So I woke up today just in time to see THE MIST roll in. Up at 8,500 feet, weird weather sometimes occurs, and as I was sipping on a coffee/protein shake mixture (whey protein as creamer!), a cloud rapidly enveloped Nederland. Now, anyone that has seen the movie "The Mist" knows that this narrative will likely end in creatures from another dimension causing everyone in a small town to kill each other.
But, as of now, we have been spared that carnage. However, the planned bike-day was scrapped by lack of visibility, which could mean only one thing:
HIGH ALTITUDE TRACK WORKOUT
I am an optimistic fellow, so I used the opportunity to rejoice that there is less air resistance at this elevation. I'll be like a baseball at Coors Field! Also, I like fog because the air sweats for you. In other news, you can't afford food after losing your job?? I HEAR EATING OUT OF TRASH CANS IS GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT.
Anyway, ran down to the high school track, and topped-off the 30 min warm-up with 3x100m hard. The plan was to do 200 meter repeats on 2:00, because I was worried about speed loss from Leadville. After praying to Steve Prefontaine, several Sherpas, and various species of mountain goat, I started the watch and burst out of the gate (with italicized thought process):
1) 29 seconds
Oooohhh, that felt good. Nothing like running fast to open up the lungs and legs. I AM SUPERMAN ('s jaundiced cousin).
2) 28 seconds
Okay, that didn't feel as good. Where is the oxygen??
3) 29 seconds
Oh god, WHHHHYYYYY??? If I was a Ghana soccer player, the pain would be enough to call a stretcher out.
4) 31 seconds
Baseball games move faster than this.
5) 28 seconds
I'M BACK! Watch out Usain, at this pace I will catch you sometime near the end of your victory lap.
6) 29 seconds
Why do I taste pennies??? WHAT AN OUTDATED STYLE OF CURRENCY.
7) 31 seconds
The second-to-last rep is always terrible. Though look at all those spots! My peripheral vision looks like a Twister mat! HALLUCINATION CAT TIME:
8) 26 seconds
Finished with a 30 minute cool-down through Magnolia (famous trail system), thrilled for the boost of confidence heading into some faster races over the next few weeks. Well, I assume I will be racing. If THE MIST brings monsters from another dimension, there might be a forced-rest period.