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Fort Worth, Texas
United States
80F / 27C
Total Time = 2h 56m 25s
Overall Rank = 160/293
Age Group = M0-99
Age Group Rank = 100/137
Pre-race routine:

Hung out w/ Karen, ate some food, drove to Ft. Worth for the event
Event warmup:

Did some stretching, listened to music, and taught Jen how to peel a banana.
Run
  • 2h 56m 25s
  • 15.53 miles
  • 11m 22s  min/mile
Comments:

I made a consistent effort to keep my HR down in Z1-Z2 for as long as possible. The goal was to do a sub-12 minute average - which would put me at 3:06 or better - but really, I was focused more on the heart rate than anything else. I just wanted to make it through without cracking like I did last year, and I had to fight the urge to speed up from the 2nd lap onwards.

The first lap was just trying to find my rhythm. I wasn't doing that well and I had a bad feeling the night may not go well by the way I felt in the 1st lap. I was keeping a decent pace & my HR was in the generally right area, I just wasn't settled in. Fortunately I started to feel better in the 2nd lap, and from that point on I was a f*cking metronome. I mean, look at these 5k lap times:

Lap 2 36:22.9 11:42/M
Lap 3 36:49.2 11:51/M
Lap 4 36:39.9 11:48/M

Tick, tick, tick, tick....I was zoned out, listening to my music and keeping the HR under control. By the 4th lap, I started pondering how I was going to handle the 5th lap. My HR was starting to move up, but was still manageable. I wanted to pick up the pace, but I really didn't want to crack like last year. I made a deal with myself that if I kept to the plan for the whole 4th lap, I'd take off on the 5th lap and see how I did. The 4th lap came to an end and as I passed Karen, I handed her my Camelbak and told her that I was taking off. I think my words were something to the effect of "I'm not f*cking holding back any f*cking more". So I didn't hold back. After walking the aid station they had at the beginning of the lap & drinking some Nuun - something I did every time around - I started running like I was shot out of a cannon. At least that's how it felt after averaging 11+ min/mile. I blew through that lap with my HR in solid Z5 most of the way which was probably dumb, but I had made my deal with myself and I wanted to start pushing. The 5th lap was all about revenge. I actually started talking to the path, reminding it that I said I was coming back. OK, I was mocking an inanimate object, I get that it's weird. I didn't care. As I got closer to the finish my pace continued to increase; the last mile was at a nearly 8:30 pace. My HR was starting to crack 190 and I didn't care, I was flooring it past people like they were standing still. As I got a couple hundred yards from the end I looked for Karen at the spot she had been hanging out and she was busy talking to other people. I guess I had come by a little earlier than she was expecting. I told her I was taking off. ;) She didn't even know I had finished until I walked up behind her a few minutes later. (To be fair, Karen was very attentive & encouraging on the other laps. I just bring this up because I thought it was hilarious and told her she wouldn't live this down anytime soon. Now it's immortalized on BT for eternity. :p)

I ended up finishing 1-2 minutes before the 50k winner, which didn't happen last year. All in all, I blew away my time from last year.

Last year: 03:19:45
This year: 2:56:25
Difference: -00:23:20


Official 5k lap times:
Lap 1 36:08.8 11:38/M
Lap 2 36:22.9 11:42/M
Lap 3 36:49.2 11:51/M
Lap 4 36:39.9 11:48/M
Lap 5 30:24.8 9:47/M
What would you do differently?:

Not a thing.
Post race
Warm down:

Drank fluids, ate 3 oranges.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I can always get faster I guess, but at my current training level this is about as good as it will get.




Last updated: 2009-01-19 12:00 AM
Running
02:56:25 | 15.53 miles | 11m 22s  min/mile
Age Group: 100/137
Overall: 137/293
Performance: Good
Lap 1 36:08.8 11:38/M Lap 2 36:22.9 11:42/M Lap 3 36:49.2 11:51/M Lap 4 36:39.9 11:48/M Lap 5 30:24.8 9:47/M
Course: Mostly caliche(sp?) with some paved path mixed in.
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
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2009-07-19 10:15 PM

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2009-07-20 9:34 AM
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Awesome RR, love the heart, the effort and the revenge. But most of all, warning the track that you're back. Talking to the trail is pretty awesome, pretty serious effort, and a huge outcome for you to celebrate! 

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hazmaster - 2009-07-20 9:34 AM

Awesome RR, love the heart, the effort and the revenge. But most of all, warning the track that you're back. Talking to the trail is pretty awesome, pretty serious effort, and a huge outcome for you to celebrate! 



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2009-07-29 7:37 AM
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Great job on the PR and knocking some serious time off of last year's race.

Keep up the vengeance.
2009-07-29 12:31 PM
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Great race report.  And a great race.  Your pacing strategy was excellent IMO.  Racing with a good pacing strategy will prepare you for Longhorn.  It's all about pacing the bike  and run.
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