Enroute to my 10:03.40 personal best in the 3000m steeplechase at the 2012 Singapore Open (Photo © Leslie Tan/Red Sports. Used with permission)
Overcoming barriers is a common theme in sports. In my sporting discipline, the 3,000m steeplechase track race, the notion is not only figurative, it is also literal.
Five barriers over the course of a lap (including a water-jump) and having to cross them 35 times over the course of a 3,000m steeplechase race has a way of sapping the strength and power out of a runner’s legs like no other event. And, mind you, these barriers are no hurdles; while hurdles fall when one hits them, the barriers are immobile to the impact of one’s leg. And, when that happens, the consequences range from a knock and the resultant soreness you will rue post-race or an abrupt crash to the track that is as good as an immediate end to one’s race. (Examples of the latter abound on the world wide web.)
I will mark a return to the track (for the first time in over one-and-a-half years) later today at Choa Chu Kang stadium at 4.40pm for the Singapore Open Track and Field Championships in the 3,000m steeplechase. Continue reading