Thursday Track Report: Hello Goodbye

It was gray, but pleasant as the crew of John Domico, Jim Myers, Tom Cali, Judd Michael, Costas Maranas, Marty Klanchar, John Sheakoski, Greg Dillon, Martijn Westhoff, John Wilcock, Jonathan Thurley, Mark Traband, Joel Niemann, Meira Minard, Tara Murray, Kathy Koetje-Simin, Dana Todd, Ron Cunfer, Lee Culver, Kevin Becker, newcomer Rob Peterson, and Marty Mazur said hello to Spring.

Before the "Fortitude Workout" (4X(400-200) with short rest), Bwana introduced the newcomer, Rob Peterson, an experienced triathlete, old college friend of Kevin Becker, and new employee at ARL, working with John Sheakoski and Marty Mazur. The crew also said goodbye to Martijn Westhoff, who will be returning to the Netherlands next week. Martijn made quite an impression on the Club in just a couple of months. A good running companion, and none too slow, either. His youthful good looks also worked their charms on the ladies. His attendance at every single hill workout since arriving here also helped spike attendance among the gals. Now he returns to Holland. Instead of the ladies and hills here, he'll only have the levees and dykes over there.

The Crew could use a howdy from some of its erstwhile members. Ultra-Tri man Marv Hall might drop by to give Rob some Iron Man tips. Tom Hilands is working at the "ghost town" branch of ARL and needs to come to the track to see his old pals from work. Greg Fredericks has no excuses anymore: he can thumb a free ride in from the crew at ARL-SP. And Michael Goldfine needs to say hello to the track before he ends up saying goodbye to his girlish figure.

Thursday Track Report: You Mythed A Good One

It was May in March, with temperatures in the 60s, blue skies, and light breezes as John Domico, Tom Cali, Judd Michael, Bob Cornwall, Costas Maranas, Jonathan Thurley, Dave Moore, Tim Aydin, Marty Klanchar, Tara Murray, Kathy Koetje-Simin, Meira Minard, Mike Weyandt, Martijn Westhoff, Dave DeGroote, Ron Cunfer, Mark Lee, John Wilcock, Jim Laudermilch, Jessica Wekke, Matt Soccio, and Marty Mazur headed for the track.

The Crew was waiting for Bwana to bare the meat-muffins to mark the official start of Spring. But Bwana did not get to work on his tan much during his Mediterranean vacation, seeing as how a significant portion of said trip was spent on a snowbound train. So, rather than startle the group with a vision of the Yeti, Bwana kept covered and gave out a downward ladder workout: 1000-800-600-400-200, with increasing pace each step down the ladder.

Speaking of mythical beasts, our pet Wookie has had a valid excuse of late to miss the track. But what about Mark Griffin? His eagle eye has obviously been on something other than the oval. Greg Luna must be doing his workouts at night under the light of La Luna. Maybe he's a werewolf. Lance Bland was auditioning for a part as Bigfoot. Tom Hilands was last seen in the lowlands, mudwrestling with the Creature from the Black Lagoon. Michael Goldfine was thumbing through Bullfinch's Mythology at Websters. And John Sheakoski, who is stalking the mythical Perfect Bracket, was watching round 1 at an undisclosed bar.

Thursday Track Report: Always Looking For Excuses

It looked deceptively like Spring, and there was even email chatter that today would be the first outdoor workout of the season. But it looked warmer than it actually was. Jim Myers, John Domico, Tom Cali, Jim Moore, Marty Klanchar, Bob Cornwall, John Sheakoski, Judd Michael, Mark Fedkin, Marv Hall, Costas Maranas, Jonathan Thurley, Mark Traband, Dana Todd, Martijn Westhoff, Mike Weyandt, Mark Lee, John Wilcock, Jim Laudermilch, Jessica Wekke, newcomer Randy Moore, Esther Prins, Kim Nelson, Ann Marie Oldani, Janet Jonson, and Marty Mazur headed for the track under sunny skies, but brisk breezes. All but Myers, Lee, and Weyandt went inside.

