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How Indoor Track Can Pay Off Later

By Youth1, 04/10/18, 12:00PM CDT

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"The indoor season kind of bridges the gap between months of base training and the outdoor meets and gives me extra opportunities to compete and gain experience."

In her first indoor season working under coach Alberto Salazar, Shannon Rowbury finished second in the 3,000-meter run at the U.S. indoor championships, then went on to finish eighth in the event at the world championships in Poland. The winter season served as a dress rehearsal for what was coming outdoors.

Rowbury says that last winter allowed her and her new coach to fine-tune training during a lower-stress time for most athletes. Indoor competition is a way to test your fitness, she says.