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Moab, Utah
United States
Rim Rock Roadrunners
60'sF / 0C
Total Time = 1h 23m 55s
Overall Rank = 33/4000
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 4/250
Pre-race routine:

Woke up and had a small bowl of cereal. Went out and got some coffees for my wife and mother-in-law. Got ready and walked over to the park, where the buses were parked.
Event warmup:

We had to sit in the canyon for about 90 minutes for the race to start. Met up with Woody Noleen chatted a bit and jogged some for about 15 mins. prior to race start.
  • 1h 23m 55s
  • 13.11 miles
  • 06m 24s  min/mile

This is almost an exact replay of last year's race only faster. Just like last year my whole plan was to go out fast, ignore hr, splits, and hope that I when I hit the wall there's a finish line in sight. First mile was really quick. Checked my watch and it was 5:51 and thought just roll with it. Hit the 3 mile at 18:13 so just like last year I think I pr'ed the 5k. Took in a Roctane at 30 minutes. Hit mile 6 at 37:23. Was feeling really good and took in another Roctane right at the hour hoping to stave off the fade as long as possible. Last year I felt like I was starting to pop right at the 10 mile mark. This year that didn't happen until mile 12. So I'm pretty happy with that. I knew if my legs were going then my head could pull me to the finish line. Made the final turn into the finish line as was pretty certain I was going sub-1:24. When the official clock actually came into focus I knew I was cutting it close. I picked it up as much as I could and came in with 5 seconds to spare :)
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I'm happy with this.
Post race
Warm down:

Jogged around the park a bit. Stretched out. Took and ice bath an hour later at the hotel. OUCH!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Current fitness level. But I'll keep chopping away at it and in a couple years I'll be going under 1:20 for this distance.

Event comments:

My goal was under 1:24, but I knew it was going to take one hell of a mental effort. I may have been able to go faster, but I hit my goal and qualified for Bolder Boulder "A" wave. I absolutely love this race. It's a combination of being in Moab, Pasta Jay's, the Native American drummers, the course, and everything that goes into it. It's without a doubt my favorite running race.

Last updated: 2009-01-23 12:00 AM
01:23:55 | 13.11 miles | 06m 24s  min/mile
Age Group: 4/250
Overall: 33/4000
Performance: Good
Avg HR:173 Max HR:180
Course: The USATF certified and sanctioned course starts approximately 11 miles up scenic Hwy. 128 and parallels the Colorado River into Moab. The course continues on Hwy. 191 and through the streets of Moab to City Park and the finish line. The course is rolling.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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

2009-03-22 9:02 PM

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Colorado Springs
Subject: Canyonlands Half Marathon

2009-03-23 9:52 AM
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Official BT Coach
Englewood, CO
Subject: RE: Canyonlands Half Marathon
Very well executed race.  Now I have to beat that time?  Oh my!
2009-03-23 5:03 PM
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Subject: RE: Canyonlands Half Marathon

Wow nice job Dave, your hardcore training is paying dividends.  Thats awesome you made A wave for Boulder Boulder.  Congrats!

2009-03-23 7:41 PM
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Subject: RE: Canyonlands Half Marathon
Great race! I love the screw the pacing race strategy! You are fast!
2009-03-24 10:31 AM
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Denver Colorado
Subject: RE: Canyonlands Half Marathon

Great Job Dave! You ran a well thought out race and kicked some butt man! I love your Strategy!!!


Edited by Triathlon Sean 2009-03-24 10:38 AM
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