The Interval, 4/4/18

Team Tronky at the Lockhart Stampede 5K. Photo courtesy of Carmen Troncoso.

I was lucky to train with Carmen Troncoso’s group (Team Tronky) for a few years.  Her group is ideal for people looking to do well in shorter road races, half marathon or less.  She is also great in teaching runners how to adapt their training in response to aging or injury.  One of the highlights of their spring is running the Lockhart Stampede 5K.  As usual, Team Tronky dominated.  Carmen sent me her race recap:

NACHO LIBRE…(translation NO NACHO*)

This team makes the pilgrimage to Lockhart Texas every year to test our fitness, as we get 1 year older and this year was no exception (only Nacho* wasn’t there), we did it AND we are a year older!.  We always feel a hint of Summer in the air AND BBQ in the hair, we are in Lockhart Texas after
all.  This year the weather was not ideal but everybody gave it their all and the results speak for themselves.

We took the Team Title (sans Nacho*), besting our 2nd place from last year.  Dominic’s 17:24’ and Lauren’s 18:36’ helped our cause by winning overall male and female.  Dominic Rosato dominated the race after the first mile, while Lauren Davis had to work a little more coming from behind, nipping Cassandra Henkiel in the last stretch (18:39’). Cassie got the 40-49 title, and Carmen (moi) took the 50-59 title in 19:50’.  The race in the 40-49 female AG was fierce with 2nd to 5th places separated by a mere 20 secs.  Laura Mitchell took 2nd (21:03’), Sunday Patterson was 3rd (21:08’), Mandy Plante (21:17’) and
Cindy Saiter rounded up 5 th place (21:23’).  J.T. Buser took 3rd in the 40-49 AG (21:35).  In the 50-59 male AG John Shumaker won with a 21:37’, Carl Dufy took 4th.  And in the 60-69 AG Gary Stroud took 4th …that is a mighty competitive AG!

Those are the numbers, but what remains is all the memories we keep accumulating by training together, racing together and of course eating BBQ together.  I’m sure we will return next year, perhaps Nacho* will be back.
Most of us went home with cowbells of various sizes, and Lauren and Dominic acquired a very unique piece of garden décor.

I’m sure by now you all want to know WHO IS NACHO?

*My brother, who comes almost every year during Easter.
I was surprised on his first year when he won his AG and came in the top 5 runners, so he returns most years.  He couldn’t make it this year and everybody asked “Where is Nacho?”

Thanks and congratulations to Carmen and Team Tronky.  Full results for the Lockhard Stampede 5K are here.

Lockhart Stampede winner Dominic Rosato with his new windmill. Photo courtesy of Carmen Troncoso.

Texas State University hosted a track meet, the Bobcat Invitational, somewhat coordinated with the Texas Relays.  The extremely talented and versatile Mike Kurvach ran in the 5K on Friday and took second in 14:52 (4:45 min/mile).  That’s 5 days after winning The Maze 30K, a technical trail race.  Results are here.

I went to the Texas Relays on Friday afternoon and enjoyed watching a bunch of events, mostly high school runners.  I wish I had time over the weekend to watch the top college and pro athletes.  Maybe next year.  Here is a recap from the UT sports website.

Interesting Articles

A bunch of articles this week, starting with David Roche for Trail Runner on the value of cross training.  I’m firmly in his category of “if you’re injury prone or over 40, cross training is a wonderful tool to develop aerobically without impact.”

The Guardian has a nice piece on the growth of ultramarathons, by some measures over 1000% in the last decade.  (HT to Dan Hannon.)

Cap10K is this weekend.  Pam LeBlanc interviewed Jane Norwood, who will run her 40th straight Cap10K.  She was too intimidated by the prospect of racing to run the first, in 1978, but she’s run all the rest.  She was diagnosed 4 years ago with Parkinson’s disease but is still active.

Also on Cap10K, an article from The Loop on former champion Bernard Manirakiza, one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet.  Head over to The Loop and he’ll help you find the perfect running shoe.

Check out this video from a participant in the 2018 Barkley Marathons.  He completed 2 loops.

Ryan Sandes and Ryno Griesel set a new FKT on the Grand Himalaya Trail.  The completed the 870 mile route in 25 days, over 3 days ahead of the previous record.

Runner’s World has a good article and interview with Chris Mocko, the creator of the popular vlog The Mocko Show.

A great article that is also a marketing piece, about Ann Trason and the early days of GU.  Trason is a legend, a 14 time winner of Western States, and still the holder of the course record at Leadville 100.  Before GU “…most of us ate jelly beans and hard candies.”  She set a world record in the 100K while using an early version of GU.

Upcoming Races

Cap10K is Sunday.  The Statesman today had an article about Joe Stilin, the UT alum who will be back in town for Cap10K.  He recently ran a 29:07 on the track so he might have a shot a the course record of 29:34 held by Eric Chirchir since 2013

The Hells Hills trail races are on Satuday.  This Tejas Trails event is at the Rocky Hill Ranch near Smithville and includes races at 10K, 25K, 50K, and 50M.

The spring 5K season is upon us and one of the biggest races in Austin is the Daisy 5K.  The Austin Runner’s Club is hosting the Daisy 5K on Saturday, May 19 at Camp Mabry. You can get a 10% discount by using the code MK18.