Jinxing Spring

It was Springlike, mild and sunny with temperatures in the mid 40s, as John Domico, Tom Cali, Jim Myers, John Sheakoski, Lance Bland, Marty Klanchar, Greg Dillon, Shawn Kelly, Tom Hilands, Mark Fedkin, Frank Zaffino, Nick Downs, Greg Luna, Paul Lammert, Michael Goldfine, Jamie Volkert, John Wilcock, Lee Culver, Dana Todd, Ann Skulas-Ray, Jessica Charles, and Marty Mazur headed for the outdoor. Ken Davis showed up late and did a short workout.

We needed a lot of fortitude to get through this Winter, so Bwana decided to see how much was left. Today's was the Fortitude Workout: 4X(400-200) with low recovery between the 400 and the 200 of each set. I really think people missed this workout. But now that Winter is pretty much done, we'll be seeing more of this kind of thing. Bwana is risking jinxing Spring. In fact, he's doing an endzone dance after sprinting past the panting remains of Winter's defensive line, spiking the ball and everything. And how can Spring not be here? Bwana's wife saw the first groundhog out and about after its Winter slumber.

A few people are dealing with the remains of Winter. Tara Murray's excuse is a bad cold. Either that or she's snake charming again. Stephanie Serriere is looking forlornly at her cross-country skis, hanging up in her shed until next year. Julie Grubb was deciding whether to take that last snowball of Winter out of the freezer and mix up some margaritas. Bob Jones thinks it's still Winter and is circling the Rec Hall track. And Costas Maranas is stuck on the golf course, terrified to run over the last little dirty pile of snow!

Boston Splits

It was a very beautiful April day. In late February! Much of the Track Crew was already at the MSF for the CVIM/Boston Marathon Team media day as Bwana and a few non-marathoning stragglers headed down. Bwana stopped in to see the Team hobnobbing with JoePa and SuePa in front of a swarm of JoeParazzi. As the reporters packed up, Bwana invited the CVIMers outside for an outdoor workout. Only a few  followed. I guess they were too overheated from the camera lights.

The outdoor folk did NX800 with N=3,4, or more, depending on how each runner felt. Jim Myers, whose foot has been giving him trouble, felt good enough to show up and do at least N=1.

Everybody seemed to have been there, either in or out, and those who weren't get a reprieve, as long as they promise to donate to the NVRC/CVIM Boston Marathon Teams!

The Answer Is Blowin' In The Wind

How many runners will take to streets when the gusts are blowin' over 40? The answer, my friend, is 32. It was super-duper windy, with freshmen skittering down Curtin and cows tipping over in the fields behind the law school as John Domico, Tom Cali, Greg Dillon, Shawn Kelly, John Sheakoski, Greg Luna, Nick Downs, Frank Zaffino, Ken Davis, Marty Klanchar, Andrew Webb, Lance Bland, Costas Maranas, Mark Fedkin, Jamie Volkert, John Wilcock, Paul Lammert, Tara Murray, Mark Lee, George Lesieutre, Michael Goldfine, Ann Skulas-Ray, Jessica Charles, Ron Cunfer, Jim, Lee Culver, Dana Todd, John Schmidt, Mark and Mary Hilliard, Jerry Steffy, and Marty Mazur headed for the track.

Right off, let me say that George Lesieutre, Paul Lammert, and Tara Murray, three of the lightest people in the group, went and ran on the outside track. Tara says they did 7X800, and considering they finished not too long after the rest of us (who did less than half their workout), they must have employed kites. It's just amazing that they weren't whipped into the next county. The "bulk" of the crew did 6X2 lap half-tandem runs (you run with a partner for 1 of your 2 laps to keep you honest) on the indoor track. Two laps is about 450 meters.

It was a huge turnout (31 people), so there aren't too many who need to endure Bwana's bluster. As a matter of fact, I think I'll blow that off today. We're looking forward all of us going to the outdoor track, the sooner the better.

Bad Humor Man

John Domico, Tom Cali, Frank Zaffino, John Sheakoski, Greg Dillon, Marty Klanchar, Costas Maranas, Mark Fedkin, Dave Moore, Lance Bland, Judd Michael, Marv Hall, Greg Luna, Shawn Kelly, Paul Lammert, John Wilcock, Jamie Volkert, Michael Goldfine, Dana Todd, Jim Laudermilch, Julie Grubb, George Lesieutre, Tom Hilands, Lee Culver, Jessica Charles, and Marty Mazur were in bad humor as they headed to the track. It's still Winter! Another Windy Thursday! George Lesieutre, Paul Lammert, and Tom Hilands kept going down the hill to do a workout on the outdoor track. Perhaps they were a bit too sanguine about their ability to make forward progress on the outdoor oval.

Bwana was bilious and dyspeptic, but hoped to dispel his ill humor by a little blood letting. On the track. Jessica Charles shared Bwana's choleric disposition, and being on the same wave length suggested a downward ladder, 5-4-3-2 laps, with each repetition at a faster pace. By the end of the workout, after coughing up some of the bad blood, the Crew had regained their eucrasia.

A few trackers tried to cure their Winter Blahs by visiting the Good Humor Wagon. Vicki Summers hasn't figured out that too much ice cream makes you phlegmatic. Tara Murray was administering a strong emetic to a few up and coming Hill Queens. That's kind of like a drunk giving another drunk some MD20/20 to cure her DTs. Nick Downs was feeling melancholic today. Ken Davis was busy leeching money for his latest climate model. And Mark Traband was trying to see if horse liniment could get his legs moving toward the track!

Facing The Music

Despite the fact that several of tomorrow's Indoor Mile competitors didn't come, and that it was cold and windy out, a big group decided to face the music and head to the track today. Tom Cali, John Domico, Lance Bland, Ken Davis, John Sheakoski, Nick Downs, Frank Zaffino, Tom Hilands, Paul Lammert, Costas Maranas, Mark Fedkin, Mark and Mary Hilliard, Jamie Volkert, John Wilcock, Marv Hall, Michael Goldfine, Dana Todd and newcomer Jim, John Pringle, Ron Cunfer, Lee Culver, Dave Miller, Mark Lee, Jerry Steffy, and Marty Mazur all found their way to the track.

Bwana called the tune: an ascending scale of 2-3-4-5 laps. The trick was to try to keep the same pitch through the whole arpeggio. After the 5-lapper, many of the runners were wheezing like an abused squeezebox and crying like a deranged street-corner hurdy-gurdy.

On a low note, Bwana was disappointed with some of tomorrow's milers who weren't there polishing their bows for the last big race. We hope that Tara Murray can still have a major achievement with her minor investment. We hope Marty Klanchar's rest leaves him augmented for tomorrow's run, rather than with diminished stamina. As for the rest of the no-shows, all Bwana can say is that they'll be in treble next time they show up at the track!