Monthly Archives: May 2012
The 4th annual Rox Trot 5K/10K was a great success. We were able to build on the experience of the previous 3 years and take the race to a new level. Don’t get me wrong, it is still a very small community event, but we improved in almost every aspect and created processes and relationships that will allow us to pick up where we left off next year and do even better.
I have been part of the race committee for the past few months, and have a newfound respect for the huge amount of work that it takes to pull off a race like this. Even on a small scale. Sponsors were secured, permits and reservations acquired, volunteers gathered, a website was created with online registration and results, the course was set, parking and facilities arranged, finish area staged – and that is only scratching the surface. My admiration for my fellow committee members is huge. All for the love of the sport and to raise a few bucks for the local elementary schools.
I was in charge of the course for the race, and found that to be a challenging undertaking, but with the great support I had it made the job a lot easier. I definitely could not have done it alone. We came up with a great system for marking the course using solid red arrows on a white background. These were laminated and stapled to stakes in the ground, and could be seen from a great distance. I was super happy with how they worked out. I was also in charge of the course marshals. This was by far the most daunting task. Stapling arrows to stakes is one thing, trying to coach people on how not to get run over when stopping (sometimes less than cooperative) traffic is a whole new bag of worry.
I have a love/hate relationship with this course. It is very challenging, scenic, and fun to run. The 20+ road crossings can cause a bit of stress, though. Managing those is a huge challenge, and absolutely essential to pulling off the race. Thankfully, we had a solid group of volunteers show up willing to help us out by standing in the rain and holding out stop signs to get the cars to stop for the runners. Every time I ran through a crossing, I was so proud of those folks doing such a good job for us.
I didn’t know if I would be able to race this year with the other responsibilities I had, but shortly before the start it looked good so I got ready. I had already run the course earlier that morning to check all of the markings from the night before. My legs felt really sluggish then, and were still a little bit sore from the 20 I had run on Wednesday night. I pinned on my race number and everything changed. When I jogged over to my car to drop off my jacket I felt like I was floating. I love that pre-race feeling!
The wether was nasty and getting worse. We would still end up with our largest showing, despite the cold and rainy conditions. As is typical, the 10k group numbered just a small fraction of the 5k runners. 13 of us took off as the storm intensified to its highest level of the day. Rain mixed with hail, and a little wind for good measure.
I led our small little group from start to finish and was satisfied with my effort. The race usually takes place in August and I’m typically running it only 6 days after the Leadville 100. It was a nice change to run it on fresher legs this time.
Big thanks to the race committee that worked so hard to pull off a great event, and to the volunteers. I don’t think we could have done it with even one fewer person showing up. Everyone’s contribution was significant and much appreciated!
Rest week. It wasn’t really planned, but I could feel like I was really going to have to fight to get the miles in so I decided to back off. I hope it was the right call. My thinking was I should just take a few days off rather than trying to force runs where I didn’t feel like it and end up with a mediocre week – and still no rest.
This was my lowest mileage week of the year. I even had a higher total the week after my 100 miler in March. I’m using it as a mini-break to mark the change from the winter/spring season and get ready to ramp up for summer. At least that’s what I’m telling myself.
Calves super tight. Even had to stop several times and shake them out. They were ridden hard and put away wet after Saturday’s race and I’m feeling every bit of that plus the two complete days off which allowed them to set up into concrete.
Much better than yesterday, but still had to stop 3x to let the calves settle down. Up @ 3:45 this morning with our first bear visit of the year. Dogs barking up and down the street, trash cans getting ravaged, etc. I was too tired to get up, but couldn’t go back to sleep either.
That’s more like it. Got a desperately needed good night’s rest (all 6:50 of it) and felt much better today. Ran easy for the first couple, then a hilly relaxed tempo, easy finish.
Did 31 on the mtb in the evening. Was supposed to be a group ride, but I ended up going solo due to some no-shows. Made the best of it – what an awesome time.
And my vote for Best Switchback on Planet Earth:
Easy run at the Boneyard.
Celebrated my daughter’s birthday, then headed out to try and get some shots of the sunset. The air quality was terrible due to smoke from a New Mexico fire.
I thought it would make for a dramatic sunset. I was wrong. Total bust.
This little guy was holding on for dear life in the 20-30 mph winds.
Total: 32 miles / 4:40 run – 31 miles / 2:36 bike
After a year and a half of including a ‘pic of the week’ at the end of my weekly training summary, I’ve decided to let it stand on its own. I’m also implementing a rule that the Friday Foto needs to have been taken sometime in the last week. No recycling. I am doing this to keep me engaged in building my photography skills, and to make me work harder to get fresh shots. Click here to see my previous Friday Foto posts.
I took 795 pictures on Monday! Lots to choose from this week. Since I’m shooting in RAW+jpg that came out to around 18GB worth of data.
There were a couple of shots I really liked, but they were more of a candid nature. For these posts I’m trying to emphasize something I actually planned and set up for.
Malcolm’s graduation ceremony was really nice. They held it at Sports Authority Stadium out in Parker. Seating wasn’t too cramped, and we had a good view of the proceedings. Towards the end I started making my way down to get ready for the cap toss. I stood in an area that I had gotten booted out of earlier (but I did check to make sure I wasn’t blocking anyone’s view – all clear behind me). Such an outlaw.
As an added bonus, Cori got this shot of me while I was getting ready to take mine.