Bwana spread the optimism: this might be the last indoor track workout of the season! Easy for HIM to say. He's got two weeks to make good on that because he'll be hanging out on the Med coast next week. But in anticipation of the move outdoors, Bwana gave the "benchmark" workout: 3X3X300. There were a few complaints after 2, so Bwana knows he chose right.

It was a good turnout, despite the eve of Spring Break. But there are a few people who still need to get out and get ready Spring racing. I know Greg Luna has some class conflict, Tara Murray is waiting for Springtime to do the final thaw on her frozen toes, and Cheryl Capone is nursing her bum tendons (unlike Bwana, who is chronically nursing the tendons on his bum). But where were Greg Dillon, Lance Bland, Ron Cunfer, and Matt Soccio? What were their excuses?

Note: As mentioned above, Bwana will be doing his track workout next week in the South of France. After hitting the tapas bars in Barcelona, taking a wine tour in the Côtes du Rhône, eating bouillabaisse and cassoulet, Bwana will need a few double workouts when he gets back. But you lot won't have those excuses!

Thursday Track Report: Bwana-less Spring Break

Since Bwana is overseas, and I called the workout today, I guess I get to write the report.

Well, a bunch of people showed up at Rec Hall, and then some more joined us at the track. The crowd included Meira Minard, Michael Goldfine, Martijn, Randy Jepson, Judd Michael, Tom Hilands, John Domico, Bob Cornwall, Mark Traband, Mike Weyandt, and Jonathan Thurley. Apologies if I left anyone out.

It was a warm and sunny day and some of the guys even threw off their shirts - but Meira and I kept at least one layer on. No need to risk sunburn!

It was my first track workout in over a month after getting frostbite on my toes and I was still testing them out. I called out 2xmile, and much to my surprise almost the whole group joined me. I didn't manage to get lost, even in the spots where the track markings were faded.

Thursday Track Report: Storm Tracking

Looking back on the winter (and it ain't over yet), we never really had a proper January (or February) thaw. I'm talking about 4 or 5 days in the 50s when everything melts. And as we wait for the latest Snowmageddon, or Stormapalooza, or whatever they're calling it this time, it's getting a little wearisome. Thankfully, our area will likely be spared the brunt of it. Still, John Domico, Jim Myers, Bob Cornwall, Tom Cali, Meira Minard, Judd Michael, Costas Maranas, George Lesieutre, Marty Klanchar, Mark Fedkin, John Wilcock, newcomer Katrina Bautista, Dana Todd, Kirk Rager, Martijn Westhoff, Michael Goldfine, Lee Culver, Ron Cunfer, Jerry Steffy, Kim Nelson, Ann Marie Oldani, Jessica Wekke, and Marty Mazur headed for the track with snow shoveling on their minds.

For the second week in a row, Bwana dusted off an outdoor workout for indoor use. This one worked out better than last week's fluster-cluck. Bwana had the crew do 4X3 laps, starting in lane 3 and moving out a lane each rep. The object was to keep the same lap pace (or better) each time you moved out a lane. Even sandbagging a little on the first rep, that's not easy to do, especially if you charge yourself with the duty of not only making each rep at least as fast as the first, but also of making each rep faster than the last. Starting in lane 3, the runners were doing about 640 meters. By the time they reached lane 6, they were trying to run 700 meters in the same amount of time!

It's pretty easy to maintain the same lap speed when your lap speed is zero. Lance Bland has lately been transfixed by women's curling and is learning how to yell in Danish. Jonathan Thurley got his finger stuck in his Rolodex and was trapped at his desk. Ann Skulas-Ray was painting the "nails" on her Vibram Five Fingers.  And Matt Soccio has progressed past the Richard Simmons, but has to get through his old Jane Fonda workout tapes before he takes on the track.