M65 Steve Robbins on record sprints: ‘I was in the zone’
Steve Robbins of Washingon state thrives on cold weather, it appears. While some athletes fretted over temps in the 50s or 60s at the Striders Meet of Champions last Saturday, Steve rode legal winds to an AR-equalling 100 and WR 200 in the M65 age group. I sent Steve a quickie questionnaire, and he speedily replied. Naturally. Hundreds of photos of the meet are also online, thanks to prolific shooter Dave Peeters. Complete results wil be posted shortly.
Here’s my Q&A:
Masterstrack.com: What was the weather like at Striders during your runs? Any fear of the cold wreaking hammy havoc?
Steve Robbins: The weather was great — very Seattle-like. It was cool and overcast, with a slight favorable breeze. I’d been following the weather online from home during the previous week and it looked promising.
What lane did you run out of in the 200, and how did you maintain focus being so far ahead of everyone?
I had lane 6, with one competitor in lane 7. The rest were behind me. Once the gun went off, I was in “the zone” and just thinking about getting to the finish line as fast as I could.
Tell me about your recent workouts, which Doug Smith alluded to:
My comments to Doug were more about being able to get in good workouts because I wasn’t hurt. I injured my achilles in Sydney, in mid-February, but I’ve been able to “manage” the injury since. It’s been a lot of years since I’ve been able to put together 3 track workouts a week for several months, without setbacks. My workouts, themselves, have been my ususal: repeat 150s and 250s, occasional 300s, speed ladders, flying 60s, and in-and-out drills. (Not all at once! Each of these is a separate workout).
Do you still live in Seattle? Or did U move to Santa Barbara? I forget.
I’ve been in Seattle for 14 years. We were building a place down in Montecito (adjacent to Santa Barbara) in the late-’90s but never moved down there. We sold it. We’ve actually bought a 100-year-old home in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, last fall and we’re putting it through a major remodeling. Laura’s mom lives in Cleveland, is getting on in age, and has no family nearby. We thought we should be out there, close to her. I’ll be training at Case Western U. They have new indoor and outdoor tracks; and they’re only about a mile from the house. The move is planned for late this summer.
What are your racing plans this summer — Spokane, and where else?
I’m planning on three major meets this year (assuming I can stay injury-free): a meet here in Seattle in mid-July; then the Hayward Classic and Nationals in August.
When did U turn 65? (Happy belated birthday!)
What’s your latest book — published or in the works?
The 13th edition of Organizational Behavior came out in October. So did the 2nd ed. of my Truth About Managing People. The 5th ed. of Training in Interpersonal Skills came out this month. The 10th edition of Management will be out this November. And I’m working on a new title, Applied Organizational Behavior. I don’t take credit for all this output. I’ve taken on co-authors for most of my books.