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Friday, November 19, 2010

Season Begins!

We are 2 hours from leaving for our first weekend of competition and the calm before the storm settles upon me.  At Tufts tonight (6pm), and tomorrow at Wesleyan versus both Trinity and Wesleyan (noon).  Three NESCACs meets in less than 24 hours.  Are we prepared to race?  Not even close. Will we race tough and try to win the close ones? I fully expect so.

Don't get me wrong, we have had a very productive first three weeks of training.  It has been geared toward conditioning, not racing - and this weekend, above all else, gives us a much needed opportunity to train our racing skills.  When you cover over 110,000 yards in less than three weeks you can feel confident the heart is beating enough to help the body become more efficient and stronger.  And in fact, the team has clearly become much better at repeat 100's, 200's, 300's and 400's these past few weeks.  They have also gotten better at lifting, stretching, yoga, and dryland.  All is heading in the right direction, but we just haven't raced yet. I'm anxious to say the least.

On separate, but related note, I believe we are going to have close to 30 alums from the Boston and New England area getting together tonight at the meet, and then a dinner right afterwards.  That is so very cool! The post meet celebration will be occurring at The Burren, Davis Square (247 Elm Street, Somerville).  Should be a great time.  If you can't make the meet, or post meet celebration, check back here for updates and links to the results.  I suspect the Tufts site will be first to post them, but I'll check around and see if I can get info to all our fans asap!

Think Bates this weekend, and we'll get back to you with updates and recaps!

In Bates,


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