Allison and I went to Lubbock, TX to visit her father and aunt for the weekend. A few days before we headed down I Googled to see if there would, by chance, be a race in the Lubbock area on the weekend. As luck would have it, the West Texas Running Club was hosting it's annual "Toys 4 Tots" 4 mile cross country race on Saturday morning. We arrived at 9:30am to heavy fog, 28 degrees and light snow. But no wind!
The race was held at the park around the Mae Simmons Community Center. This is check-in at the community center. About 125 runners showed up for the fun. Each participant had to bring a toy for the "toys 4 tots" program in addition to the $10 entry fee
Doing some IT band stretching using a stretch Dizzy D showed me
The start/finish area. The course was 2.5 times around a figure-of-eight loop on the grass of the park. There were two small hils on each loop but at 3,000' elevation, my lungs didn't notice
Doing something I'm not accustomed to doing--running to warm-up before the race. This is apparently a good idea in short, fast races.
Just moments before the race with my main competition behind me. :-) I was pretty sure I was going to lose to that guy (and a number of others) and I was right.
And we're off!
My strategy involved hanging back and letting the others go out too fast. This actually worked. During the first loop I was in ~20th place.
Coming across the footbridge half way through the first loop
Coming back to the footbridge about to complete the first loop. I finished the first loop in about 11th place and would pass five more during the second loop.
Lapping a few people near the end of the second loop
Coming into the finish in 6th place. I pushed really hard to try to catch the fifth place runner (in blue tights) but ended up 7 seconds behind him at the finish
Closing in the gap but it was not to be
Finish. Despite what the clock shows, my official time was 26:20.9, sixth place overall with an average pace of 6:35/mile. Results at http://wtrunning.com/wp-content/themes/deluxe/rl/results/2011-4M-AGR-OA.txt
After the race we headed to the Lubbock Windmill Museum. I was surprised to see this model.
It turns out Daniel Halladay invented and manufactured the Halladay Standard windmill in starting in ca. 1854. It turns out [hot] wind runs in the Halladay family.
A 200' by 35' high mural in the museum features the Halladay Standard.
Later that day we checked out Lubbock's one and only rock gym. (TT campus has one but it's prohibitively expensive to visit for non-students). The rock gym is inside of an old cotton storage warehouse. Not heated and not at all insulated. We could see our breath while inside. Sending temps!
The gym opened in July 2011 and is still getting established. It features almost all bouldering walls and has potential. There are some roped climbs (in the background) that involve holds bolted into the concrete walls of the structure. Therefore, no features or steep roped climbing are involved. Again, it has potential (steeper wooden walls could be affixed to the vertical concrete walls).
Most of the walls are only slightly overhanging so the majority of the bouldering isn't terribly interesting but a steep "cave" was in the works