Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Hakone ekiden, day 1

Nice watching this exciting race today, and a great performance from Waseda's "Ace" Takizawa, who pulled the teamfrom 12th place to 5th place on his 3rd leg. Anchor (5th leg) and captain Komano passed early leader Yamanashi gakuin (thanks to a sparkling run by Kenyá's Mogusu) to gain #1 spot along with Komazawa daigaku, and soon gapped Komazawa for a 1:14 lead at the finish of the first day.If my calculations are correct, that's about a 3:05 average pace for 108K 5 legs for Waseda.
Too bad about Juntendo daigaku, whose last runner collapsed within a few hundred meters of the finish. So Juntendo, the champion last year, is out.
I guess Komazawa is the favorite tomorrow with its long history of wins. I have no idea on the depth of the Waseda squad though...anyone else watching?

Holiday week has been lazy with a trip to Nagano squeezed in..Here are the numbers:

Monday, Dec 24: Holiday palace run

15K: 1:17:25

Wed track: 5K time trial
5K: 20:28 last 1K: 3:50 (fastest 5K of 2007, believe it or not!) total 8K run

Sat in Nagano, Yatsugatake up hills at 1000 meters
8K: 47:30

Sun ski at Panorama Ski area

Total: 32K for the week (3 hours)

But this week looking better with a 2 hour bike/run on Tuesday, Jan 1...

And some training down time...countdown party revelers, what would oshogatsu and nenmatsu be without K1 and kickboxing?!

Nagano Yatsugatake mountain getaway..it is called Fujimi Panorama Ski resort. It snowed heavy the night before fortunately, though most of the white stuff is artificial this year.

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