XTERRA Georgia Trail Run series: "Battle At Big Creek" - RunOther

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Roswell, Georgia
United States
Dirty Spokes Productions
35F / 2C
Total Time = 1h 45m 2s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

I got up at 3 AM...ugh. I got to the parking lot at 7 AM and was slightly tired and chest cold was wearing on me. I met up with Darrel (McQ). We jogged some and walked the first mile or so of the trail. As we were standing for the start Biggsmoothe introduced himself. Overall, great start to the morning. Side note, this was a C race. I signed up to have fun and stay engaged with running over the winter.
Event warmup:

jog and walk w/ McQ
  • 1h 45m 2s
  • 9 miles
  • 11m 40s  min/mile

easy start on the concrete for .5 miles, then hit the trail. I was in line and holding my own. Really felt relaxed. Light feet and making good decisions. BAM! turned my ankle and it hurt. I took a minute to gather myself, but this was the end of my "race", it was now a training run. Held a steady, but pedestrian pace. BAM! turned it again...now it starts to hurt...calf and hamstring was feeling twitchy. Slowed down and just wanted to get to the line. BAM! I was on the deck is a second. lucky, it was a soft area or it would have been ugly. I sat for a second and laughed. 1.5 miles left and I only wanted the comfort of my car!
What would you do differently?:

I needed more skill to run at a higher rate. I think I had the form to knock off 15 - 20 mins. Just need more trail running.
Post race
Warm down:

sat and rubbed my ankle for 10 mins. LOL

What limited your ability to perform faster:

trail experience.

Event comments:

great trails, but they are really made for mountain bikes. It would have been nice to have some sections that did not try to kill you.

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Last updated: 2010-10-02 12:00 AM
01:45:02 | 09 miles | 11m 40s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Course: hilly, twisty, rocky, freakin ball buster
Keeping cool Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4