I am still digesting all the highs and lows of last week’s Rome Golden Gala.
I remember being at the post race press conference, and Usain Bolt issued this statement:
"I think it was the fact that I got a good start that threw me off. I got the perfect start, but five steps in I stumbled. It was one of those things – I guess I’ll have to do my strength work on this. I think it’s just time to get it back together. This season for some reason it goes right back to ground zero. The good start threw me a little bit, then it got all over the place. It was just not me."
When you look back at the results, Usain Bolt clearly had the best reaction time (yes, they were using the same Omega Starting Blocks as last year).
So What Have We Learned?
If I had 2 words to give to Mr. Bolt, or any 100m sprinter, that is:
A good start sets you up for the entire race, but don’t forget all the parts of the race. Drive phase. Transition. Max Velocity. Speed Endurance.
You may have a good start or drive phase, but you better have all the elements in place.
But honestly, I am not worried. I have always said you need at least 5-7 100m races before you can find your peak form. (400m sprinters need a bit less, like 3-5 races)
So Usain may be a bit “rusty”, but don’t worry, give him more races under his belt, and barring injury, we’ll see him peak at the right place and at the right time.