It was cloudy, cool, and breezy, just call it autumnal, as John Domico, Bob Jones, Tom Cali, Bob Cornwall, Jim Moore, Marty Klanchar, Greg Dillon, Costas Maranas, John Sheakoski, Frank Zaffino, George Lesieutre, Dana Todd, Kirk Rager, Michael Goldfine, John Ake, Jim Laudermilch, Esther Prins, Meira Minard, Paula Jech, Jonathan Thurley, and Marty Mazur headed for the last track workout before the mOUnTaiNBACK.

Almost everyone who showed up was a mOUnTaiNBACKer. Bwana went easy on the crew. 1X-something long and slow. For some, that meant jogging around the track once, really slow. Others did 2X880 or 1X1 Mile. Mostly done at conversational pace. A good pace to catch up on news. Like how's Esther's baby daughter Lily doing? How's Tracy's back? What's Frank's plan to carry off the Full 50? How's Tom J and the theorem proving racket?

We'll have time for more of this socializing on Saturday. Except the mood will be a little less collegial. The knives will be out! Emotions will be high! Except Bwana's. He has it all figured out, including the eventual winner. (Why do we even bother running the race?) Who is Bwana choosing? Well, he won't say. Except here's some advice for Martha's team: If you want some bananas after the race, buy them *really* green on Saturday morning. Otherwise, you'll be swatting fruit flies long before you finish!