Saskatoon athlete Michelle Harrison is training for the international stage as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
“I’m just trying to maintain my fitness,” she said.
“I’m doing some circuits in my house. My mom has a treadmill so I’ve been running on that a little bit. There is a hill by my house that once it gets nicer, I’m hoping to do some hill workouts, doing some yoga, just general fitness-type things.”
With warm temperatures returning, Harrison can run outdoors, but a 100-metre hurdles competitor needs a track — something that’s not available right now.
As a result, she and her coach have had to make do.
“In contrast to a normal week right now would be we’re in the weight room four times a week, she’s on the track five days a week, we are going over hurdles and blocks,” said Jason Reindl, head coach of the Huskies track and field team.
“We are needing to get on a track, but given current COVID situations, we’re not anticipating that for a few more… weeks and we’re just taking it day by day.”
Harrison is coming off a season that saw her set records and be named the U Sports female track athlete of the year.
However, in the last few months, she’s had to cancel trips for meets in Los Angeles and Japan so, until the pandemic lifts, she will train for the future.
“It is hard coming off the season because since it was going so well, to cut off all that momentum, so I couldn’t build off that pretty easily,” Harrison said.
“But at the same time I’m trying to see it as another year to get better and to maybe perform better next year then I would have been able to this year.”
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