Speed Skating

Needless to say (but I’ll say it anyway) the weather has been wrecking havoc on our Tuesdays.  I’m not sure we’ve actually had a decent day of speedwork due to the conditions on the road or in the air.  I don’t remember it ever being like this.

The 2 mile time trial made it’s second showing and was as painful as usual (I’m pretty sure they’re supposed to be).  We had a really good sized group for such conditions.  We must have had a 20-25 mph wind out of the West (which is essentially the first 3/4 of a mile.  The roads were a hard packed snow which made it not quite ice (but close).  Obviously, in my mind at least the times were irrelevant and it was just going to be a “get through it” time trial.  Part of our female contingent made a showing (EW) and it was great to see her.  Once we started, Lawyer immediately jumped to the front and never looked back.  I tucked in behind Owens and let him break some wind for me.  I didn’t even check splits because I knew it would only frustrate me.  Once we turned before the mile to head up the big hill, I had a hard time getting any traction.  It was a total ice track.  It was akin to the speed skating that has been in the olympics lately (without the 30 mph speeds).  Though skates at that point up the hill would have helped me out.  We finished pretty much as expected.  I came through in 12:02 which actually surprised me a little bit.  Kudos to Hardy Breed Dan for a great run.  Very impressive given the conditions.  Everyone seemed a little beaten and battered from the wind and the snow.  I promised the next time we run that time trial it would be much better conditions.

The conditions are a touch better for today’s President’s Day 5k.  Same place and time.  It’s on.