ERLINDA Lavandia is intensifying her training for the 23rd World Masters Athletics in Lyon, France, this August.
The 64-year-old javelin specialist told Sun.Star Baguio she plans to keep a balanced workout and hopes to reach peak form just before the competition starts on August 4.
"So far sa assessment ko nasa 80 percent na ang conditioning natin and plano ko to keep it steady until the last week of July," Lavandia said.
"I have few days para mag-acclimatize sa France so ang game plan natin normally is kunin yung peak ng training doon," the athletics standout said.
"Actually may konting changes sa mga preparations ko earlier this year, apart from considering my age siyempre nag-dagdag kasi ako ng event na sasalihan," she added.
Lavandia will vie in the javelin, shot put, discus throw and hammer throw events.
The 2014 Asian Masters Athletics Championship (AMAC) gold medalist said she will attempt to break her former records before moving to the next age bracket next year.
"Last term ko kasi ito sa age bracket ko ngayon, although mas nagiging mahirap ang competition target ko pa rin na i-break ang former records ko bago ako pumunta sa 65-69 age division," she said.
The retired policewoman is the reigning WMA titleholder in javelin, throwing the spear to a record of 39.83 meters in October 2013.
At the AMAC in Japan last year, Lavandia won a gold, two silvers and a bronze. (Mark Victor Pasagoy)