This is going to be a less structured post – just kind of a collection of some things that have been going on lately.
I left Tucson on March 1 and drove back to Boulder. After 14 hours behind the wheel, I finally got home at about 3 AM. Egads! I drank a gallon of iced tea on that drive, and it was great to get back. The training here is fantastic (as described in other posts), and it was so much fun to get back on the local roads and running trails.
Five days after getting back, my schedule called for me to do a 10km running race. The best I could find was a tiny 12km in Fort Collins, so… I went up to Fort Collins and ran 12km at 6:07/mile pace, winning by several minutes. Considering I wasn’t even acclimated to the elevation yet, I was pleased with the speed.
As March marched on, and my birthday approached (March 21), I was starting to get a little depressed about turning 30. So, it seemed like a good idea to fly to Atlanta for a gathering with friends. It was a great trip, featuring some partying, good times, and a race on my birthday, the ING Georgia Half Marathon. Me and two of my buddies doing the race decided we had to do it dressed as pro wrestling legends. Pritchard was Hulk Hogan, Garrett was Hacksaw Jim Duggan, and I went as Rowdy Roddy Piper. This was not a race I was tapered for (you might even say I was still feeling some of the after-effects of partying…), and I ran it wearing a kilt, but it went surprisingly well. It was a very tough course (2000 ft of climbing), but I still managed a 1:22:23, good for 23rd place overall out of 10,500 participants. Sweet! Just as importantly, it was my last running race of the year, which means my next race is going to be a triathlon. Finally!! Can’t wait for Wildflower on May 1!!
Until next time… keep training hard, and resting harder.