June 8, 2017

It was mild again, with temperatures in the high 60s and a light breeze, as Mike Casper, Kevin Becker, Joel Niemann, Adam Ilgen, David Lloyd, and Marty Mazur headed for the PSU outdoor track. Yes, that’s right, the outdoor track. There was a gate open on the northwest corner (end of the backstretch), left that way for PSU athletes who were practicing earlier (and later). We were in this time, but I don’t have any feeling for how much we can count on that. As luck would have it, the MSF indoor track was closed (unexpectedly), so it was a good thing we had the outdoor track available to us.

It was a light turnout, but Bwana (by request) did not give too light a workout: A pyramid of 400-600-800-600-400 at 5K+ race pace, increasing pace as you went down the back end of the pyramid. Prescribed rest was 200 meters after the first rep and before the last, but 400 meters otherwise. I think they’ve toned down the backstretch wind as part of the track refurbishment, since it was in no way a factor today.

The ultra-regulars who made a showing were wondering why there has been a downturn in attendance lately. The only explanation is Bwana had was the uncertainty in venue week to week. The MSF track has been in use more often than we’re used to, and the outdoor track is only spottily available. To get around that, starting next week we’ll go to the State High track. Most of the recent regulars have heard tell of the old days when Bwana would put track truants on the rack in the third paragraph of the weekly email. Bwana has become and old softie, but those who make regular showings want the old Bwana back! Let’s hope the summertime switch to a regular venue will bring back the truants, or there will be heck to pay!