Thursday Track Report: Post-mOUnTaiNBACK No-Brainer

October 21, 2010

It was cool and blustery as Jim Myers, Ken Davis, Costas Maranas, John Sheakoski, Andrew Webb, Mark Fedkin, Michael Goldfine, Esther Prins, Mike Renz, Adam Smith, Rob Peterson, Dana Todd, and Marty Mazur headed for the track for the first post-mOUnTaiNBACK workout.

Everybody deserves a little recoup time after a hard race. But Bwana thought for sure there would be a few more at the track just to do some post-race trash talking. As it was, Rob couldn't pass up the kudos he knew he'd get. And Ken Davis got plaudits for being the "old guy" who had the best recovery from injury and a great mOUnTaiNBACK.

Bwana gave the old, old default standby: 400-800-800-400. This was the no-brainer first workout of Spring that we'd do back in the early 90s when Thursday Track first started.

Well, there is still some kick left in this year. A few more big local races are coming, including Tara's Bellefonte 5-Miler next month and the Nittany Valley Half-Marathon. I hope all of you that didn't make it today aren't starting on your Christmas eating season already!

Thursday Track Report: Martha Asks An Important Question

October 14, 2010

It was drab and cool as Tom Cali, Martha Nelson, Lance Bland, Ken Davis, Greg Dillon, John Sheakoski, Jim Moore, George Lesieutre, Jonathan Thurley, Michael Goldfine, Dave Mengle, Dana Todd, Jon Oatley, Jim Laudermilch, Rich Harter, Adam Smith, Matt Degges, Rob Peterson, and Marty Mazur headed for the track.

It was the last "workout" before mOUnTaiNBACK for most present. So for them, it was just a matter of doing something easy to stay loose. Bwana left it up to the Crew what they'd do. A few quarters was probably the most strenuous thing anyone did. 

The workout was also an opportunity for some last minute in-person trash talking. Martha Nelson managed to trash both the guys and the gals. First, by asking the question Bwana asks seemingly every week these days: "Where are all the women?!" That's diss enough on the ladies. But then Martha looks at Tom spitting on the ground, grinding it into the track, and then proceeding to tell some off-color joke, and basically says "No wonder!" Bwana's take: OK, so was Thursday Track EVER a nice clean playground for the pink pony-tailed princesses? And who exactly was it that introduced at least half of our most locker-roomy traditions? Like the "Martha Mile"? Ladies: You've been called out!

Thursday Track Report: Whether You Were There Tesla Lot About You

September 23, 2010

Indian Summer? When's that supposed to end? Jim Myers, John Domico, Tom Cali, Lance Bland, Jim Moore, Ken Davis, Jonathan Thurley, Mike Weyandt, Tom Hilands, Dana Todd, Jim Laudermilch, Michael Goldfine, Adam Smith, Mike Renz, Rich Harter, Kevin Becker, Rob Peterson, newcomer Noelle Martz, and Marty Mazur headed for the track as the temperature approached 80. Just warm enough to put some spark in their step. It got hotter later, but thankfully the Crew was done before our thermostats got cooked.

Bwana had some shocking news for the assembles Trackers. We recruited a new coil to run with us: Noelle Martz, and she's got some voltage in her veins! Maybe she'll replace some of the charge that the leaky battery of ladies has been having a hard time supplying. The rest of the Crew couldn't resister. Bwana took the time to inductor, and it was off. No, ON! No relays today. We had a better capacitor for pain than that. We did the Tesla 3-phase workout: 3X3X300. As they ran their circuits, the Crew had 240 volts of fun! Noelle had fun. The first words out of her mouth when she was done were Ohm Magawd! What a live wire!

Lee Culver and Ron Cunfer continued their mOUnTaiNBACK Track Marine Training Exercises at Oh-Dark-Thirty this morning. Culver has switched into full pack and battle fatigues. But others were doing short circuits around the lunch buffet or power curls at a pub. Watt the flux is up with that? Most of us have a race in three weeks! You're all turning into a herd of fat gauss!

Thursday Track Report: The Dismal Science

September 30, 2010

It was dark, dank, and dismal, not to mention extremely wet as Jim Moore, Costas Maranas, Ken Davis, Jonathan Thurley, Michael Weyendt, Dana Todd, Kirk Rager, Jim Laudermilch, Michael Goldfine, Jon Oatley, Rob Peterson, and Marty Mazur headed for the track. The rain was coming down pretty hard, so as pre-arranged Bwana had the Crew turn in at the Multi-Sport Facility, the indoor track. Harry Groves was there, turning in some walking laps and socializing.

Bwana started the Crew on their winter workout regimen a few months early with one of his indoor favorites, the equi-paced 2-3-4-5 lap ladder. That's where each runner does the ladder in such a way that each step is done at the same pace. Don't sandbag, but don't take that first step too quickly! Run consistently and economically. You're in it for the long haul, but even if done right, the 5 lapper should be a real struggle! It's an investment that pays off!

While doing our laps, we felt the invisible hand of Cheryl Capone, who had warmed up the MSF earlier in the day for us. And John Domico whose track presence had been in a bit of a recession, came in a little late. The founder of the dismal science, Adam Smith, was outside by himself getting totally drenched, and getting a really good workout with the rain-heavy shoes in the process. I guess Smith missed the memo about the indoors. Several others had no interest in the track, mostly again women. No wonder the guys were in a deep depression. No stimulus! If it wasn't for Cheryl's early showing, we would have been gal-less again. It's nice to see she's having a strong recovery. Noelle Martz, who brightened our day on a much brighter day outside last week was substitute teaching, but she promises to be back!

Two weeks to mOUnTaiNBACK! Everybody train hard this week, then take it easy!

Thursday Track Report: I'm Glad I'm Not On THEIR Team

September 16, 2010

Well, we needed the rain. Marty Klanchar, Jonathan Thurley, Costas Maranas, Lance Bland, Jon Oatley, Rich Harter, Michael Goldfine, Jim Laudermilch, Dana Todd, Kirk Rager, and Marty Mazur headed to the track in a fine drizzle that later became a soaker. Attendance was very light, despite the near perfect running weather. And the question of "wussiness" arose.

There was, of course, no question about the wussiness of the attending runners. Every team represented here will benefit, some more than others. Of course, Bwana's team still led in the thin showing. Bwana had the Crew do 3X1000 in ever increasing drizzle.

This being mOUnTaiNBACK season, trash talk is naturally in the air. But, at least in past years, real live trash talk was more common. At the track. And the girls participated. And today was the 3rd week in the last 4 with no female attendance. Unfortunately, every DCR team has at least one of those. Let's hope that like Lee Culver and Ron Cunfer, who did a track workout at 6 AM, they are secretly training.

Other than the ladies who were not present, the list of non-trackers today was long enough that I'm afraid I'd burn out my wireless router sending the list of their names through it. All I can say is, "I'm glad I'm not on THEIR team!"