Week of November 21 - 27

Turkey Week.

Fun week trying to do a little of everything but not much of anything in particular. Training fell victim to family, travel, and lack of snow but I'm not concerned with the break in activity. Surprisingly most of my activity was running, capped off with the Purity Spring Turkey Trot. That race is right down the road and we also needed to borrow some chairs / table for Thanksgiving so there's really no excuse to skip out. It's also a good motivator as the young punks show up and I haven't done anything uptempo in a while. The course is on the nordic trails behind the Inn - a couple laps and this year the course was in good condition (no snow) but still quite a bit of leaf litter. I broke out some new HOKA Speedgoats for the occasion and was excited to see how the lack of running would result in this 5k. From the start I wasn't too surprised to settle into 6th place. This happens at most races where kids go out too hard. I wasn't feeling fast but knew I what pace I had in me so at least I would race smart and put down the fastest time I was capable of. On the second lap I moved up to 4th place, keeping Torin LaLiberte and Andrew Doherty within 10 seconds. Torin won last year so my goal was to keep him in range. On the second lap they weren't slowing down and kept a gap on me. After the last climb I was able to catch up and pass both of them with a half mile to go. The winner, Taylor Days-Merrill had a healthy gap on all of us but I was able to hold on to second place to keep my podium streak alive. I'm happy with my effort, and given my lack of run fitness I wasn't surprised to be a little slower pace than last year. On the positive side, all the biking and hiking seems to be paying off and hopefully that will translate to a respectable SkiMo fitness. 

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