One cup of water and a Carboom at mile 6-7. The run was very tight thru the first mile as evident in my first mile split. We were practically walking in some areas. Being my first trail run, I was caught off guard at what a chore passing was. Like bike racing, you actually had to plan your passes. I stuck to the right side of trails best I could unless trying to pass, but there were some peeps who took up the whole trail and would not relent even when you attempted to pass. I wasnt really racing for place/time so I didnt sweat it.
What would you do differently?:
I would start out a lot faster and try to get in the woods with a faster group. The 2 mins I lost in the first mile would have put me sub 2hr. Also, I could have scouted the course a little better. I have ridden at Yargo, but def do not know it like the back of my hand. Left too much in the tank as I kept saving up for the next hill. Also, I could have started final push sooner than I did.
stretching, water, orange, no banana (the ones they had were green)
What limited your ability to perform faster:
mentality, slower people ahead of me blocking trails, one face plant around mile 7 where a stump got me while I was looking for a place to pee.
Great race and good intro to trail running. Signed up on race day so did not get a swag bag and had to settle for generic race tee, but thats my fault for procrastinating. Post race was kind of boring, but its a state park so i wasnt expecting much of a throwdown to begin with. Will def run again.
Last updated: 2010-02-25 12:00 AM
36F / 2C
Overall Rank = 133/390
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 19/45
Bowl of oatmeal, water, multiple bathroom breaks. Got to park about 6:30. Shorts, long sleeve dri fit, specialized hybrid jacket, stocking cap, gloves.
Minor warmup. Was planning on using this mainly for a training run. First ever time running on trails of any kind.