Splash Party

The near drought conditions we've experienced the second half of this year abated a bit this morning. We had a good soaking rain, which let up just in time for Jim Myers, John Domico, Lance Bland, Ken Davis, Tom Cali, Jim Moore, John Sheakoski, Tim Spigelmyer, Sherry Tirko, Andy Arndt, John Wilcock, Mark Lee, Ed Thompson, Dana Todd, and Marty Mazur to head to the track.

It didn't let up in time for the drenched track to dry out. Bwana had the crew do a downward ladder: 1K-800-600-400-200. Everybody's running style is different. Some kick water back at the runner behind them. Runners with a long follow-through kick end up soaking their own backs, shoulders, and heads. And people with little smacky steps get the runners on either side. But everybody gets wet!

Track would only have dampened the high spirits of some of the track-irregulars. Greg Luna was drying out after doing his duties this past weekend mopping up spills after the Beer 5K. George Lesieutre was telling one of his students that he was all wet. Costas Maranas, Marv Hall, Judd Michael, and Greg Dillon were having a liquid lunch of their own at some downtown taproom. and Tara Murray and Marty Klanchar were getting in a pre-Richmond Marathon soak, sitting in a hot tub and taking "muscle relaxers". You know, the kind with the little paper umbrellas.

Unflagging Speed

Indian Summer was back in full swing, with mild temperatures and hazy skies, as John Domico, Tom Cali, Bob Jones, Jim Myers, newcomer Bob Nelson, Ken Davis, Greg Dillon, Mark Fedkin, Monika Modest, Jim Moore, John Sheakoski, Michael Goldfine, Marty Klanchar, George Lesieutre, Judd Michael, Lance Bland, Tara Murray, Ann Skulas-Ray, Dana Todd, Tom Hilands, Sherry Tirko, Matt Soccio, Costas Maranas, Ed Thompson, Mike Casper, and Marty Mazur headed to the track.

It seems everyone but Bwana got to run the Half last weekend, so Bwana spent a good deal of time handing out kudos as well as welcoming newcomers and returnees. Then it was time to do the workout: 6X400 relays. Jim Myers had recruited a newbie for us, and you know how that can go on a relay day. Fast start, then crash and burn. But we also know the kind of recruits Jim has access to. Bob Nelson, who says he'll be extra sore tomorrow, nonetheless "executed the plan", never flagging from his initial pace.

Speaking of flagging, several of Bwana's perpetual also-rans were waving flags all over the place. Bob Cornwall, and Ron Cunfer were wearing orange vests and leaning against their shovels as Jay Lynch held up a red flag at the side of the road. Mark Traband was out in a field waving a red handkerchief at a bull. Nick Downs, who is back in school, was practicing his French: he was waiving a white flag. And Lee Culver was standing in a parking lot taking a semaphore refresher course.

Stiffening Up

It was a typical October afternoon: crisp (and stiff) breezes, cloudy skies, temperature in the low 50s. Greg Fredericks, Bob Jones, Jim Myers, Tom Cali, Ken Davis, John Sheakoski, Greg Dillon, Judd Michael, Marty Klanchar, Mark Fedkin, Tom Hilands, John Wilcock, Mark Lee, Mark Traband, Michael Goldfine, Dana Todd, Andy Arndt, newcomers Jeannie Houston and "Josh", Ruth Mick, Cheryl Capone, Sherry Tirko, Jamie Volkert, Monika Modest and her sister, and Marty Mazur headed for the track for the first real Fall Weather Workout.

Bwana had the shivering crew do a downward ladder: 1K-800-600-400-200, with each step at a faster pace than the previous. People were asking Bwana "Can we go inside"?. The Indoor Track sure looked inviting, especially when the runners hit the backstretch and ran into the stiff October breezes.

Several of the regulars stiffed Bwana today. Some were carrying valid excuses. Lee Culver is recovering from the 48 hour creeping crud, and his voice was stiff and raspy. And Tara Murray blew off track so she could do a 4 mile hill workout warmup in Bellefonte in the early morning, followed by a 12-mile Tussey run as the sun was setting. But John Domico was pitching his wife the "Tussey Bailout Plan" and trying to get her to front him the money for an Otto's Pub Club card. He met stiff resistance. Vicki Summers was still stiff as a board after her six mile Game Lands jaunt on Saturday. And Lance Bland and Dave Moore were pouring themselves some stiff drinks after reading the DCR Captain stats of "the new guy".

