A few strong runs leading up to today's drizzly time trial suggested that it may finally be time to join the Kitsuma Klub. Over a week ago, I ran an 8 mile circuit over Snooks Nose at a fast uphill clip (for me anyway). Last Thursday, Lily dropped Uwharrie and me off at Old Fort picnic area and we ran the uphill split of Kitsuma in 39:39. And then over the weekend I got a chance to run 12+ miles out-and-back on the Pilot Mtn. Corridor Trail in sub-1:30.
Adam came out to pace Uwharrie and me up Kitsuma peak before dropping back to rest his legs for Pitchell. He seemed convinced that these somewhat sloppy conditions would actually bode well for a sub-1:20 time. A bloody butt slide down the slick ridge had me thinking otherwise. Nonetheless, I picked it up and hit the turnaround in 33:33. Now the workout had started: it was time to test my uphill skills. Atop the last climb, I knew, barring disaster, that I'd joined the klub. Stretching out the legs, releasing the brakes, I was surprised to krunk it in 1:14:13! Thanks Adam and Lily for the encouragement, good times!