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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
United States
Club South Runners
49F / 9C
Total Time = 51m 46s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Ate two waffles and drank some tea. Tried to stay dry and warm. At the packet pick up they couldn't find my race number even though I was on the list. .... they decided to give me a number and had me fill out the part that you tear off ...then they tore it off and promised to get me in. Please remember this because it plays a part later on.
Event warmup:

No warm up..just stretching.
  • 51m 46s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 20s  min/mile

It was a dreary day.... wet and overcast...but the temp was only 49 which is just about perfect running temp for me. I decided during the first mile to attempt a PR. Originally it was going to just be a training day. I figured with my Garmin I could pace properly. It worked. After the intial shake out of the group I was hardly passed by anyone and passed people through out the race. I even had a duel with a few people at the end and managed to yo-yo a win out them.... Made the last half mile fun.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I was worried that my Garmin wouldn register with the overcast weather so I decided to wear the HR monitor so if it didn't work I would have SOME data. I am SOOOOOO GLAD I wore it now. More on this at the end.
Post race
Warm down:

No warm down...just walked around and eventually ate some Jambalaya.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nothing. This was a PR for me

Event comments:

Well here is my beef..although I am not as mad about it now as I was immediately after the race. When the race people couldn't find my number they gave me a new number and tore off my info tag at the bottom. This was about an hour pre-race. Well when I finished the race, after PR'ing the distance, I had no info-number-tag to tear off and give to the ladies collecting them.

They told me that I was out of luck and it would not be recorded. I got pissed. I was a gentleman about it but after talking to 4 or 5 people about what happend I decided to give up. I wrote down the time on the clock (which was 20 seconds slower than my Garmin time) and turned it in. We shall see if I am ever given credit for this PR in a 10k.

I was behind Debbie Ellington in the chute where they were collecting the tags so when the results come out I will see if that matches up.

So I had to give them a "NO" in the organized part of the evaluation.

I could tell they understood and were sorry for the mishap. But I am still not going down in the anals of Mambo history now :(

Last updated: 2006-02-17 12:00 AM
00:51:46 | 06.21 miles | 08m 20s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
8:11 170 8:30 165 8:17 163 8:23 167 8:26 173 8:09 175 1:33 181
Course: Flat...but this was a loop-style instead of an out and back. I liked that.
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? No
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2006-02-18 6:29 PM

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Denham Springs
Subject: Mardi Gras Mambo

2006-02-18 7:11 PM
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Gulf Shores, AL
Subject: RE: Mardi Gras Mambo
How much did you break PR by? If it makes you feel any better my best 5K and duathlon are not on the net anywhere.
2006-02-18 7:21 PM
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Jacksonville, FL
Subject: RE: Mardi Gras Mambo
Great race! So much for the training run. Sorry about the hassle with the race number, that sucks. I have never worn the Garmin in a race but you convinced me to.
2006-02-18 10:35 PM
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Denham Springs
Subject: RE: Mardi Gras Mambo

Well my previous recorded record was 53:13 for a 6.12 mile run.


But that was last Oct 23. I will be removing that one from my PR list and adding this one.


I am really glad I wore the Garmin or I wouldn't have had any recorded time.... I do want to point out that my HR for this race is about what I train at..... I may be going to hard in training.... 

2006-02-19 6:20 AM
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Resident Curmudgeon
The Road Back
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Subject: RE: Mardi Gras Mambo

Congrats on the PR, bummer on the goof-up. Hope you show up in the official time.

 When I ran Mardi Gras Marathon in 2003, it was my first after a year layoff due to plantar fasciitis. Of course I make the rookie mistake of forgetting to wear my chip, then go out and run a PR time by over fourteen minutes! There remains no "official" record of me ever running the race, but that doesn't stop me from counting it!

I did come back and PR (by another 7 minutes) in Austin a year later, but that MG remains #2.

2006-02-23 4:16 PM
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New Orleans, LA
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Great job on the PR! Don't let the lack of organization on the race's part take away from the fact that you ran great!

2006-02-24 4:10 PM
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McKinney, TX
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Awesome job on the PR!  Screw the race counts in my book!
2006-02-25 3:33 PM
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PR - awesome!
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