Oh yes, it is also THAT time of year.
Mud and cowbells. Beer chucking hecklers. A start followed by varying degrees of extreme pain until you cross the finish. At least that is what you are hoping for.
I put off getting into this sport for years as I just couldn't see the appeal.
Then I tried it and immediately was hooked.
If you aren't familiar with it, do some Googling. Check out some videos. It is more fun than it looks. These guys are hard men. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIZfGcBcfH4
And on a local note: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skKMZXxOiT8
Oh yeah, it can be the best of times, the worst of times.