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Georgetown, Colorado
United States
60F / 16C
Total Time = 1h 17m 41s
Overall Rank = 8/895
Age Group = 40-49
Age Group Rank = 2/94
Pre-race routine:

Leading up to this race I felt very fatigued; 4 races in the past 3 weeks and it was beginning to tire me. On Thursday I ran 8 miles and struggled at a 9 min/mile pace and the thought of running sub 6 for 13.1 miles did not seem all that realistic. Luckily, I did not have to work last night so I got some rest. Plus my friend drove to Georgetown and brought my race number to the start at the Loveland Ski Area which allowed me to sleep a little longer as well. On the drive I had some extra strength gas station coffee that was branded "not for wimps" and I thought that was a good omen so I had that and a brown sugar and cinnamon pop-tart and some Gatorade. By the way, what happened to the "tart" in pop-tarts? They are very sweet and sugary. Not what I remember from my childhood.
Event warmup:

I got to the start at Loveland about an hour early. Ran into friends, chit chatted and realized that it was getting close to the start time so I got in line for the portapotties. Some dude came by and said the race was starting in one minute. I still had my jacket on and I hadn't even dropped off my dry clothes bag yet. I had to sprint about 300 meters uphill to the start area and rip my jacket off and drop my bag. I got in line and had just a few seconds to get my heart rate under control and set my watch and then we were off.
  • 1h 17m 41s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 05m 56s  min/mile

I ran well. I had a specific plan leading in and a goal time. I ran the first mile right at my projected time and lead the race through 3 miles which I had no intention of doing. Still, I felt good but I knew that I was probably pushing a little so I backed into my planned pace. Shortly after the 3rd mile the bottoms of both feet got really hot. I had some blisters there from Ironman Kansas 70.3 a few weeks ago and last weeks race had aggravated them. I knew that they were going to be a problem. By 6 miles they were on fire but I was ahead of my goal pace and the thought of PRing kept me on track. I hit mile 10 about 30 seconds ahead of my projected time and broke 1:00 for 10 miles for the first time in my life. With 3 miles to go, 2 of them down a steep hill, I got passed by the guy who won my age group. My feet hurt so much that I couldn't answer his challenge. The last mile is flat with some short little ups that freaking hurt. I dug as deep as I could and closed the gap on the guy who beat me, but I didn't have enough. In spite of the pain I ran a great race. A new PR and a course PR.

Garmin lost sat. at about mile 11.5 or so. Bummer. The data below is the best I could do.

Mile 1: 5:54 Avg HR 177
Mile 2: 5:39 Avg HR
Mile 3: 5:46 Avg HR 142
Mile 4: 5:51 Avg HR
Mile 5: 5:46 Avg HR 153
Mile 6: 6:19 Avg HR 141
Mile 7: 5:39 Avg HR 149
Mile 8: 5:59 Avg HR 174
Mile 9: 5:53 Avg HR 174
Mile 10: 6:15 Avg HR 164
I wanted to be under 1:00 hour at mile 10 and I came in at 59:06
Mile 11: 5:54 Avg HR 165
NOTE: My time to 11 is 1:05:00; my Garmin lost reception during this mile so it is a guess from here.
Mile 12 and 13 combined: probably about: 12:20 and the last point one was probably the final 21 seconds.

I faded and knew I would but I pretty much nailed my projections from yesterday!

Recap of yesterday's projections.

To mile 6
Projected 35:45, actual 35:18
To mile 10
Projected 59:45, actual 59:06

The final 3.1 must have been spot on, because I was about 40 seconds faster to mile 10 and I finished about 35 seconds faster than my realistic projection of 1:18:15. I needed to find 16 seconds to get under 1:18 based on my predicted time.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. Get to the start line on time. Race with feet that aren't raw from previous races...
Post race
Warm down:

Took my shoes off immediately. Changed into flip flops and watched my friends finish.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Blisters - oh and my quads took a brutal beating too.

Event comments:

This is a great Colorado race that keeps getting bigger and faster. I did this in 2004 and since then it has grown and the caliber of racers has improved greatly!

Last updated: 2009-06-24 12:00 AM
01:17:41 | 13.1 miles | 05m 56s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/94
Overall: 8/895
Performance: Good
AVG HR was 160
Course: Net descent from Loveland Ski Are to Georgetown on trails and bike paths.
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] 4

2009-06-27 9:21 PM

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Conifer, Colorado
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2009-06-28 11:29 AM
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Smoking fast race on flaming feet! That downhill seems to suit you well.

My wife and I have wanted to do this race, but she always has troubles training for it and doesn't want to trash the whole summer if the race kills her. I think we'll do it one year soon though.
2009-06-28 11:49 AM
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, North Carolina
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I was standing in the port-a-potty line and I saw a dog that looked like Ramone and wondered if he belonged to you!  I hope your quads are happier than mine this morning.  I appreciated the comment that 'the caliber of racers has improved greatly' ... now I don't feel so bad being way down there in the middle of the pack.  Amazing race on blistery feet.  Congrats on the PR!


2009-06-28 7:24 PM
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holy fast runner!
great time!
I am looking for pacing partners for Denver marathon!
I need people who can easily run at 7:20 for my tempo runs and 8:00 for mp runs....
2009-06-28 7:32 PM
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Wisconsin near the Twin Cities metro
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Great job and nice finish time!!

2009-06-28 7:33 PM
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Lafayette, CO
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Wow, incredible race!  This is on my to do list in a couple of years, glad to hear it's a decent race. 

2009-06-28 8:09 PM
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Waukesha, WI
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I had to stop in because of the name of the race.  Obviously, it is a pun on SLACKER cuz you definately aren't.  Nice job.  Whew!

2009-06-29 9:06 AM
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Evergreen, Colorado
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I'm not sure how many more ways I can tell you how fast you are...
2009-06-30 2:12 AM
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Wow! That's one fast half-marathon! Congrats
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