The first two "days" were both OUSA-sanctioned A-meets, at Peter's new map at Earl's Trails, which also happens to be an amazing place to ride mountain bikes. And now it's mapped. Worlds colliding! Those two events went off great, and then it was my turn, hosting a sprint at the UMass campus. That went off pretty great too, and then many of the competitors ended up at Bub's barbecue, which was also great. So far, so good!
Ed did his usual awesome displays, which people seem to enjoy. He and Valerie, pictured below, are awesome people to have on your side when you're putting on a meet.
Map from UMass.
I particularly like this one - Brendan is all set to go do another race, and Presto was NOT interested in moving forward. Eventually they came to some sort of agreement and started out.
Pretty nice arena for the UMass sprint. stadium seating!
Andrew working on winning the finish split.
Finishing up the Cemetery Hill sprint in front of two of the cutest spectators, who had been charged to cheer loudly.
They got more animated when their dad came down the finish chute.
Giacomo and Carl sprinting for the finish; I didn't get Giacomo (he won), but I did beat Carl! Pays to go in the right direction!
This ends the last of my big training weeks - now it's time to sharpen and taper, and then I get to run up a big hill with a number pinned to my chest. Wahoo!