mon 8 miles 54 min railbed workout 3x1500 535 457 454 the first one finished with a climb thats easy if your not trying to run fast. if you are trying to run fast its not easy. the other 2 are slightly downhill, maybe 2% grade. feeing good about the effort. sontag ran it too and ran well (549 530 520). then i went bowling. had a 600 series in league (190 205 205). after that, about ten of us stayed to bowl more. we put a dollar each in the pool for every game, high score gets the money, no handicaps. i had some good games 222 190 211 but didnt win. the last game everyone was on fire (6 people over 200). i had a bad start and was only 67 in the 4th frame. i started to pile up some strikes. i had 6 in a row and needed 1 more to win (the score to beat was 236). i got 2 more strikes and won with a 247. i needed this kind of an afternoon/night after a tough day at school. yup you heard right, still have 2 more days of school.
tues 5 miles with the kid. it was hot and we wanted it to rain. it didn't happen. i wasn't sore, which was a big surprise. i guess 4 hours of bowling right after a workout is a good cooldown.
weds bowling 643 series (225 184 234). stayed to bowl more 218 202.
fri/sat did an overnight trail relay at northfield mountain. i raced 3 times in 11 hours. it was a total of 15 miles, but it felt like a lot more than that. it was a lot of fun. thats all i got for a race report right now. lazy.
sunday- really sore but at least i can walk. i guess ill do a race report now. it was an 8 man trail relay at northfield mountain, with each of us racing 3 times for a total of about 15 miles. we had a solid team put together (me, jonny, bob, seth, gazelle, wooley, garvin, and galoob). i expected to be the slowest guy by a bit, but i was thinking if i was the slowest then our team was pretty good. greg was on another team, but he got to hang out with us a lot, so that was cool. i got there at 3 and met up with the guys. once i settled in i started having fun. jonny was very concerned with how many chromium replacement beverages i might drink, but i wanted to race well for the team, so it wasn't going to be an issue. my first loop was at 6pm. i was happy to start with the hardest one, 6.5 miles with 2 killer climbs (29 of the first 33 minutes). then it was almost all downhill and single track. i ran hard, like it was the only race i would run that day. i did it in 53:30, which was close to bobs super spreadsheet prediction. the 2nd one was at 11pm, a 4.8 mile loop. on paper it was easier (one 15 min climb, then a ton of single track descent) but i was slipping a lot due to how wet everything got. i killed the climb, then ran hard when i could on everything else. i was frustrated with how the conditions limited how fast i ran down the mountain. i finished in 40:50 but felt i could've gone way faster if it was dry. i started the 3rd loop at 430am (3.5 miles with an 8 min climb). since it was my last one, i was prepared to turn myself inside to run a good time. i absolutely destroyed myself on the climb, maybe a bit too much. i got to the top and was gassed. i struggled for about a minute, then i was able to start hammering the descent. it was on a dirt and grass road so there was no issue with slipping. i saw a one mile to go sign and found another gear. i ran a 554 last mile and finished in 24:20 something. i was spent. i staggered to our campsite and opened possibly the most well deserved chromium replacement beverage ive ever had. a few hours later, bob ran past us and we followed him across the finish line. im not sure if we won, but i don't think any of us got passed at any point, so i like our chances. i had a great time hanging out with the guys. im really happy they asked me to be on the team.