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Story City, Iowa
United States
Story City parks and rec
40F / 4C
Total Time = 20m 42s
Overall Rank = ?/80?
Age Group = 20-29
Age Group Rank = 3/?
Pre-race routine:

Woke up 2 hrs before race. Typical PB and banana on toast for breakfast. Drove to race site, registered and talked to a few people from tri class that were doing the event.
Event warmup:

Jogged about a half mile. Legs felt tight and didn't really want to move
  • 20m 42s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 06m 40s  min/mile

Started out way too fast. I have a real hard time pacing myself at these shorter events. Or maybe its that I can't hold the pace that I want to hold. Passed one of my tri class friends at about mile 2. We were both starting to run out of gas. At a couple points during the run we were on a trail that still had quite a bit of ice so that slowed me down some and I about biffed it on one corner. Glanced at my watch at about mile 2.5 and realized I might have a PR in me. Holy crap, pick it up! Made it to the homestretch and passed a guy who was moving pretty slow. He he! But wait, jokes on me. He started to sprint. We sprinted neck and neck for awhile before I fell off. Dang! There went second in my age group by 5 seconds.
What would you do differently?:

Several people opted for the road instead of the trail in some places to avoid the ice. I probably could've shaved some time off that way.
Post race
Warm down:

Walking, talking, cheering, pancakes

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Umm, maybe actually train for speed, although that's hard to do in the winter.

Avoid the ice

Event comments:

This was actually a really good race for mid-February in Iowa. A fair amount of people showed up and there were a lot of good times. Weather was phenomenal too. Post race pancake feed was great. That hit the spot. Mmmmmm...pancakes

Last updated: 2009-02-07 12:00 AM
00:20:42 | 03.11 miles | 06m 40s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/?
Overall: 0/80?
Performance: Good
1 - 6:14, 2 - 6:46, 3 - 7:07, .11 - :35
Course: Relatively flat loop around Story City
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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?
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2009-02-07 11:59 AM

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Ames, IA
Subject: Rosy Cheeks 5K

2009-02-07 6:48 PM
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Washington Court House, Ohio
Subject: RE: Rosy Cheeks 5K

Super 5K Neal.  I'm a long way (im afraid) from that good a time.  Especially good run for February in Iowa.


2009-02-07 7:55 PM
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West Chester, Ohio
Subject: RE: Rosy Cheeks 5K

Sweet run!

I find 5K's hard to pace for too

2009-02-10 12:04 PM
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Greenville, SC
Subject: RE: Rosy Cheeks 5K
Great job on your PR!! WTG!
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