JULY 2012

LOOKING BACK, LOOKING AHEAD

JULY

Mika Kume, Jay Johanessen and Kimm Seunghoi traveled to Germany for the Frankfurt Ironman on July 8th. This is a big event with 2,500 participants and 50,000 spectators. Unfortunately the weather was terrible: cold, raining and very windy for the bike ride, then hot for the marathon! Mika toughed it out and finished in 14:43 (8 hours on a bike getting blown around by the wind — can’t even imagine it). Kimm did a great 11:31:46 and Jay had a good swim, a decent bike leg and a “death slog” marathon.
• A week later on the 15th, Jay was in Fussen (Bavaria) for a 10K, which he ran in 37:52, winning his age group. He was visiting Joachim and Christiane, who also ran, Christiane coming in 2nd in her age group.
• Namban runners posted great results in the Salomon X-Adventure Trail Run in Nozawa Onsen on July 15th. Satohi Numasawa was 1st female, Mike Kume was 5th female and Harrisson Uk was 4th overall.
• The popular Yumenoshima Vegetable Marathon (5K and 10K) on the 16th saw nine Nambanners brave the heat to receive their vegetable prizes. See the news report to the right.
Gerard Robb came up from Australia for the race up Mt. Fuji on July 27th. A member of the Australian national mountain racing team, Gerard was using this race as training for the world championships in Italy in September. He ran the half marathon in 3:29, pretty good when you’re running up a mountain.
• On July 29th in Melbourne, Brett Whiteoak ran in “The Age - Run Melbourne Half Marathon”, timing 1:22:59 and winning his age group.

AUGUST

Namban workouts on Wednesday nights at Oda track from 7:25pm.
• 1 - 1000 x 5, 400
• 8 - 1200, 1200, 1200, 800, 800, 400
• 15 - 1600 1000 1000 800 800 400
• 22 - 1200 1000 800 1200 1000 400
• 29 - 5000m time trial



HAIKU OF THE MONTH

“It’s hot, isn’t it?”
I’m so tired of hearing
“Atsui des-ne?”