Towers April 5: 14 out of 22 PR

The spring PR season is clearly in full swing. Last time out we had 13 personal bests, but this time up we went one better with 14. When will this madness end? There were a total of 26 runners, 4 new and 22 returning, which means a PR strike rate of 64 percent.

Off the charts!

Perhaps the most notable PR of the night came from one of The Hill’s most loyal customers. Alex May has been toiling away on Towers for two years now, so you’d think personal bests would be marginal at this stage. But oh no, how about a huge 90 second PR, people!?

It took a slight revisit of his lunch, but Pete Stevenson wasn’t far behind Alex in the outstanding-run-of-the-evening award. The bearded one sliced almost a minute off his PR for an impressive 31:31. Also impressive was Brian B who put up a fourth PR in a row, and then we had Burch, Elijah, Katie and Mike E putting up their third consecutive bests.

Virtual insanity!

We move to the upper lot for a run at Horsetooth Rock in two weeks. See you there!

PRs:
Alex M
Pete S
Elijah
Cat
Burch
Peter P
Brian B
Ramon
Mike E
Mike H
Jen J
Matt J
Katie R
Jenn G

Woot!

Batting 1.000 on Towers in 2012

Alex May
Brian Stefanovic
Brian Walter
Katie Robinson
Pete Stevenson
Ryan Burch

Towers 3/23: 4 Under 30, 13 PRs

The ice was all but a distant memory, the wind was barely noticeable, the temperatures were in the high 50s, and we had daylight the whole way up. With (almost) perfect conditions for the first Towers time trial of the spring season, we had a record 13 runners register personal records, four guys run under 30 minutes, and the issuance of a serious threat-down from Steph Lynn to Jenn Malmberg’s FKT.

In total, 34 runners started out from the Soderberg trailhead, six of them new to the hill, which means 46 percent of the Towers veterans posted a PR. Impressive stuff folks. And we still have six determined runners batting 1.000 for 2012.

We’ll be back to do it all over again in two weeks.

Tonight’s PRs
Elijah
Brian B
Mike E
Tim Erickson
Cat Speights
Katie Robinson
John Korfmacher
Mike R
Brian Erb
Ryan Burch
Steph Lynn
Shannon Price
Zach Kauffman

Batting 1.000 on Towers in 2012

Alex May
Brian Stefanovic
Brian Walter
Katie Robinson
Pete Stevenson
Ryan Burch

Towers 3-9-2012

The conditions on Towers were about as good as we’ve seen them all year, but still less than ideal, with a few scrapings of ice in the usual shaded corners and additional snow and ice up high. Fully 20 percent (4) of the 20 who started out from the Soderberg trailhead reached the summit in personal records, which I guess shows how good the track was (or just how fit these specimens were) last night.

This was the last lights-required Towers TT of winter and we were treated to a huge and very orange full moon off to the east as we made our way down, so lights were in fact optional. For the next one, conditions should be stellar and hopefully people will be cranking PRs left right and center, and maybe we’ll sprinkle an FKT or two in there too.

Some pics and text from Alex

Tonight’s PRs

Katie Robinson
John Korfmacher
Mike E
Zach Kauffman

Batting 1.000 on Towers in 2012

Alex May
Brian Stefanovic
Brian Walter
Katie Robinson
Pete Stevenson
Ryan Burch

Towers 2-23

Another 18-runner (one-dog) turnout on Towers last night. While the conditions underfoot were distinctly winter-like, runners started off without the need for headlamps and then enjoyed the transition to a beautifully clear and starlit night. Another couple of Towers sessions and I think we can leave the headlights at home – a sure sign that we’re turning the corner on winter.

Conditions ranged from dirt, to ruts, to crunchy ice, to a dusting of snow, to inches of snow, to knee-deep post-holing. A real mixed bag for sure, but way better than last time out, I am told.

We’ll have another 15 minutes of daylight for the next outing on March 8, in addition to a full moon. Headlights optional?

Batting 100 on Towers in 2012:

Alex May
Brian Stefanovic
Brian Walter
Katie Robinson
Mindy Clarke
Pete Stevenson
Ryan Burch
Steph Lynn