Do you know that you glow when you go from winter into spring? - Anthony Keidis
We're into spring now, but before we get too excited let's look back at the stellar performances from the winter block.
- 1/20 - Colorado School of Mines Twilight: Chris was the lone Kiwi to compete at CSM. Although kind of hosed by heat placement, he ran a tough race to win his mile heat in 4:39. The real triumph was realized in the final results sheet when it was discovered that he took down "master tactician" Bernard LaNgat (the "n" stands for not).
- 2/2 - Colorado Invitational: Although none were invited to compete in the sub-4 attempt held the night prior, a large contingent of Kiwis opened their seasons at the CU Invite. Charles made his OZAC debut, leading the 5k pack in 15:55. He was trailed by an Icarian Mike (5:00 @ 1600, 16:36 @ 5k) and a rust-busting David (16:57). Chaz also competed commendably, but mixed up his laps (pretty easy to do when you can't read the lap counter) and finished a 300m lap early in 15:07. Chris ran another strong mile, finishing in 4:26 - which if altitude conversion is considered bests his own club record in the indoor mile. Hearne ran a solid opener, kicking off his season with a 4:44 mile. Brandon, in the midst of marathon training, threw his hat into the mile also and ran 5:02.
- 2/24 - Illinois Club Relays: Hearne made the annual pilgrimage to his birthplace, the historic Illinois Armory (a beautiful example of a three-hinged arch), for Illinois Club Relays. There he raced the mile, setting a new indoor personal record of 4:37. Not only did he PR, but he dominated his heat. Sources say "he looked like a stallion" as he ran away from the field with 600m to go.
- 2/24 - Phoenix Marathon: Brandon decided that the snowless Denver winter was still not dry enough and traveled to Phoenix to compete in the Mesa-PHX Marathon. He ran 2:51:57, later saying of the race "I didn't realize that the downhills would take so much out of me."
- 3/3 - Woodlands Marathon: The allure of comped race entry fee, a crack at a Fukuoka qualifier, and steamed hams from Whataburger was enough to bring Mike to the Houston area for the Woodlands Marathon. Just three months removed from his sub-2:30 at CIM and with only a ten-week training block, Mike ran a strong race, finishing in 2:33:14 to take 2nd overall. With two competitive marathons in three months, Mike is well on his way to becoming Dish Network's Yuki Kawauchi. The story ended in heartbreak when Mike discovered that this race was, in fact, not a Fuk Qual, giving him two qualifying times on non-qualifying courses; he was left to wipe his tears with his $500 of winnings.