My annual recertification for being a soccer referee has come and gone. I like to attend Gold Rush here in Atlanta. It is a weekend of training for all referees in the state of Georgia. We typically get between 150 and 300 of us together in one place.
Unfortunately for me, they hold it in the bowels of Gwinnett County. That means I have to get up at the ass crack of dawn to get there by 6:45. Not to worry though, my energy level seems to be pretty high these days. I was up at 5 AM and out the door by 5:30. It would have been earlier if I hadn't forgotten that darn check book.
I made the customary stop up the road from the school at the Quik Trip to off load and buy a drink. There were a lot of cars in the parking lot when I arrived, proving I was running late. Saying a few quick hellos to the guys, I took off around the track for my mile warm up. A quarter of the way through my second lap, the whistle blew. I ignored it and finished up my lap. I found my instructor and made sure I was with the right group, then waited for the start of our 12 minute TT. My age group still has to run 2000 meters in 12 minutes, for a 9:39 avg pace.
The head instructor dropped his arm and we were off. My plan was just to cruise and come in as close to 2000 meters as I could. I was still sore in the hamstrings and thighs from my impromptu weight lifting session. I started easy and cruised around the track for the first lap. I had to beat 2:24 per lap to stay on target. My first lap cam in under two minutes, like 1:52 or something like that. Funny, that's right in the target range for a speed workout on McMillan calculator :-) I turned in the second lap at about the same time. I started feeling good and picked up the pace.
The instructor yelled: "7:52" as I passed him for the fourth time, not as good as my 7:23 from two years back, but respectable since I was taking it "easy". I slowed down a little bit for my fifth lap, and the instructor told me I could take it easy. I tried for about half a lap, but I looked down at my watch, and I had about 40 seconds to finish six laps in 12 minutes. I pushed it to the end and made it with 5 seconds to spare. 2400 meters in 12 minutes for an 8 minute avg pace. I'll take it! and I felt good to boot.
Next up were the sprints. I ran first on the 40 meter sprint and came in at 7.3 seconds, a .26 second improvement, and I improved almost 3 seconds on the 200 meter sprint. I am getting a little bit faster!! I think the rest of my peers thought I was nuts when I took off around the track at the end for a 1/2 mile cool down! LOL...
Anywho.... Watch out, Atlanta! I am good for another year of refereeing soccer. That means I'll ruin a few games, do exceptional on a few others, and be my normally good self on more than a lot.