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XTERRA Trail Run: Topanga Turkey Trot - Run15k

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Topanga, California
United States
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72F / 22C
Total Time = 1h 26m 11s
Overall Rank = 55/200
Age Group = M45-49
Age Group Rank = 2/15
Pre-race routine:

Walked a mile straight up the crazy canyon to the starting line. Barely arrived in time to pick up race number and head off.
Event warmup:

Pick up number, pin it, and zoom to the start. Started toward the back.
  • 1h 26m 11s
  • 9.32 miles
  • 09m 15s  min/mile

This XTERRA thing is just nuts! This run went through some crazy brush and weeds and woods that was totally insane. The climbing was brutal, and the descents were just totally out of control.

At one point on the single track I put my left foot down off the path on the left and tumbled off the edge of the trail. Minor scrapes and knee cut, but the whole thing was wacky.
What would you do differently?:

It would have helped to have been on the course once before, just to see what was coming up. Otherwise, I just ran as fast as I could, considering that I'd just finished Ironman Arizona six days earlier.
Post race
Warm down:

Finished the race and ate some fruit & eggs. Stayed around for the awards, and received a second place medal for my age group, which was sort of cute, I guess.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Trees in the way. Cliffs. Scrub brush all over the place. Rocks. Death climbs and thrill descents. That sort of thing.

Event comments:

What a great, fun, post-Thanksgiving, season-ending race! I just love XTERRA. It's like being a little boy again; running, jumping, dodging obstacles. It's just a wonderful fun experience, and even though I'll proably end up getting hurt doing these things, I just love them. Great race!

Last updated: 2008-11-29 12:00 AM
01:26:11 | 9.32 miles | 09m 15s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/15
Overall: 55/200
Performance: Good
Course: Crazy steep climb up a fire road for two miles before ducking into the brush for about another four on single track. Then up and down more fire road to the finish.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2008-11-29 6:50 PM

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