I have enjoy a lot of success over the past three seasons, so I decided to start things off with the on the same note and race the Starting Block 10k in Vernon. The race is a must do for me as the weather and road conditions in the Okanagan in the first week of February can be all over the map. It is a guarantee that you will be running long stretches of the race on slush and ice and if you're lucky Uler will throw down a blizzard like in 2009. This year unfortunately or fortunately the skies were clear and we had good footing on about half the roads.
My plan for the race was simple take it out hard and hang on. I wasn’t sure what kind of a kick Tom Michie had and I didn’t really feel like finding out. I was able to get the win in 32:22, a time that was almost exactly the same as last year. This was my first race running in the CompresSport Calf Sleeves and so far I am very impressed. The race went well and the post race soreness in my calves is significantly less than I usually get after my first few races of the season. I am very happy with where I am at right now as every workout I am getting stronger and stronger. I am also pretty stoked to compete again. The thrill of testing yourself in competition is awesome. It is something that video games can only mimic so much. My first big race of the year, the Oceanside 70.3, is in less than 7 weeks and hopefully I’ll be able to get a couple more running races in before then.
Dirk Handke was there to take some good photos from the race.