2012 Mardi Gras 10k

i raced this course last year, and since it is held at a local brewery (Terrapin Brewery), i decided to come back and race again. it fits very well in my early-season schedule, is not a 5k, and i won last year (2011 Mardi Gras 10k results), so i wanted to try and defend my title.

i found out the day before that it was a NOON start as opposed to the typical early morning start, and since i had to work that day, i was unsure that i would be able to race. luckily my shifts as a prep cook are pretty flexible (thanks to mike bradshaw – owner of the grill!), so i was able to get most of my work done before i had to head to the race. since the brewery is only a mile and a half or so from work, i rode my bike to the race. this let me stretch my legs a bit and not have to worry about parking.

when i got to the brewery, i checked in, got my number, and talked to mark and david of (Athens Running Company) for a bit. they more-or-less ‘sponsor’ me as i run in their gear and they give me a pretty sizable discount on said gear. works for me. and them. while changing and warming up, i spied the competition and tried to pick out who i would have to battle. i saw a couple of guys that looked like they might challenge (including one in an Atlanta Track Club singlet) and a couple of others. after racing for a few years and seeing familiar faces, i am usually pretty good about picking out who can run.

the race was running a few minutes late, so there was a few extra minutes to warm up a bit. the temperature was good, especially with the cloud cover (we had cool rain last year), so this was just to stretch out a bit. i lined up at the front as usual and WENT as ‘start’ was called. i immediately jumped behind the athens-clarke police department motorcycle escort and got up to speed pretty quickly. i already sensed that there was no one with me. i kept the gas on as much as i felt i had to, but with no one to run with (i peaked around a few times during the race), it was just a time trial for me. i kept it well within my comfort zone while still knocking out some quality miles. i finished in first and immediately went back out on the course to cheer some of the other runners on. i did not know any of the other racers this year personally, so i could just yell the generic ‘go runner!’ greetings. the second place finisher came up to me and we chatted a bit.

i stuck around to cheer on the runners as long as i could, but i had to get back to work. like last year (and i feel like a jerk for having to do it), i had to leave before the awards were given out. sorry, guys!

i want to thank any and all associated with the race (ESPECIALLY the volunteers), terrapin brewery (thanks for the hospitality – and the free beer i had to miss out on!), the city of athens-clarke county, athens running company, brooks running company (i raced in the pure connect this time), and my bo$$ for continuing to let me pursue my dream/passion.


my data file from the race including a map


time to change things up a bit…

while i was going to use this forum to pretty much just post about the awful beers that i drink, i came to a few conclusions recently:  i do a LOT more than drink crappy beers, and i really do not even drink much anymore – crappy beers or not.  so.

since i spend much more time training and racing (on the bikes and the feets) i will use this as a posting board for those endeavours that you MIGHT want to read about.   plus, it will give me more of a chance to actually post here more than once a month.  but no offense if you have no interest in reading.


more crappy beer!

This has been a cheap and crappy go-to for sometime. You can usually find it for just over a dollar for a 24 ounce can or double-duece bottle. I actually kinda like it.

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a new crappy beer.

i give it ONE thumbs up.

Had a new crappy beer yesterday: michelob ultra lime cactus. Wow. Even by my poor standards this was a new low. I did not even realise it was 4% when I bought it. It was very drinkable, however. Even when warm. Instead of being labeled beer, they should call it slightly alcoholic lime soda, because that is basically what it was.

Picture to follow. Maybe.  (or for sure.)