We headed over to Oral Roberts University and met up with Coach Joe Dial who gave us a quick tutorial on the basics of the 100.
A good start is key to this event, and of course it's just as important for the big guy and me as we attempt to chase down Usain Bolt's time of 9.6 in his gold medal final win Sunday.
"You start pressing with that back foot and you come up to right there," said Dial as he positioned himself in the block. "Ninety degrees on the front leg, 120 on the back. 'Set' and then when they fire the gun, just (take off)."
Al and I got in our starting blocks and waited for the gun. Once it fired we were off and running.
Correction, I was off and running. Al fell down.
The 100-meters is not Big Al's best event.
I lined back up and took a solo shot at Bolt's time as Al licked his wounds from his fall.
It took me 14.9 seconds, and I feel good about it.
"You looked really good. You know? So we're looking at uh, maybe another fours years of training and we might be there," said Dial referring to me catching up to Usain Bolt.
Fat chance. But thanks for saying that Coach.
Check out the video in the player above to see how the guys did.