Snow is no deterrent to supertough tracksters in Chicagoland
M55 sprinter Jason Purcell, perhaps off-put by my reporting from 80-degree all-comers meets in San Diego, shared this photo of himself with Junior Olympian Jenna Spanswick, getting ready for the Wisconsin Indoor Track and Field Championships. “This is how sprinters train in Chicago!” Jason wrote. “You’ve got to wear your spikes in this stuff!” I asked where the photo was taken and how he trains. He graciously replied: “The shot was taken at Highland Park High School’s track just north of Chicago. I coach Jenna, so I just had her run 1Ч200 and 2Ч100 at 80%. It was only 16 degrees, so I let her sit in her mom’s car between sets. I ran 2Ч400 and called it a day. Part of my workout was shoveling the track twice that morning.” That’s serious dedication. See you in Olathe, where it may be 80 degrees warmer.