Well, it’s fair to say the physical work is getting easier, since we’re now smack dab in the middle of our two week taper. But not so much for the mental aspect of things. I guess all we can really do is prepare. Prepare for the worst, hope for the best, as they say. In our preparation, we kicked off the week with 500’s. Our last 500s workout, and our last true track workout for the season. It’s hard saying goodbye to our track, and letting the winter do its damage to her until spring rolls around. Oh well.
On Tuesday we had an easy run. I’m sure most of you loyal readers have figured out a pattern here. Wednesday was another long run for the Varsity team. We decided to run past Pig Poop one more time, even though I’m sure we’ll be seeing plenty more of that nose cringing pile of ripe pig droppings. Unfortunately. And it was race-prep for JV boys, as the JV Championships were on Thursday. And I think it’s fair to say that they ran their brains out. Might as well, right? Nothing left afterwards except to sit back and watch Varsity lose their minds until States. There’s no JV girls team because there are only seven girls on the team, so making Varsity wasn’t exactly a challenge for them this year. Good thing too, as that allowed everyone not racing to head down the road to Northwood Meadows and crank out a smooth tempo run around the lake. A side note, this was Senior and Co-captain Logan Traffie’s last high school Cross Country race. Just thought I’d add that in there, so if you see him, don’t forget to congratulate him on a job well done.
On Friday, the remaining athletes, and some JV athletes, that for some reason decided to stick around, did a decent easy run split with some hill cresting prep. Nothing too fancy. I shouldn’t complain about JV sticking around though, it can get pretty lonely as the end of the season closes in. And it just wouldn’t feel like cross practice without Logeypoo. No race again this weekend. It’s starting to feel weird. I don’t know what to do with myself on Saturdays without meets. But it’ll be the last one for a few more weeks. Hopefully. I guess I should save the real motivational writing for next week, so I’ll just say this: it’s time to prepare. And prepare we will.
“Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.” -Bobby Unser