Making up for lost time, Allen Woodard sees WR improvement
Masterstrack.com: What were your 200 splits in latest WR? What lane were you in, and what were the weather conditions?
Allen Woodard: My 200 splits was around 22.6 hand time and mid to low 26â€™s for the second 200. There was a strong tailwind on the backside. The video was taken from the back side. So the first 200 was easy to time.
Youâ€™re closer to your 2015 goal of sub-49. When might you achieve that time?
Iâ€™m looking to go sub 49 in my next race which could be this coming weekend at Rice or Texas University.
What do you do for a living in Houston?
I buy and sell cars for a living. This gives me a little flexibility to train. Not as much as I like though.
Have a coach or training partner? What is your support system?
Last off season I train in a pro camp in Houston and then on my own during the regular season. This year I continued to train on my own and coach. Which, I do train with my athletes most of the time. My main support system is my wife Christina. Christina is a professional sax player and music teacher.
How do you train? Weights? Hills? Repeats? Overdistance?
Yes, I do a little of everything you mention. Hills not so much anymore. Thereâ€™s just not a lot of hills in Houston. Pretty flat here. Last year I broke the record weighing about 192. That was a little heavy. Been focusing a lot on my diet this year.
Whatâ€™s your height and weight? How does this compare with your age 20 days?
My weight now is 180-182. I feel a lot better at this weight. Iâ€™m about 5-10 pound heavier than when I was 20. My race weight was about 170-175. I thought I was 6-1 in college. Now Iâ€™m only a little over 6 feet even. I guess itâ€™s true what they say about gravity.
What are your all-time PRs? Where did you compete as a kid?
My PR in college was 45.8 and 20.5 before I was forced to leave the sport with an injury. That was at age 20-21. Needless to say, I left a lot on the table. Thatâ€™s what brings me back to the sport. Trying to fill the void. I went to Brenham High School, then to Ranger College. From there I could have went anywhere I chose.
What major masters meets are you targeting this year? Grand Rapids nationals? Perth worlds?
Iâ€™m heading to Penn Relays and Grand Rapids for sure. Probably will not make it to Perth.
When do you get time to train?
Most of my training is in the afternoon anywhere from 4 to 5:30 with my athletes.
Tell me about your family â€” wife, kids, cats, dogs? What challenges have you overcome?
Well, I mentioned my lovely wife Christina early. I have four kids and an adopted son, not legally adopted. But itâ€™s all the same to me.
The biggest challenge to day to day is balancing work and training. But I have learned to manage. My biggest challenge in this sport after being absent for over 20 years was training and building my body to compete again.
Why do you sprint?
I sprint because I love the sport. Always have. It was heartbreaking to me when I could no longer compete. If I wouldnâ€™t have been hurt in my younger days, there is no doubt in mind I would have found my way to competing at the top level. Yet I thank God for my life and I wouldnâ€™t want to be anything else but what God made me to be. So Iâ€™ll take whatâ€™s left and make the best of it. My plans are to learn as much as I can and coach high-profile athletes. Also, to see how far I can take mother nature and be an inspiration to others.
What can USATF and WMA do better to support your masters career and aspirations?
Well, of course competing is expensive. So I wish there were more opportunities for sponsorship of some type. Just something to help take a little of the sting out of the cost of competing, traveling and gear.
If I could get a little help, I could run even faster. I think a lot of us masters could run faster if we could concentrate on training more. I would really like to see our sport grow and produce fast times. Maybe even have our own little Diamond League one day.