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Spokane, Washington
United States
65F / 18C
Total Time = 1h 18m 4s
Overall Rank = 9082/42697
Age Group = F 42
Age Group Rank = 67/439
Pre-race routine:

Normal breakfast of oatmeal with walnuts and blueberries with coffee.
Event warmup:

Racinmason and I rode our bikes down to the race. They provide a bike corral watched over by the local bicycle club. I've never considered this before but it was a great alternative to driving. We had plenty of time to walk to the start, visit with some of our buddies and get into place. While standing there, I met two people from the other tri club - they were very nice as have been most triathletes I've met.
  • 1h 18m 4s
  • 7.46 miles
  • 10m 28s  min/mile

I had to stand and wait for the start for about 15 minutes before the gun then for another 15 minutes after the gun. They start in waves to avoid course congestion, which is a HUGE improvement over the old free-for-all. Being crammed in with the other people waiting is not conducive to a good warm-up, so I ran kind of easy for the first half mile or so.

Once I kind of settled in, I was able to run a little harder. The first hill out of the river valley was ok and I actually passed some people. The second hill through the cemetaries was a long grind and harder than my winter training runs on the same course, and the last hill, "Doomsday", was a lot harder than the training runs. It surprised me, but thinking back it probably shouldn't have. I haven't done any hills since I got hurt at the end of the winter and was running at 'race pace'. I really wanted to keep running though, since I'd never run this entire race. Because of the number of people on the course, I was always passing and being passed, but it felt good to be able to keep running up the hills.

Once at the top I expected my HR to come down but it never did. I drank some at each water station but I think because it was warmer than it has been since last summer that I was a little low on fluids.

The last 2.5 miles were hard - HR was high, RPE was high and I couldn't seem to slow down enough to bring it all down. It was ok since I was fairly close to the end at that point.

The finish was downhill for a block or so - yay for downhills!

Finished feeling pretty good but pretty much was done running at that point. Good hard effort all the way to the end.
What would you do differently?:

Eat more before the run and maybe carry a flask with gel/water mix. I ran out of fuel for the last couple of miles and it was tough to keep going. Train more hills without getting hurt.
Post race
Warm down:

After the finish there was a long walk back to the park. This was a good cool-down. I sucked down some gatorade and walked over to find my brother, who did great on his corporate cup team. This event is a wonderful people-watching opportunity, too. Not sure if I'd call my ride home a cool down as it is mostly uphill. :)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Training and not enough fuel and water.

Event comments:

This is such a fun run to do. There are tons of people (42K!) of all ages, shapes and abilities. They start us in waves which means there isn't as much congestion on the course (hooray!). There are tons of volunteers and everything seems very well organized. Kudos to the Bloomsday Road Runners Assn which puts it on every year.

Last updated: 2008-04-03 12:00 AM
01:18:04 | 07.46 miles | 10m 28s  min/mile
Age Group: 67/439
Overall: 9082/42697
Performance: Good
HR was high the second part of the race and I couldn't get it to come down. It stuck at about 163bpm which is in Z4 for me.
Course: A loop from downtown Spokane. There are three good hills, one short but steep out of the river valley, one through some cemetaries then the famous "Doomsday" hill with the vulture at the top. The rest of the course is pretty flat.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2008-05-05 8:56 AM

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Spokane, Washington
Subject: Bloomsday

2008-05-05 11:10 AM
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Subject: RE: Bloomsday
Sounds like fun. How nice to be able to ride your bike to the event!
2008-05-08 9:02 PM
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Twin Cities
Subject: RE: Bloomsday
Holy cow, did I read that right - 42,000 people???
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