Thursday Track Report: All Twitchy

A return to the cool, fungusy days of about a month ago saw John Domico, Jim Myers, Jim Moore, Lance Bland, Judd Michael, Greg Dillon, George Lesieutre, John Sheakoski, Costas Maranas, Mark Fedkin, Frank Zaffino, Tom Cali, Tom Hilands, Mark Griffin, Dana Todd, Miles Smith, newcomer Dave Rasmussen, Rich Harter, Tony DiNallo, John Ake, Michael Goldfine, Rob Shaver, Tara Murray, Mark Traband, Sherry Tirko, and Marty Mazur head to the track under drab skies.

It was time for the obligatory fast-twitch workout of the Fall. Bwana had the Crew run 12X200 relays in three person teams. While most teams struggled to have all their members run their 200s under 40 seconds, and some succeeded in running closer to 35, DCR Captain and Thursday Track newcomer Dave Rasmussen was cranking them out in 30 seconds! And, by the way, Sherry Tirko is working on being banned from Track for showing us all up. She comes, what, about a handful of times a year, and each time faster than before! Bwana does not need this kind of endorsement!

Moving from fast-twitch, past slow twitch, and right along to no-twitch...Bwana's trigger finger is twitching since so few of his own team members (3 of 7) seem to think Thursday Track is worthwhile. C'mon, guys (and gal)! I don't want to have to downgrade my pre-mOUnTaiNBACK ranking of my own team! But Bwana need not worry too much. His team's attendance was the tops among the DCR. Bwana  is pretty sure Dave Moore will continue his two-mOUnTaiNBACK streak of Captaining a non-contender team (2 for 7 in attendance!). But Moore's chances are infinitely better than no-show Petrarca and company - oh for 7!

Thursday Track Report: Just Awful!

It wasn't as miserable as earlier in the week as John Domico, Tom Cali, Lance Bland, Judd Michael, Greg Dillon, George Lesieutre, Tom Hilands, Costas Maranas, Dana Todd, Frank Zaffino, Kevin Becker, Rich Harter, Ron Cunfer, Miles Smith, Michael Goldfine, newcomer Elijiah Shekinah, Joel Niemann, Tara Murray, Rob Shaver, Jamie Volkert, Mark Traband, Marty Mazur headed for the track. Miles complained about the humidity, but he moved here from a dessert. Newcomer Elijiah thought it was a heck of a lot more pleasant than summer in Nashville. And a light breeze freshened things up.

There was a lot of breezy talk about this evening's DCR Draft. Jim Myers (in his civies), was there to gather pre-Draft intelligence. What a fool's errand! Bwana gave out a workout to test the Draftees: the Fortitude Workout - NX(400-200), where N could be 3,4,5,...

Some of today's trackers planned on pulling a three-fer: Thursday Track followed by the evening Tussey Trainer followed by the Draft. Then there are the Two-fers: Track plus Draft, or Track plus Tussey. And the one-fers: Track. Let's see, I can't think of any other combos...Oh! The oh-fers! (Or Oafers). They're the ones who did No Track + Anything else. If they come to the Draft tonight, I've reserved the Oaf-ful (or Offal, or Awful) Table for that group!

Thursday Track Report: Early DCR Handicapping

The air was thick with mOUnTaiNBACK talk as John Domico, Jim Myers, Tom Cali, John Sheakoski, Bob Cornwall, Greg Dillon, Costas Maranas, Frank Zaffino, Rob Shaver, Mark Traband, Michael Godlfine, Dana Todd, Ann Skulas-Ray, Meira Minard, Kate Ryan, Dave DeGroote, Rich Harter, Kevin Becker, Tom Hilands, Jamie Volkert, newcomer Miles Smith, and Marty Mazur headed to the track. And well it should have been. Today is the first mOUnTaiNBACK Discovery Series training run, 8 weeks out from the race itself.

Many of today's Trackers will be doing a second workout this evening, up and down Leg 1 of the mOUnTaiNBACK. But that didn't stop them from running a hard, low recovery workout of 3X3X300. It's a good idea to run your Legs of the mOUnTaiNBACK (assuming you know what they'll be) during the Discovery Series. It's also a good idea to get in a few two-a-days between now and October, the best simulation of the real thing for those running more than one Leg of the race.

Of course, that would require forethought, planning, knowing what day of the week it is, etc. There are a few of Bwana's fold who need to move back home so their Moms can tell them what clothes to wear and not to forget their lunch. But, no matter. Yet...Just remember, Bwana is taking note of who the slackers are and will be sure to let the DCR Captains know whom to avoid in the Draft!

Thursday Track Report: Down, Down, Down!

The stifling humidity of the early part of the week had abated a bit as John Domico, Lance Bland Judd Michael, Jim Moore, Andrew Webb, Costas Maranas, Nick Downs, Tom Hilands, Miles Smith, Tara Murray, Rob Shaver, Mark Lee, Jeremy Zerbe, newcomers Scott Roycroft and Tony DiNallo, Dana Todd, Kirk Rager, John Ake, Jamie Volkert, and Marty Mazur headed for the track. Lee Culver and Ron Cunfer had already squeegeed the track for the rest of the Crew.

A large percentage of this weeks Crew would be doing a Two-a-Day today, showing up for tonight's Tussey run as well. Tonight's run is a steep descent of over 1000 ft over the course of just under 8 miles. Bwana decided another descent would make a decent workout this afternoon, so he had the group do a downward ladder: 1000-800-600-400-200, quickening the pace for each step down. The trio of Domico, Maranas and Smith took that to heart. I'm not sure how slow they started, but their 400 came in about 72 and the 200 was right about 30!

Several of the Crew are descending a different kind of ladder, one described in detail by Dante Alighieri about 700 years ago. Julie Grubb seems to be stuck in Limbo. Marv Hall probably won't get into the Circle of Sloth Hall of Fame since he's working too hard at it. It's obvious that his Irish upbringing and the work of the nuns at St. Bridget's had little lasting effect on the ever impious Greg Dillon, who doesn't even genuflect at church, let alone at the track. And Mark Fedkin has descended down pretty close to that skating rink with the ugly, three-faced guy at the center!

Thursday Track Report: Slug Fest

It may have been the first truly swampy Thursday of the year, and John Domico, Bob Cornwall, Lance Bland, Greg Dillon, Andrew Webb, George Lesieutre, Jim Moore, Nick Downs, Mark Traband, Jamie Volkert, Mark Griffin, Tom Hilands, Jonathan Thurley, David Miller, Dave DeGroote, Ron Cunfer, Sydney Moser, Meira Minard, Dana Todd, and Marty Mazur were elated! It wasn't really hot, and there was a breeze, but you could just feel the soupiness in the air. And Jeremy Zerbe and Mark Lee, out for a long lunchtime run, knew they could get Bwana Bonus Points for showing up on a day like today.

Bwana decided on the Stayin' Alive, Schloggin' to Survive workout. 1/2-1-1/2 miles in the outside lane. (There are markings in the outside lane for up to 2 miles in English units.) When you get too many hot, humid days in a row, runners ratchet down the pace. So the object of this workout was not so much speed, but to get some sustained runs at a faster than slug pace.

There are several runners who would get lapped by slugs, should they deign to get off their barcaloungers. Rob Shaver was pretty active, though, running around gathering lint from small animals for next week's fly-tying workshop. Speaking of furry animals, Sherry Tirko was out in left field at Medlar Field trying to get a little Nookie. And John Wilcock and Michael Goldfine were slugging down some lunchtime Otto's!