Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
The song is slow, the gang is fast, but I like them both!
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Obviously next up is the hand made copper kettle from Kettle Moraine. Then, in July I can either go to Oregon for the Ashland 50K (photo on left) and see Sister Alice or go and visit the Chaser in Denver and Slide down for the North Fork 50 Mile. They both sound so good.
Ali and I haven't been to Northern Cali/Oregon since 2005 (except for the brief Fire Interrupted Trip to Western States in 2008, Greg you still owe me about a grand!). I really want to take Ali back there to see Sister Alice and visit some of Mom's old stomping grounds, but we have to check on schedules.
So, one way or the other, I'll be running somewhere in July.
Monday, April 12, 2010
I have unfinished business at Kettle. I ran that race in 2007, and my memory had me blazing the first 100K and then falling victim to a stomach illness due to spoiled food for the last 38 miles. My memory told me that at no point at Umstead did I run as fast as I had in those first 62 effortless miles at Kettle. Well, only one problem, the facts say otherwise. So, not only do we trick the mind, sometimes it tricks us!
I checked the stat sheet, (available on-line for your viewing pleasure, just click on the kettle and follow the links), from the 2007 Kettle race, and I did have an excellent first 100K there. I finished 62.2 miles in 13 hours and 15 minutes. Not bad, and certainly on my way to sub 24 when the wheels feel off. I ran-walked, almost entirely walked, the last 38 in 12 hours flat for a 25:15 finish. A marathon shorter distance in only one hour less. Of course in my memory, I had me at 12 hours for the 1st 100K and 13:15 for the last 38.
So, my fantastic memory proved inaccurate for the 2007 Kettle race. And I remembered being so fast back then. I also remember being pretty slow at Umstead this year. I told anyone that would listen, that I ran slowly, but that I just never stopped moving. Well, true, I only sat down except to take care a few (4) bathroom issues. But I just knew I had been faster at Kettle. Then the splits came from Umstead the other day. Let's see....
Mile 62.5, a tad farther than Kettle's 62.2....... hmm, gulp, 12:28, er 37 or so minutes faster than my 100 K at Kettle. I guess I wasn't as fast as I thought I was back then, I guess I'm still a little faster than I thought now. That is troubling news. Why troubling? Er, well, ah, yeah, it means, I may the capability to go even faster at Kettle this year. Of course, so much depends on the weather, and the Umstead weather was perfect, but there is no reason to believe that if I stay away from expired GU and if I lose this 13 pounds that I've been hanging on to like it was my job in a bad economy I can't go under 21 hours once more. Shoot, I may even try to!
Oh, why did I have to let the facts get in the way of my comfortable little life? As they say, the Mind is a Terrible Thing!
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
.Those legs are like the little bicycle that fell over TWO, er I mean TOO TIRED!
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
It sure was a lot of fun, and so darn much work. First, my partner in the race, Jim, he's about the best that there is. We make a good team, I drink the beer, he takes care of the details! Works out well.
Second, my gawd, the volunteers, wow! June, Becky, T-Bone, Mike P, Chris, Charles, Jen, Claire, Adam, Wendy, Ladies at the start finish, E, Heidi, Dave, Dan, Little Lisa, Woody, Jim B, Christjen, Allissa or Alyssa or Alissa, Patrick, Frank Sr. you guys, and the dozen I forgot, I want you to know that you are the reason the race comes off! I know I abuse my aid station workers, and I'm going to rotate you better I swear, but man, the absolute best! Next year it's beer, burgers, pizza and WHATEVER else you want out there, that's right WHATEVER else you want!!!
Andy from Gainesville won the 50 mile overall. He's rapid, 6:21 on a hot day. Stephanie Miller finished in 1st and 3rd in the women's 50-mile.
Patrick who is just fast these days won the 50-K masters in 3:57 or so. Don't know who won the other races, but I bet it's up on the http://www.tamparaces.com/ website thanks to the timing by Mike. Mike may be a pain in the neck, but he's a hard worker and not an entirely unintelligent man.
Just so you know, the Fool's Run won't be on Easter weekend next year, as Easter isn't until April 24th, that's just too late. Umstead has already claimed April 2 for next year. We can go the same weekend, or a week earlier or later. I'd probably lean toward a week later, April 9, as I don't want to interfere with the Guana River, but I'll check with our buddy Bill Dunn and see for sure when he's going. So, choices are: March 26 (possible Guana River), April 2 (Umstead), and April 9.
In conclusion, it's a LOT harder directing a 50-Mile race than it is running even a 100-mile race, but since I met Jim the pay is a lot better! Thanks for supporting us, and please shoot me any suggestions you have for next year.
ps. I was only kidding about Mike