I ran my first race of the season today. The day started nice and sunny but the day got worse by the hour. I joined Team Library Dork and we slipped into the library before the race for warm bathrooms, warm coffee and a little Metallica to get ready for the race. I finished in 28:08 slower than I wanted but the course contained three hills that really slowed my time. Also, it started snowing during the race and I found that just special. Team Library Dork made out pretty well. Slowrunner77 took 3rd place overall, Snow Lep and I took age-group prizes and Turi finished ahead of Snow Lep and I, but ran in a more populated age-group and missed out. I never believed I'd be the slow man on a team so I got some homework to do to climb the team ladder.
Based on the course's hills I consider the race much like a triathlon leg so I feel I get the opportunity to post some improved times during triathlons later in the year.
After the race, we sampled Avery Brewing's Hog Heaven Barleywine and Alaska Brewing's Barleywine. While we lacked a bonfire, It seemed pretty cool to sip a proper malt beverage in the snow. Slowrunner ranked Hog Heaven higher, Turi ranked Alaska higher, Snow Lep thought they both seemed pretty strong and I barely rank Hog Heaven higher because of the hop profile, but I really waffled.
Well Week One training went well and we'll see what happens March 16th -- my next race.