•on July 31st, 2011
Have you ever been to a family reunion? Not fun. If you knew ALL of my family, not fun. But, I suppose some still enjoy hanging out with that weird cousin you don’t really know, and then once you get to know them, you wish you forgot what they told you about them. Don’t forget that creepy relative that no one really knows how he’s related to anyone. We all got ‘em. Do some genealogy, you might find that you’re connected to some icons in history. Then again, you might realize that you’re tied to Theodore John Kaczynski. -You know him as Uncle Ted. I think this is why Mark Zuckerberg invented Facebook. Stay in touch without being touched. Genius!
Jacob Olson, kicking and screaming, attended his family reunion this weekend in Denver, Colorado. One can only take so much of distant relatives. In comes Brandon to the rescue! I took Jake on a few trail runs in the Front Range. Being a kid from the middle of Nebraska I thought he enjoyed the picturesque views that Colorado has to offer, surely not the company, or just needed freedom from the fam. Either way, I had a good time running with him. How do I know Jake? Jake will be a Senior at Kearney High School in Kearney, Nebraska this coming Fall. Which, just happens to be my alma mater. -Insert soapbox here. Kearney High School is the mecca in high school track and field and cross country. This poedunk school consistently produces some of the top runners in high school every year. Do some research, after you find those long lost relatives. One of the shirts Jake was wearing read “19 YEARS” and under had a list of all the accomplishments of the program. -Pretty ridiculous. Kearney High hasn’t lost a track meet in the past TWO DECADES. HOW? -I don’t really know. And it’s not just because they’re in the middle of nowhere. Their marks are no joke. example: Jacob Olson | 1:53 | 4:18 -as a Junior! STUD! -But between you and me, he had a hard time keeping up with this veteran.
Jake is the epitome of Kearney; humble and hardworking. -Good luck this year Jacob.
•on July 18th, 2011
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•on July 4th, 2011
BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE as Jessop wins TNT Duathlon in Lincoln, Nebraska with a time of 52:47.
Ammunition round or explosive that fails to fire or detonate, respectively, on time or on command.
July 3, 2011 was… a dud. With a Nebraska rain storm lingering over Lincoln’s Pioneers Park on the morning of, race director Gary Bredehoft opted to push back the start time to 8:30. Then, shooting to make the gap between fronts, Gary once again moved the start time, only this time to 8:00. -This announcement was made around 7:45-7:50. I have NEVER seen a race delayed, and then moved up with such short notice. It kind of shows you the severity of the weather in the Midwest, and how fast it can change. The big orange ball in the sky started to show, the course was wet with puddles in spots, but not too bad. Late arrivals were still making their way to transition unaware of the new eight o’clock start time. Even a few DNS (Did Not Start), due to inclement weather, or hazardous course conditions, or maybe just wanted to hide in bed on a questionable Sunday morning. Funny thing is, It turned out to be a beautiful day. Oh well, their loss. Maybe next year.
I went out in 5:01 on the first mile of the out-and-back two mile run. Perfect. Then I came up the “Choo-choo hill” that just gave me a 5:01 and then it stole a few seconds back as I made my way back up. It was generous to give me a few more beats per minute, which I could have done without on the climb headed back to transition. A little over halfway through my first run and I felt my goal fizzle away. At that point I changed my “race” to a 70.3 training session. 24+mph at a “comfortable” effort, followed by a one mile run at 13.1 pace. Kind of like a brick workout. I was a bit fast on my run coming off the bike, but I’d rather it be too fast instead of too slow. In a 70.3 I might pay for such a misjudgement of pace over that longer distance. And as far as the last mile, that was a cool down.
A BIG THANKS to Ann Ringlein at the Lincoln Running Company for giving me some much-needed Trigger Point gear for first place honors.
Moral of the story: I guess you’re not suppose to get fireworks wet.