I ran my first competition the fall of 1989. I was turning 14 years old then. I had no clue how to behave or what to do in order to perform well. I did a quick warm-up, ran whatever I could and won the Regionals in cross country. It was my first 2KM race.
Late spring 1990 I attended my first track practice. I really enjoyed it, even though I hardly knew the others in the group. During the years in Elverum Friidrett (athletic club) I made so many great friends and had so much fun. It wasn’t all about performance, but having fun with the sport. So, I wasn’t too much into gear and gadgets then…
I remember I was 17 and running 200m at the red dirt track at home. I always started at the 12 or 30 marks on my watch. In that way it was easy for me to see the splits… I guess I used to run 200m’ers just outside 30 sec. My coach was never too concerned about the splits and the pace, I guess.
I got my first stop watch the year after. I had made the National Junior Team in the 800m and my PB was 2.10.22, I remember. I got a Casio watch.
You must have a heart rate monitor!
When I came back from my studies at Tulane University, New Orleans, I changed coaches. He ordered me to get a Polar heart rate monitor. I didn’t see the big point in having such an equipment, but got myself one from L