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Andrew

Nick Christi began his racewalking career in college and quickly picked it up and has been competing on the highest level ever since. Nick is currently training for the time for the trials for the Tokyo Olympics. And we're excited to have him on the show. We came across your race walk calm profile, and under advice for training you say if you want to get better train, simple, sweet. No excuses. I mean, that seems obvious. But I mean, there's got to be days where you don't want to train like, do you just turn back to that and say, all right, we gotta go because I want to get better. Like, how do you how do you think?


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Yeah, so I wrote that, I think it was like in a cool, maybe like, 2015 when I was still in college there. were setting up BIOS, and I tried to write BIOS for other people as well and get all that information chasing it down. But then, you know, there were a lot of people where it was like, like, I hire you so fast, because at the collegiate record, hold the collegiate record. So it's like, How are you so fast? You know, what, what's, what are you doing? It's like, dude, just just go out and train because like, there was like, kind of an attitude where like, a lot of the college walkers would they, they would train separate from the running team, but then they just wouldn't do anything. So then they were all really bad. So uh, so then, like, when, when people were actually training, they, you know, they're pretty good. So then it was a, you know, it makes sense. So just trying to trying to get that point across where it's like, yeah, don't don't overthink it. Just go out and do a workout and then you know, you'll, you'll at least become okay. You know. So that was the whole thought process behind that period. Just because there were like a lot of guys who just weren't training at all and it was like, you just you just got to go out and do something. Nick,


Larry

you're a pole vaulter, a hurdler in cross country then wha wha wha you become a walker? Like what is the the like these exciting things? And you've got a walker? Like, how did that left turn happen?


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Yeah, so I was going to quit Makkah college as a community college out in San Diego. So San Diego State doesn't have a men's track team. So most of the athletes in high school will you know, if they're not going straight to a four year university, they go to one of the junior colleges. There's Mesa and cuyamaca. And I went to Korea Makkah and I was going to just do hurdles, just do povo because my football coach, Coach Barton, like Hey, why don't you come do this? And, you know, you'll you'll do it for a couple years, we'll get you a scholarship. And then you know, you won't have to pay anything for school because, you know, Community College is dirt cheap. And like, I didn't pay anything. Why is that community college because if you have like, a good GPA, you get on the Dean's list or whatever. And then it's all free anyway. So it's like the super sweet deal. So like, it's like, yeah, I'll do that, you know, that makes sense. You know, like, let's, let's save some money. So then I'm going to the college and the cross country coach, Tim Seaman, he he gives me a call, and he's like, hey, I've got you on this list for cross country. The old coach, you know, wrote down some names of athletes he talked to and we'll coach Coach Domingo has gone to, you know, some school in the Midwest like St. Mary's or whatever. And, you know, he just left a list. I spoke with them, like briefly one day, and I was like, yeah, I'm not gonna do cross country. I don't want to do that anymore. Like, I don't like cross country, like track, like, I'm just going to track when I'm at the college and just enjoy it. So that was the plan. And then Tim's like, Hey, we only have six guys on the team. You know, like seven guys is like a full team because then you have your your five scores and your two displaces and everything's like we only have, you know, six guys on the team. What will you please be like the seventh guy, this is my first year at the college. This is my, this is my first year doing this. Like, I need you. I need at least a full team. So I was like, Okay, fine. Yeah, I'll, I'll join. So then I went and joined the cross country team, and, you know, between like, the four and seven guy most of the year, so just just enough to like, help them get a team together. And then we ended up making our state, you know, Community College meet. So that was kind of cool. And then that's always up in Fresno. And then and then at the end of the season, he had everybody try out race walk, and he's like, Okay, well, I'm I'm a race Walker. So obviously, I want people to try race walking. That's what he told all of us. And he was like, let's, let's have you do like a 400 meter, or 400 meter around the track and see how fast you can go. And I was like, Okay, yeah, let's let's do it. So, I was actually I was actually the best at that when we did it and I walk wasn't super fast. But at the time, it was it was okay. It was like 140 something like 148 or something like that. So it's like, just a foreigner meter on the track and he's like, Okay, well you beat all these other guys. Let's see how fast you can do a 200. And then that was like 40 seconds or something. So I was like, is pretty, you know, that's pretty quick for racewalking. And he was like, Okay, well, I'm gonna have you race walk once once the season's over. So I did track and then during the track season has done pole vaulting hurdles, and then Javelin and the decathlon. So those those are like my three main events within the decathlon with hurdles, pavao Javelin and then we get out to our you know, so called qualifier meet or whatever and I botched the poll I kept coming down on the bar I just I didn't have my my step right and everything and I was like, pretty disappointed. So I didn't actually didn't make regionals in that. And then, uh, you know, the, the hurdles were okay, and not not the best, and then the javelin, I actually actually call fight out in that one, which was, you know, my worst of the events. And then that was, that was when I did the best. And then that same weekend that the regionals were going on. They had a race, walk race, the 5k 5k man up in Riverside, and Tim was like, Hey, you know, you could do this. Or you can come to your first race walk, and you can try to qualify for nationals or something. It's like you just got to do this time. So it's like, oh, okay, fine, I'll do that. Like, if you're telling me to do that, I'll do that. So I went, and I did the spacewalk race think I walked like, 2407 or something like that. And it was, it was a little bit off of the time I needed. But it was, uh,


