry (Schumacher, his coach) uses as a measuring stick and I guess I did well enough and looked comfortable enough that he has given me the green light for the Payton Jordan 10k!" Tegenkamp's first goal in the race is to achieve an Olympic "A" qualifier of 27:45 or better. (photo of Matt Tegenkamp by Victah Sailer) More [...]

  3. [...] Matt Tegenkamp Is Ready for His 10,000-Meter Debut In our "Brief Chat" yesterday, Chris Solinsky – the American recordholder for 10,000 meters – said there was a strong likelihood that Tegenkamp, his teammate since undergraduate days at Wisconsin, would finally be running a 10,000 on the track at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational at Stanford on Sunday. Barring some unforeseen development, that long-awaited debut at the distance (seriously, it's long-awaited) is going to happen. "Over the last couple of years I have had injury problems come up in late January and early February that have interrupted training (not a surprise) which kept me from being properly prepared" for the 10,000, says Tegenkamp, who's one of the few Americans to break 13:00 for 5000 meters. "The good news this year is that the training interruptions were very minimal and I have been able to stay consistently over 100 miles a week for a couple of months. Along with the increase in volume, there are certain workouts that Jerry (Schumacher, his coach) uses as a measuring stick and I guess I did well enough and looked comfortable enough that he has given me the green light for the Payton Jordan 10k!" Tegenkamp's first goal in the race is to achieve an Olympic "A" qualifier of 27:45 or better. (photo of Matt Tegenkamp by Victah Sailer) More [...]

  4. [...] Matt Tegenkamp Is Ready for His 10,000-Meter Debut In our "Brief Chat" yesterday, Chris Solinsky – the American recordholder for 10,000 meters – said there was a strong likelihood that Tegenkamp, his teammate since undergraduate days at Wisconsin, would finally be running a 10,000 on the track at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational at Stanford on Sunday. Barring some unforeseen development, that long-awaited debut at the distance (seriously, it's long-awaited) is going to happen. "Over the last couple of years I have had injury problems come up in late January and early February that have interrupted training (not a surprise) which kept me from being properly prepared" for the 10,000, says Tegenkamp, who's one of the few Americans to break 13:00 for 5000 meters. "The good news this year is that the training interruptions were very minimal and I have been able to stay consistently over 100 miles a week for a couple of months. Along with the increase in volume, there are certain workouts that Jerry (Schumacher, his coach) uses as a measuring stick and I guess I did well enough and looked comfortable enough that he has given me the green light for the Payton Jordan 10k!" Tegenkamp's first goal in the race is to achieve an Olympic "A" qualifier of 27:45 or better. (photo of Matt Tegenkamp by Victah Sailer) More [...]

  5. [...] Matt Tegenkamp Is Ready for His 10,000-Meter Debut In our "Brief Chat" yesterday, Chris Solinsky – the American recordholder for 10,000 meters – said there was a strong likelihood that Tegenkamp, his teammate since undergraduate days at Wisconsin, would finally be running a 10,000 on the track at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational at Stanford on Sunday. Barring some unforeseen development, that long-awaited debut at the distance (seriously, it's long-awaited) is going to happen. "Over the last couple of years I have had injury problems come up in late January and early February that have interrupted training (not a surprise) which kept me from being properly prepared" for the 10,000, says Tegenkamp, who's one of the few Americans to break 13:00 for 5000 meters. "The good news this year is that the training interruptions were very minimal and I have been able to stay consistently over 100 miles a week for a couple of months. Along with the increase in volume, there are certain workouts that Jerry (Schumacher, his coach)uses as a measuring stick and I guess I did well enough and looked comfortable enough that he has given me the green light for the Payton Jordan 10k!" Tegenkamp's first goal in the race is to achieve an Olympic "A" qualifier of 27:45 or better. (photo of Matt Tegenkamp by Victah Sailer) More [...]

  6. [...] Matt Tegenkamp Is Ready for His 10,000-Meter Debut In our "Brief Chat" yesterday, Chris Solinsky – the American recordholder for 10,000 meters – said there was a strong likelihood that Tegenkamp, his teammate since undergraduate days at Wisconsin, would finally be running a 10,000 on the track at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational at Stanford on Sunday. Barring some unforeseen development, that long-awaited debut at the distance (seriously, it's long-awaited) is going to happen. "Over the last couple of years I have had injury problems come up in late January and early February that have interrupted training (not a surprise) which kept me from being properly prepared" for the 10,000, says Tegenkamp, who's one of the few Americans to break 13:00 for 5000 meters. "The good news this year is that the training interruptions were very minimal and I have been able to stay consistently over 100 miles a week for a couple of months. Along with the increase in volume, there are certain workouts that Jerry (Schumacher, his coach)uses as a measuring stick and I guess I did well enough and looked comfortable enough that he has given me the green light for the Payton Jordan 10k!" Tegenkamp's first goal in the race is to achieve an Olympic "A" qualifier of 27:45 or better. (photo of Matt Tegenkamp by Victah Sailer) More [...]

  7. [...] Matt Tegenkamp Is Ready for His 10,000-Meter Debut In our "Brief Chat" yesterday, Chris Solinsky – the American recordholder for 10,000 meters – said there was a strong likelihood that Tegenkamp, his teammate since undergraduate days at Wisconsin, would finally be running a 10,000 on the track at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational at Stanford on Sunday. Barring some unforeseen development, that long-awaited debut at the distance (seriously, it's long-awaited) is going to happen. "Over the last couple of years I have had injury problems come up in late January and early February that have interrupted training (not a surprise) which kept me from being properly prepared" for the 10,000, says Tegenkamp, who's one of the few Americans to break 13:00 for 5000 meters. "The good news this year is that the training interruptions were very minimal and I have been able to stay consistently over 100 miles a week for a couple of months. Along with the increase in volume, there are certain workouts that Jerry (Schumacher, his coach)uses as a measuring stick and I guess I did well enough and looked comfortable enough that he has given me the green light for the Payton Jordan 10k!" Tegenkamp's first goal in the race is to achieve an Olympic "A" qualifier of 27:45 or better. (photo of Matt Tegenkamp by Victah Sailer) More [...]

  8. [...] Matt Tegenkamp Is Ready for His 10,000-Meter Debut In our "Brief Chat" yesterday, Chris Solinsky – the American recordholder for 10,000 meters – said there was a strong likelihood that Tegenkamp, his teammate since undergraduate days at Wisconsin, would finally be running a 10,000 on the track at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational at Stanford on Sunday. Barring some unforeseen development, that long-awaited debut at the distance (seriously, it's long-awaited) is going to happen. "Over the last couple of years I have had injury problems come up in late January and early February that have interrupted training (not a surprise) which kept me from being properly prepared" for the 10,000, says Tegenkamp, who's one of the few Americans to break 13:00 for 5000 meters. "The good news this year is that the training interruptions were very minimal and I have been able to stay consistently over 100 miles a week for a couple of months. Along with the increase in volume, there are certain workouts that Jerry (Schumacher, his coach)uses as a measuring stick and I guess I did well enough and looked comfortable enough that he has given me the green light for the Payton Jordan 10k!" Tegenkamp's first goal in the race is to achieve an Olympic "A" qualifier of 27:45 or better. (photo of Matt Tegenkamp by Victah Sailer) More [...]