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Moving On

January 19, 2015

In a couple hours from now, I’ll be driving from my home in Knightdale, NC (just outside of Raleigh) to the small college town of Davidson, NC, where I will be beginning my new job as English teacher at Davidson Day School. I was hired mid-year to replace a teacher who is leaving to pursue a career as a professional writer.

Throughout my adult life, beginning at age 28, when I moved to Raleigh from Southeastern Pennsylvania, I have lived in the Raleigh area. In my coaching life over the past twenty years, I have had the privilege of coaching many athletes who have had a profound influence on my life. While the big names include hurdlers like Johnny Dutch, Wayne Davis II, and Kendra Harrison, there have been dozens others whose names the public has never heard, but whom I am equally grateful to for having allowed me to play a role in their development as athletes and as human beings.

The school where I will now be working has a very small track team – so small, in fact, that they may not even need the help of another coach. It’s funny because teaching English has always been my primary means of making a living, but people in the track community see me only as a track coach, and many – including some who are personal friends – aren’t even aware that I teach English.

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Hurdle Cycle Drill Continued

December 23, 2014

We did another version of the hurdle cycle drill with Hector Cotto this past Sunday. This time, instead of keeping the hurdles at the same spacing the whole way, we did some experimenting with the spacing and also with the heights of the hurdles.

The rep in the video is one of the last (and best) reps of the day. Earlier we had started with the first hurdle at 36”, but found that it was too hard to get into the rhythm of the drill with the hurdle that high with Hector having no momentum going into it, so we lowered that one to 33”. We kept the rest of the hurdles at 36” for most of the workout, then raised the last one (and then the last two) to 39” when he was successfully cycling without kicking out the lead leg over the 36’s.

As for spacing, we had started with the hurdles six and seven 17” and 19” apart respectively, but found that it was impossible to maintain the cadence. We found that 15” was a good distance to maintain the level of challenge but to give him valid opportunity for success.

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Sprint Hurdles Blog

December 14, 2014

If you’re not already, please be sure to keep up with the blog of professional 110 hurdler Hector Cotto at his sprinthurdles website. He and I have been doing collaborative blog posts on his site, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. We’ve done two so far,  both focused on a drill we call the hurdle-cycle drill, designed to help him keep his legs in the sprint position while clearing hurdles. Here’s the link to the first blog on this drill from two weeks ago. Here’s the link the second one from last week. Another post on this drill will be coming up soon. Do yourself a favor and bookmark Cotto’s site and check regularly for updates, as we’ll be posting blog posts other drills, workouts, and hurdling-related discussions there.

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