Ready for Round 2 of my attempt to learn how to do sports things?
After kicking off my new series with a visit to Alter for volleyball, I accepted an invitation to go to Central State to learn about hurdling from coach James Rollins and two-time national champion Juan Scott of Dunbar High School.
What did I learn? You can check it out in the video above, but to paraphrase a popular song from a few years ago, ‘Hurdlin’ ain’t easy!”
I assume once you have done it a few thousand times, you stop worrying about falling over the hurdle and breaking multiple limbs.
I didn’t get that many reps in, but I did have a good time learning what to do.
I’m not sure how many 90-minute crash courses in hurdling Rollins has done, but I was impressed with the one he put together for me.
I felt like I really understood everything he was teaching, from popping my forehead with my lead fist to “knocking the bee off” my trail leg.
We went through the whole pre-practice/pre-meet stretching routine with him explaining why we did each stretch and warmup.
He showed a lot of patience as I overthought various steps of the process, too.
It was pretty much exactly what I was hoping for when I thought up this line of stories: Learn how to do it then embarrass myself trying to put those lessons into practice.
OK, this wasn’t too embarrassing: Like I said, I wasn’t injured. But we did cop out a little by going to only a partial hurdle.
That was the coach’s idea, and I didn’t complain.
It all made sense as we were going over it.. it’s just tough to simulate really doing it.
There’s no half speed in hurdles, you know?
You’re either doing it or you’re not because a lot of different parts have to come together to go over a hurdle while running, and if anything doesn’t go right, you are probably going to end up with a face full of track.
I like my friends who work for the Xenia Township emergency squad, but I would rather see them in a more casual setting.
I ended up none the worse for wear. I got some sun and came home with some sore PCLs in my knees, but otherwise I felt pretty good the next day.
While the highlights of my trip to Greene County can be found above, a more extended version is available on Facebook.
What do you think?
What should I do next?
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