A designer's guide to: Innovative linear circuits : as by Jim Williams

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He quickly dropped his PR to 3:50, before having his breakthrough race at the Princeton Invitational. There, he surprised the field and finished a close second to Princeton alum and perennial national championship finalist Scott “Slicko” Anderson in 3:44. Anderson recalls that, “I had no idea who he was. With 150 to go I was expecting them both to fade, especially this guy. But with 100 to go he made a move to grasp the lead, and I started to panic. I moved out to lane two and had to give it all I had to beat him down the stretch.

The first fourteen minutes of the climb leading up to the trailhead are not overly strenuous, but once one sets foot on the trail itself, it switchbacks hard and fast up the mountain. The rapid ascent almost instantaneously puts a runner in oxygen debt. The worst is yet to come. As the summit is approached the trail steepens so much that the runners must scamper, bound, or, if the will is broken, walk over increasingly high steps that tax your lungs and make your quads burn and quiver. Of the climb, Batliner steadfastly says, “You’re hurting.

What is interesting is the element of choice. It is Slattery, Reese, and Roybal lead Blondeau, Johnson, and Elmuccio. 14 CHRIS LEAR Lear 012-059:Lear 012-059 1/5/11 1:22 PM Page 15 ingenious of Wetmore that he does not dictate what they will be shooting for, but that he lets them decide what they hope to achieve. It is their choice. Once they elect to aim high, they are effectively empowering Wetmore to train them as hard as he sees fit to take them to that level. If they complain, he has but to remind them that they are the ones who decided they wanted to excel, he is merely following their prerogative.

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