Tyson Gay took his time loosening up his surgically repaired hip at the end of the track, rotating his body this way and that as he listened to music through headphones.
He did lunges, toe touches, some twists at the waist and deep knee bends. Finally, he skipped along in his lane before practice Wednesday at Alexander Stadium.
Only after all of that did he even consider a light jog, let alone sprinting.
These days, it takes quite a bit of work to prepare his healing right hip. He's overly cautious, too, especially with the 100 meters in London just around the corner.
Once warmed up, Gay went through a rather light workout as he blazed 30 meters down the track before backing off the accelerator. He did this a few times before calling it a day.
Still, it was enough to see this: He's rounding into form and nearly ready to take on Usain Bolt & Co.
''Hip's good,'' Gay said. ''I don't have any excuses. Whatever happens, happens.''
He's equal parts nervous and eager as he await...