Saturday, March 23, 2013
I'm hoping some of y'all might have some advice for my daughter J who is a HS senior and is very frustrated with her performance in comparison to her CC/track teammates. Here is what she wrote for y'all:
I'm frustrated because even though I've got bigger muscles, I can lift more, and I try harder, I am slower at both sprints and at distance events. I do cross country (PR 4K 20:19, 5K 29:34, 10K 68:46) and track, but in track I do short sprints (200, p.r. 31.5s) and triple jump (28'3"). A lot of the girls around me slack off in workouts, including upper varsity, which is very frustrating because they don't try as hard and still do better. I'm 5'6" tall (66 inches) with a 29" inseam, which means my legs are 7% shorter than the average for females my height(1). I weigh, on a given day, between 135-145 pounds. Is it because I do such different events that I stink at both? Is it a mental block? Am I just inefficient? Could it be medicines I take? (Citalopram, Trazodone, Vitamin D, Multivitamin, Omeprazole, currently on courses of Amoxicillin and Ibuprofen) I tend to not drink enough water- is that making me slow? What is it?
1) I used this formula from answerbag.com : 1) Take your height in inches. 2) Multiply your height by .453, and call this number X (the average leg length for your height). (45.3% was calculated by factoring that the average woman of 64" has 29" legs according to a study done by Wroclaw University). 3) Measure your inseam. 4) Divide your inseam by X, and this will give the percentage of how much longer/shorter your legs are. Example, if your legs are 30" and X is 29", you would get 1.034, which means your legs are 3.4% longer than average.