Monday, April 30, 2007

Free State Trail Run


I don't know what was wrong with me last Saturday, but I hit the wall big time. I was signed up for the 40-mile version. I missed the Rockin K marathon earlier this month with a bum foot, so I was a little worried about the distance. The first 21 mile loop went fine. Lance, Cody and I ran together for most of the loop and we finished it in about 3 1/2 hrs. We were on a pretty good pace for a sub 8 hr time. The second loop turned into a death march for me. By the time I got to the Land's End aid station I had stopped looking at my watch. I felt terrible. I finally stumbled onward and made it into the KUS aid station. I found Lance and Gabe there and I ate some watermelon and drank some water. The three of us left together and made decent progress for a couple of miles. I stopped because I thought I was going to puke. I sat there for a couple of minutes and then I decided to lay down and rest for awhile. A few runners went by (Thanks Stuart and Willie) and said they would tell the land's end aid station that there was a man down. A little while later Sarah came by and asked me what I was doing. I informed her that I was tired and was taking a rest. She was having knee problems so she decided to keep me company for a bit. We finally decided to try and make to the aid station so we both started walking. We had only been going a few minutes when BadBen and Jesse came running down the trail. They both looked a little worried. I asked Ben if he thought I should try to finish. After he told me NO! I was okay with dropping out. I'm kind of disappointed, but at what point does it become pointless to continue. Would it have been worth risking further damage to keep going or was I just being a wuss? I always ask myself questions like these after a DNF. I just look at it this way. I got in a nice 32 mile training run and I got to get sick and puke in a trashbag in the car on the way home. The weird part was that my legs felt fine during the race, no cramping or any other problems. My stomach just went sour. I guess that's what I get for underestimating the heat and humidity.
Kyle put in another strong run, almost breaking 10 hrs for the 100k!!! Cody decided to drop down to the 40 mile and finished in 8:15( He really looks like he's enjoying his run in the top photo, doesn't he). Lots of other local trail runners had good races as well( http://www.psychowyco.com/id1.html ). Our Vasque shoe rep Dan Dehlin smoked the marathon in 2:40 and fellow trail nerd Mike Swords ran a 3:12! Great job on the 1st annual and a big thanks to everyone who helped out!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

1998 Amstel Gold Race

I'll bet that hurt. Sunderland ended up with a brain hemorrage from that crash.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Blah.


I wanted to post, but I can't think of anything worth saying. I'm in a funk.

Monday, April 16, 2007

O'Grady wins 105th Paris-Roubaix!



Stuart O'Grady won the 105th edition of Paris-Roubaix over the weekend. In doing so, he became the first Aussie ever in the race's top three. The race covers 260 kilomaters through northern France. The course includes 28 sections of pave(cobbles) and finishes on the velodrome in Roubaix. This is one mean race! Some of the worst cycling crashes and injuries occur in this race. If you win it, you are a Stud. Check out the report at www.cyclingnews.com . After helping Stacey celebrate her birthday on Saturday night I didn't feel like getting up early, so I went to church with the family and then went for a solo run at Wyco. It was super slow and MUDDY, but no ticks.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Shrooms

I've been hoping to find me a mess ov shrooms, but I don't know if I'm gonna have much luck with this cold weather. One other thing-Many of you may have read my older post about how to give yourself a self-exam for gayness. I am working on some new additions for the list but here's a tidbit. If you choose the VEGAN dish after Brew to Brew---you are an extreme flamer!

Saturday, April 7, 2007

The most scenic trails?


The question recently posed on the KC trailrunning group site was this- Where are the most scenic places to run in the KC area? I would have to say that the North Shore trails at Clinton lake in Lawrence have the most to offer. I am a bit partial to the Wyandotte County Lake bridle trail(also the Psycho Wyco race course), but the Clinton trails have a little more to offer in my opinion. Where else around here can you run ( or ride) a 20+ mile loop without seeing the same terrain twice? Lake views, rocks, roots, water crossings, fast sections, and just enough climbing to keep things interesting. These trails pretty much have it all. Try them out for yourself on April 28- http://www.psychowyco.com/id1.html You've been training, right?

Friday, April 6, 2007

Brew2Brew part 2


Last weekend I crewed at Brew to Brew for my brother Cody, who was doing it solo. I thought he did pretty well considering his training program has been pretty mellow since Psycho Wyco. He ran the first half of the race with Gabe. He struggled a little in the middle of the race, but he recovered and finished in 7:56 for 15th place out of 39 male finishers. I ended up running part of leg 7 and legs 9 & 10 with him. Gabe ran strong. Jacque Jackson ran strong too-she won the female solo. I looked for Markos out on the course. He ran the Olathe marathon the day before and was attempting a solo brew2brew. I found out later he dropped midway through-I can't say I blame him. It turned out to be a pretty fun day. Cody's friend Keith (mine too I guess) came out to Lawrence after the race. We chowed down and had a few beers at Free State Brewery afterwards. They do need to cap the race next year though, there were just too many cars and people (www.brewtobrew.com). On the way home traffic was moving pretty fast. I'd say I averaged about 95. At the toll booth on I-70 I raced a rice burner(fartpipe racer) honda. I got the ol' Ford freestyle up to 115 mph before we got into traffic. Yes, I won! I'm sitting out Rockin K with a bum foot. I have gout...again! I'm pretty disappointed. I really felt like I was ready to run a good race out there.