Starting the year off with a bang!
Our high school stand out, Ali Schwein, has had a fantastic swim build this senior year. She qualified for sectionals with a personal best in the 100 free with a 1:01 and 5:59 in the 500. In between all of this lap time in the pool, she took a break and ran her first half marathon(1:49) in Disney over winter break (with her Mom). She finished 5th in her AG out of 374(That’s top 1.3% in her AG); 310th overall out of 20k+ runners. Pretty solid for someone who we didn’t have run more than 8 miles in her training.
The Coach took his new standard winter break and did the Gasparilla Ultra Classic in Tampa. This included a 15k/5k on Saturday and Half Marathon on Sunday. The goal was to get the coveted top 10% finishers mug in the 5k. Mission accomplished. They total the run times for all 3 events and gave him a top 5 in the AG of 45-49’ers and a faster half marathon than 2014. This race is first class and the shirts/jacket/medals are pretty sweet for a reasonable entry fee. This event is HIGHLY recommended. They sold out this year with 30K+ participants in all the events. It’s a great break from this awful Michigan winters. We are about 4-6 weeks away from folks starting to get their bikes on the road; so the season is going to be on us sooner than later. Time to get started!