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Aurora, Colorado
United States
Colorado Masters Running / Racewalking Association
43F / 6C
Total Time = 1h 00m 11s
Overall Rank = 14/27
Age Group = M 40-44
Age Group Rank = 5/6
Pre-race routine:

Had my smoothie and bathroom trips, went out the venue, parked and was signed in about 45 minutes before the start of the race.
Event warmup:

Was looking around for Jason, didn't see him so I went off on a reconnaissance warm up lap at 8:30. Tried both Log bridges over the creek crossing - just looked too cold and deep to want to run through.
Glad I did the lap, figured out where I wanted to be on the double track and crossing and also found out the course changed from last year. Unfortunately they took out my favorite part of the course, oh well. Got back saw Jason, talked a bit, changed and headed for the start line.
  • 1h 00m 11s
  • 7.46 miles
  • 08m 04s  min/mile

I had played with all sorts of paces and goals in my head, but after the warmup lap, I really didn't know what was realistic. I worked harder on the warmup lap than I should be or have, but it was also at a pace that would crush last years time although conditions and the course were both different. Got going at the start, passed more than passed me in the first 400m or so. There was already a gap ahead of me and behind me by the creek crossing. I saw it was bunched up and by the time I got there, just one "kid" was still trickling across, slowed me a bit. Got to the first K in 4:17 - faster than my optimistic goal, especially on this terrain. Went by some more folks in the first half of K-2 and two more right near the end of 2K and hit 2k in 8:48 so 4:31 - about even with my optimistic goal, but faster than the "realitic optimistic" pace. Passed one more person about 1/2 way to the 3K mark. After that I was neither passed nor did I pass anyone. While folks were off in the distance, most of the rest of the time I was on a tempo training day by myself. The 3 K hit 5:40 which was slow by any standards and finished up lap in with a 4:53 which included a water break before embarking on lap 2. Lap 2 I was 20, 18, 17 and 7 seconds slower on each K, for a 20:25. Lap 3 I was 2, 10 and 8 seconds slow of lap 2 and 21 seconds faster for the last K. I missed out on a sub 1:00 but was glad to be done.
What would you do differently?:

Start a little slower? wear different shoes? hydrate better the day before. Based on how I felt the rest of the day, I think I gave what I had available today.
Post race
Warm down:

Changed, otherwise not much today, maybe that was part of the problem.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Terrain, weight, off-season, I think I spent most of the race right below LTHR so it is what I had for today.

Last updated: 2008-12-01 12:00 AM
01:00:11 | 07.46 miles | 08m 04s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/6
Overall: 0/27
Funny the 3rd K of each lap was about 1:00 - 1:20 longer than the other K's Lap 1 19:22 Lap 2 20:25 (39:47) Lap 3 20:24 (1:00:11)
Course: Three 4k loops through horse trails, double track, single track, wide path, soccer fields, across a park through the woods, the only thing missing was Grandma House at the end :)
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2008-12-06 11:01 PM

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Lakewood, CO
Subject: Aurora Sports Park XC 4/8/12K

2008-12-07 12:37 AM
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Shalimar, FL
Subject: RE: Aurora Sports Park XC 4/8/12K
Sounds like a really interesting race, and congrats on a job well done! 
2008-12-07 10:40 AM
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Westminster, CO
Subject: RE: Aurora Sports Park XC 4/8/12K
great race!  very nice PR for this race!  It was a lot of fun out there!
2008-12-07 1:40 PM
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Parker, CO
Subject: RE: Aurora Sports Park XC 4/8/12K
you know you gave it what you could today...can't expect anymore than that.  Nice job!
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