Girlie Men

It was a matchless autumn day: brisk, clear, and startlingly sunny, with an unseasonably moderate breeze, as Jim Myers, Dave Eggler, Bob Jones, John Domico, Tom Cali, Jim Moore, Lance Bland, Ken Davis, Tara Murray, Dana Todd, John Sheakoski, Nick Downs, Tom Hilands, Costas Maranas, Joe Bollinger, Scott Klettke, Kevin Becker, Ed Thompson, Cheryl Capone, Vicki Summers, and Marty Mazur headed for the track.

Bwana is out of practice. He's been "out of the loop" (literally, having had to miss the last two track workouts). So he's missed a lot of whining. Before we headed out, Costas asked if we were going to run inside today! When I told him it was too early in the year, he nearly had a hissy fit. At the track, Tom Hilands suggested we all do the "Girlie Man Supersets Workout". For those who don't know, Greg Dillon's "Supersets" workout is extremely tough. We did it once with the crew. If I ever do it again, I'll phone ahead for an EMT to be on standby. But Bwana has his own "lite" version of the thing. It's better known as the "Fortitude Workout": NX(400-200) where you run your 400 hard, take a short (100 m) recovery, then do your 200 at a faster pace. Tough, but compared to Greg's Supersets, it's definitely for wimps.

I say "wimps" rather than "girls" because the girls seem to have no trouble with the tough workouts. While we were doing the GMSS, Tara was finishing 8X800. She made it look easy, though she did say "This sucks!" as she passed. Some of the irregular Girlie Men were definitely wimping out today. Matt Soccio was, of course, doing his Richard Simmons Navy Seal Lite Workout. Jamie Volkert was under cover breaking up a ring of cross-dressing meth dealers. Greg Dillon was replacing all the danglies on his body-dreads. Ruth Mick was home whipping her new husband into shape. And Marty Klanchar was on the phone dealing with Martha Nelson's membership woes.

BTW, Lance Bland seemed to have a keen interest in whether "Bwanita" would be showing up at our next workout on Halloween Eve. Unfortunately, Bwana and Bwanita will be out of town for the next two weeks. Good luck to all in the coming races. See you in mid-November!

Seldom Scene

What a rare Fall day it was as John Domico, Tom Cali, Jim Moore, Ken Davis, Marty Klanchar, George Lesieutre, Lance Bland, Greg Dillon, Matt Soccio, Sherry Tirko, John Sheakoski, Brett Michaud, seldomers Jay Lynch and Vicki Summers, Cheryl Capone, Dana Todd, Ruth Mick, John Wilcock, Jamie Volkert, Mark Lee, Joe Bollinger, and Marty Mazur headed for the track.

Bwana coined a new word today: "seldomers". They're people who show up to track once in a Blue Moon, but who are always welcome for their special gifts. Vicki Summers is always a treat, so full of unnecessarily self-deprecating humor. And Jay Lynch can always be counted on to give it his best. Even if it's been a few months since his last appearance (it hasn't been this time), he wheezes through the prescribed workout. Bwana gave an easy workout: 2X1 Mile Indians. Easy, that is, if you get in the right group. Vicki had to drop out for a lap and a half on the first one, but came back with a vengeance on the second, setting a pretty good pace. Speaking of seldom seen, Ruth Mick made the scene with the slow group today, and even slowed *us* down!

Another seldom seen sight: Jamie's brother buzzed the crew in his sparkling Presidential Helicopter today. Jamie swears his brother wasn't transporting anyone important, but then again, why would Jamie's brother tell *him* if he was? My guess is he was using his infra-red seeker to scope out Dave Eggler, Marv Hall, Bob Cornwall, Lee Culver, John Pringle, Greg Luna, and some other seldom seens. I doubt if IR would have helped. I think some of these people have assumed room temperature.