Workout of the Day
1 x 200m / 2 x 400m / 2 x 200m / 1 x 400m
Splits: 29.0 / 59.6, 54.2 / 27.1, 26.2 / 49.6
Recovery: 400m jog between reps
Andrew Wheating — May 23rd, 2008
Context & Details
Andrew Wheating retired at 11:49am PST on Thursday, January 4th, 2018. The sport suddenly became a little poorer now that he is no longer circling tracks. He was a game changer and his mark will not be forgotten. Personally, I will miss seeing him toe the start line. But times change and life must go on. It will be exciting to see what he does next. I am sure it will be just as magnificent as his most celebrated athletic feats.
In honor of The Big Fella's retirement, I've pulled out this 800m sharping session he did a week before the 2008 West Regional Championships. Wheating went on to take 2nd at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and famously make his first Olympic Team that year. I didn't write the session nor was present to witness. I can simply appreciate it and highlight a couple of items.
Andy's career was taking off and he must have had fun that day flying around Hayward Field at faster and faster speeds. As expressed by the paces, it is a cutdown session with what looks like an emphasis on running the final 400m very fast. I can imagine Vin Lananna (Wheating's college coach at the University of Oregon) telling Andy to click down the paces and, "feel good. Feel fast." These paces are truly world class. Not bad for a goofy college sophomore that few had heard of at the time. I am sure Vin was astutely aware of the form Andy was in.
Wheating later ran 1:45.03 at the Olympic Trials. At that time, it was a big personal best. This session must have been child's play for him then. That he was able to cutdown the paces so dramatically with each rep tells me as much. And the fact his only comment in his training log from this session was, "Good day!"
And now, years later, I'd like to add: "Good career!" Thank you Big Fella.