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it was pretty good. So then he kept having me, like, try to do like a 5k race every couple weeks. And that was that was all the training I was doing was just showing up for the races. He had me. And then I was running with the team and doing all that stuff. And that was, that was kind of it. So then it was, um, we finally had one more event and it was like, he's like, Hey, you know, I really think you can qualify come to this event. And I'm like, Well, hey, my dad got me a job up at the Palomar hospital for construction. So I'm like, you know, I'm gonna get prevailing wage. I'm gonna, I'm gonna make like, a ton of money this summer, and it's gonna be awesome. It's like $37 now or something. I'm like, um, you know, I'm like, 1920 or whatever at the time. Like, is it worth it for me to do this? Because how far is nationals? Like, it's 20k. Like, okay, well, the farthest I've done is 5k I'm not doing that. Like I'm gonna go make money instead. So I spent all summer working construction and then you know, the job site ended and everything we finished, we're installing h back units. And that was all that was all done. So we get to the end of the summer and there's finally one more race and I dropped like two minutes, like right away and I think it was just walking around and steel toed boots on the construction site, you know, like really building up the shins. That that whole thing, but then that was that was when I finally made the decision. It's like, Okay, I'm gonna start racewalking. Now this is, you know, this, I guess, is what I'm gonna do. Like I put down a good time. It's kind of a long process of head butting.


Andrew

Yeah, it's a tale as old as time. So most people get hurt. Yeah. So most people, I don't think have any concept of how fast you guys go. Your Wikipedia page says your one mile, which I think a lot of people can understand your one mile PB is five minutes, 55 seconds and point five, eight. So look less than six seconds. What do you what would you say is the most common misconception that people have about the sport when you tell them your race Walker? Because I would assume most people don't fully know what you guys are doing. But is there a common misconception,


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uh, I think just not fully understanding like the, you know, the, the concept of the rules. So like, you know, the big thing is, like, you know, we have to, we have to appear to have one foot on the ground at all time. So the human eye, so like, the human eye can only detect about point four seconds or whatever of flight time. So, you know, like, when you watch high speed cameras and stuff like that, you'll see, you'll see us off the ground, like, like a hair. And like, as long as it's not egregious, the human eye usually can't pick it up. So that's, that's one thing. We're like, just the rule is, like, appear to have a foot off the ground, and then to the human eye, and seems


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like a lot of room for interpretation.


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It is, but you know, the judges go through like a strict snatch. I will say school, strict certification. And, you know, they have to take a lot of tests, they're gonna watch, like, tons of videos. And then the judges are, you know, there's apprentice there's Association level masters level, international level judges, and then there's like, 123 for international level judges. So like, you know, if the judge doesn't meet a certain qualification, and certain races just don't count. So like, you know, I've been trying to set up a race out in San Diego for the last couple months. And it's like, you know, just trying to get the judges that meet those qualifications. There's like it's a pain because there's only so many like, give In region, we have five, five judges that meet that qualification in the United States. And most of them live on the east coast. So usually we got to fly him out here. And then you know, other countries might only have one. So like, some of those judges will be flying around all over the world, you know, just as a, you know, just just to do these events where they're required to do it. So actually, if anybody wants to become a has a problem with racewalking, um, you know, I would go through the judging certification process, and then, you know, you you could end up getting flights going all over the place and, you know, be at the Olympics on the officiating end. And you know, pretty neat deal. Yeah. Hey,


Larry

Nick, you're just a guy from San Diego, you went to the great cuyamaca College, Missouri Baptist University, the idea that you are regular guy could be in the Olympics is pretty cool. That's inspiring, right?


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Yeah. You know, and that's, that's what I love about like, the junior college and, you know, we've had a lot of guys that at Queen Mac, the college who've gone on to compete it, like the national level or, you know, hopefully the Olympics, you know, we'll see how we do this this summer. But yeah, it's, it's like amazing, because when you go to like, the Juco route, um, you see so many people that didn't necessarily they had a lot of talent, but they didn't know they didn't have the direction for it. And we had phenomenal coaches, like, you know, we had a, our 110 hurdling coach was, you know, he had just missed the 1980 Olympics. And that was his, that was his, like, golden shot, and I didn't send a team then we have, like, you know, we had, like, one of our sprint coaches was on the Super Bowl team with the Raiders back on what, like the 70s or whatever. So like, you know, we just had these, you know, he's great figures and coaches, and you know, like, Tim Seaman was our, you know, Olympic race Walker. So it's like, like, you just, you kind of see all this opportunity that's available, and then you can just kind of pick it and if you want to, if you want to jump on it, you can and like that's, you know, when that's available, like it really, it really streamlines that whole process. Yeah,


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well, all the people that have the missed opportunity should have listened to if you want to get better, simple, sweet, are you gonna get better trades? Yeah. Well, Nick, thank you so much for joining us today. We are cheering for you. Hopefully we'll see you in Tokyo. If you want to follow Nick on Instagram, Nick dot s Christy, I manager for Larry and Nixon. Thanks for stopping by.




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