I first met Jim at a road race in Bozeman, Montana. I showed Jim my backside for about a mile and a half and then he showed me his for the remainder of the race. Actually he was so far ahead of me I lost sight of him. I had just moved to Bozeman to attend graduate school and upon arrival in town jumped in a local 10k race. I failed to calculate the move from training at 800 feet to racing at nearly 5000 feet above sea level and paid for it dearly. Lesson learned. At the finish line – we struck up a conversation – agreed to meet to train together and the rest is history.
I have known Dr. Jim Walker – Sports Science Director, The Orthopedic and Specialty Hospital, Murray, Utah for some time. It is an honor to have trained with him but more importantly to call him a friend. We have endured many miles together, pounded out repeat miles (at 4:50 pace with a 200 jog – do 5 – 6 of those at elevation and you are probably ready to race) raced together and challenged each other with exercise science “what ifs”. An Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier (2:18)– 28:50 10k road PR. Cross Country/Distance Coach, University of Utah 1989 – 1991.
I recently toured his lab in Utah. Wow –he has designed, built and currently uses an impressive exercise science lab that draws attention across our industry. I was delighted when he accepted my invitation to be a speaker at the Continental Divide Running Clinic 2011, July 22 – 24th , Homestake Lodge, Butte, Montana. Dr. Walker – is passionate about his research and it shows in the results of the athletes he works with.
The title of his presentation scheduled for the Friday July 22nd evening session is; Distance Running Mechanics. He describes this session as; “proper form and techniques to improve performance and reduce injury risk”. I know him well enough to predict you will see references to lab tests he has conducted with application to each of us. Jim will also serve as a panelist with other CDRC Staff. He will be available informally between sessions and during meals.
Jim is a native Montanan and a Missoula Sentinel High School graduate. BS MSU Exercise Science, MS Arizona State University Exercise and Sport Science, Ph D Exercise Physiology University of Utah. He really enjoys fly fishing but mum is the word regarding this fishing hole. Attend the 2011 CDRC and get to know Jim. I know you will be a better runner due to the time spent learning from him.
Next up; running the R’Snake followed by a bio of Casey Jermyn – CDRC Staff 2011. Until then – enjoy the run!