Finally back from my track trip down in Windsor!
I have traveled probably over 2500km in the past week, with the last 1600KM being from travelling all the way down to Windsor, and pretty much a stone’s throw from the US. This trip was for our provincial championship for the younger group – basically all the athletes under 18. Usually the meet is in Toronto, but the track is closed due to preparations for the Pan Am Games in 2015. We travelled by coach bus which was nice. The bus ride down felt quick – probably because I was on a bus with my track friends and we all talked the whole way down. I had a “bus buddy” (aka a seat buddy) so I couldn’t sprawl out onto two seats. Other than the last 1.5hr, the trip flew by. The last hour and a bit is the most boring stretch of highway 401. It is just farmer’s fields and windmills…..
We stayed at a hotel near the waterfront, which made for a great run location for my “shake out” run after we arrived. The kids were pretty good on the trip with no real issues. We went to a restaurant on the Friday night that served pretty decent hamburgers – we filled the restaurant! The Saturday night the coaches went to the Windsor Casino for the buffet. We tried to get into the Keg for some steak, but they said they could never seat us, so we had to make due with the buffet. It was an alright buffet and we still got prime rib! I bet $5 on the slot machines and promptly lost my $5.
(View from the Hotel Room – looking at Detroit)
The track meet went great. We did win a number of first place medals, including two of our relays which also broke the Athletics Ontario club record! We won the overall club championship for ALL of outdoor track in 2014. At one point we thought we had lost the banner for the first time in 9 years, but after a recount we had won. Phew! We also won one of three age group banners. Next year we have to try to win all of the banners (again).
After the meet we separated into two groups – those going to Toronto for a Wonderland trip (my bus) or those heading all the way back to Ottawa at 6pm. That bus arrived in Ottawa at 3am, so I was very glad I wasn’t on that bus! I will cover more about Wonderland tomorrow!
Overall it was a great trip. I do enjoy travelling with track teams. I have travelled with the high schools before, but this was my first trip with the competitive club. Pretty much the same thing, but a bit different. For example, the punishment of push-ups came into play a few times. Don’t worry, the kids would also dish out push-ups to the others if they did something like spill their drink. The funniest had to be the 6 who were late coming back to the bus – they had to do 25 pushups each with random people watching. Hilarious!
With this meet comes the end of the 2014 outdoor season for me. We don’t practice again until September, which is cross-country season. For the sprinters, it is conditioning time! For once I have NOTHING on my agenda for a few weeks! Vacation!