Michael Rodgers Interview: USA Indoors 2011, by Larry Eder

Michael Rodgers, 2011 USA Indoor Press Conference, photo by PhotoRun.net

Michael Rodgers is the 2009 and 2010 US champion at 60 meters, the 2009 US outdoor champion at 100 meters and the 2010 World Indoor Silver medalist. He is a man who knows the rarefied world he competes in is ultra-competitive!

"9.90 it today's 10.00. You have to bring your A game anytime you race. "noted Rodgers in a conversation with RBR and assembled media yesterday at the 2011 USATF Press conference.

Rodgers_MikePC1-USind11.JPG2011 USATF Indoor Press Conference, photo by PhotoRun.net

Rodgers is quite affable, with a quiet confidence that hides the absolute battle he is in to be one of the top sprinters in the U.S. The 100 meters and 200 meters are absolute battlegrounds today, and with 2011-2013 being World and Olympic championship years, Rodgers has to be on when be races.

And on he has in 2011, running one race in the US, and four in Europe. In his fourth, Michael Rodgers burst past 2003 World Champion Kim Collins to run the fastest time of the year, 6.50. Twenty minutes later, Rodgers ran the 200 meters, finishing third in 20.97. "That was a long workout for me...but after the 200 meters, I felt really tired!" a smiling Rodgers recalled a week after the race.

As part of his buildup in 2011, Michael Rodgers is working on his endurance, yep, endurance! Think about it! Four rounds in a US champs, three or four in a World Champs, and one has to be at their best in each race. One of Rodgers workouts, is " six times a 800 meters, in 2:15-2:20 with a three minute break. I have respect for the endurance athletes now! " noted Rodgers.

Rodgers_MichealSF-Reebok10.JPGRodgers at 2010 Rbk Boston, photo by Photorun.net

When asked what happens after he finishes such a workout? " I sleep the rest of the day" noted Rodgers. "This season I am focusing on building my endurance, I am not training for indoors. In the races, I am focusing on my starts and first 30 meters, as my strength is helping me with my finish."

Rodgers will be running the 60 meters in the US Indoors on Saturday and Sunday.

Michael Rodgers, one of the top sprinters in the U.S. , and the world. RBR sees him as one to watch in 2011!

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