Thursday, November 27, 2008

Twitter Updates for 2008-11-27

  • Fasil Bizuneh 9th in Manchester (Conn.) Road Race in 22:20. (The race is 4.748 miles long.) Gobble, gobble! #
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Monday, November 24, 2008

Twitter Updates for 2008-11-24

  • Sean Quigley 5th fastest leg (29:00), Simon Bairu 6th fastest leg (29:07) at Chiba International Ekiden in Japan. #
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Friday, November 21, 2008

Twitter Updates for 2008-11-21

  • Wishing Simon Bairu good travels and racing in Japan for Monday’s Chiba Ekiden. #
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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Twitter Updates for 2008-11-19

  • wishing Sean Quigley an enjoyable and speedy run as part of Team USA at Monday’s Chiba Ekiden in Japan. #
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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Flagstaff Base Camp Q&A

tegautograph.jpgWhile Matt Tegenkamp, Chris Solinsky and Tim Nelson gear up to answer your questions via video, here’s a first round of queries with Matt done old school, pen to paper. (Well, fingers to iPhone.) Keep your questions for the trio coming in the comment section below. For now…

How soon into your first run at 8,000 feet did you get hit with the feeling that something was different?
First off, Flagstaff is at 7,000 feet, and we are to scared to go any higher at this moment. We will be experiencing our first taste of 8,000 on the long run this Sunday on the famed waterline route. Overall, though, we adjusted just fine, which is great since this is our first time at altitude.

Are you training with any of the many other runners there in Flagstaff?
We meet with other Flagstaff locals on the Thursday bagel run, including Martin Fagan and Andrew Lemoncello. It is a good run and nice to visit with others. However, I think we got in trouble last week because we (I) ran too hard. Hopefully they won’t mind next week. I promise to run easier!!

Now that you’ve been there awhile, are you starting to feel different while running?
If you mean, are runs getting any easier, I would say no, we are still breathing heavy and hills suck. I don’t think that will change while we are up here.

Other than the altitude, how, if at all, does that differ from what you were doing at the same time last year?
In the past we did not visit the track during base-building period. That is different this year, and I am very happy about it. The reason that we did not use the track much in the past was due to the Madison winters, which would put us indoors, and the body can only handle so much of that. The reason that I still like using the track during base building is because we spend eight months out of the year trying to sharpen up on the track, and by the end of the season you have taken training to a new level. Then, in the past, we left the track for four months, and it felt like you had to start all over the next season. Now we get to build off of our previous track season.

Which of you, Chris and Tim seem least affected by the altitude?
It’s hard to say because we are all doing different milage. Tim is doing the most by a lot, and I am doing the least, so I would say I feel the least worn down. But I really think we all adjusted to the altitude very well. We are looking forward to seeing the benefits.

Have you run into Jack Daniels yet?

We did run into him one morning, and it was the first time we officially introduced ourselves. He was looking out for us, making sure we had everything we needed and gave us some pointers (as well has a few a few stories). He has a great thing going in Flagstaff and we want to thank him for helping us out during our stay.

With being away from home during base training, what else do you do all day?
Not a lot, we our kind of treating it like training camp. However, Solinsky and I came prepared; he brought his PS3 and I brought the Wii. That helps kill the time. We have had visitors. An old teammate, Tim Keller, came up, and my wife did another weekend. Both will be back for Thanksgiving. We have been downtown a few times and have spent hours in the grocery store. (I take forever but save a lot of money finding deals.) We are planning a trip to the Grand Canyon next weekend, which will be a great experience. I am sure we will get down to Sedona as well. The time is actually going by pretty fast.

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