This Saturday, January 14th, the Olympic Trials Marathon will take place in Houston, Texas. Among the crowd of athletes who qualified and declared their intent to compete at the race will be our very own Tyler McCandless. 25 year old McCandless is up against a competitive crowd of marathoners but is more intent on using this experience as a stepping stone to the 2016 and 2020 Trials than to come out on top.
In his own words, McCandless describes his past year of running in preparation for these Trials:
I’m far from calling the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials my last race, in fact, it’s a stepping stone to the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials. Of course, I wanted to do the best I could in Houston on January 14th, 2012 and knew what I needed to do while sitting in the ice bath talking to my coach. I needed to run a lot of miles. In the following 56 weeks I’ve run 5325 miles – an average of approximately 97 miles per week. In that time, I never missed a day of training due to sickness or injury – I was “unbroken” with my mind’s eye focusing on Houston. I ran 18 races in that time with a highlighted win at the Kauai Marathon and an all-time low when a fever reduced me to pulling off the course after not sweating a drop for 23 miles of the Chicago Marathon. No doubt about it, I was broken in that race, but not for Houston. Every mile, workout, and race was planned out to make me perform best on January 14th, 2012 as well as the rest of my career and one hiccup was not going to deter me.
In his most recent blog post on his website, Tyler is calm, cool and collected, qualities he emanates when you meet him in person. He’s got his head on right and after a magnificent year of training and racing I wish him all the best this Saturday in Houston. You can bet I’ll have my television tuned to watch the race.
The event will be broadcast on NBC with 2 hours of live race coverage from 3-5 pm ET. This will be the first time that both men’s and women’s Olympic Trials have been televised on the same day. Of the 161 men and 226 women who qualified for the Trials, 111 men and 185 women have declared their intentions to run the Olympic Trials Marathon this Saturday. Three men and three women will represent the United States in the marathon at the 2012 Olympic Games in London this summer.
Olympic Trials Marathon official website
Follow the weekend’s events on Twitter using the hashtag #houston2012
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Hansons Brooks team training for 2012 Trials
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McCandless, Tyler. “Unbroken.” Flotrack.com, 2012. Web. 10 January 2012..