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White Tanks Regional Park, Arizona
United States
XTERRA Arizona Trail Run Series
65F / 18C
Total Time = 1h 39m 59s
Overall Rank = 18/154
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 3/23
Pre-race routine:

Drove out to White Tanks Mountain Park and arrived about an hour before the 8:00am start. I was feeling very relaxed as expectations towards this race were low in terms of performance, I was just happy to be in a position where I can run again. Amazing how being injured can change your perspective on training and racing. I certainly appreciated this morning a great deal and was looking forward to a run on a trail I have never been on.
Event warmup:

I met up with my firends Stephen and Nir and we ran up the course for about 10min. It was Nir's first trail race and I was giving him some advice on how to run it. I knew the course would be technical with a over 1500+ feet of climbing. My plan was to start easy and build into a pace/effort I felt I could hold. If my heel began to hurt I would back off the pace and I just wanted to get around the course healthy and in one piece. I really wanted to just earn some points for the series having won the first race in September.
  • 1h 39m 59s
  • 12.75 miles
  • 07m 50s  min/mile

The first 2 miles of the race were relatively flat and I let the field shuffle around me. I ignored the race and just focused on getting a good sense of how I felt. After the first mile I was very pleased to see my HR in the low 160's. I knew that would be a challenge to hold for the entire race but I felt really good so I stuck with it. The next 2 miles were a a lot of climbing. The footing was fair, a little rocky, so I had to pay close attention. The field was pretty spread out at this point with the fastest guy way up ahead followed by a small second group. I was behind them in a bit of no-mans land with a lone runner about 20 yards ahaead.

Coming through mile 4 I still felt great, HR was still nice and high and I just focused on watching my footing and holding effort. The guy ahead was not getting too much further away and I could also now see the lead female runner. At mile 6 I took my one and only gel and a quick sip of water at an aid station and made the final climb. The view was amazing at the top as I started to head back east and descend. Coming around a bend, i suddenly came up ont he guy who was ahead of me. He had apparently fallen and was sorting himself out. I asked if he was ok and he said he was and I ran by.

Miles 7-10 were pretty much all downhill and I was flying but not taking any chances. I caught the lead gal but she was moving great and I stayed behind her. She asked how far ahead she was and I told her I hadn't even seen another woman since the start. I heard footsteps behind me and the guy who had fallen had caught up to us and we both let him pass. Then the lead woman said she wanted to really go easy on the switchbacks and I went around her as well. The last part of the descent was brutal on my legs. My heel felt fine but my legs were taking a beating.

When I hit the bottom with 2 miles to go, I was done. Aerobicly I felt fine but I was right up against my current run fitness and I was moving pretty slow. The lead gal passed me with about a mile to go and I knew i had pushed it as much as I could and just needed to bring it home easy, even though "easy" felt "hard". About 50 yards from the finsih, this guy caught me and said let's sprint! I had nothing and he blew by me, finished 1 second ahead and promptly threw up! It was pretty impressive.
Post race
Warm down:

Although it's tough to not be more in contention for this race, I was very happy with my effort and result. I feel confident I can get my run legs back in time for IMSG.

Last updated: 2012-01-03 12:00 AM
01:39:59 | 12.75 miles | 07m 50s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/23
Overall: 18/154
Performance: Good
Course: I big loop out in the White Tanks Mountain Regional Park on a lot of single track, technical trail.
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? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2012-01-09 8:57 AM

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Fountain Hills, AZ
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2012-01-09 10:40 AM
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well done jedi master. i have no doubt you'll get your run fitness back in no time. it's great to see you healthy again.
2012-01-09 1:37 PM
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Westlake Village , Ca.
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Good job Bud,....I'm happy you were even able to run this.
2012-01-09 4:35 PM
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Bryan, congrats on 3rd AG spot.  Even when not in top form you're still grabbing Podium spots.  
2012-01-09 4:44 PM
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Bedford, MA
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Way to go! With only a few weeks of running back under your feet this was quite the feat!  Laughing

I'm really looking forward to hearing about you crushing St. George in a few months!

Edited by natethomas2000 2012-01-09 4:44 PM
2012-01-09 6:54 PM
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Payson, AZ
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Nice run for your first race back.  Just when the locals were starting to think they had a chance.

2012-01-09 7:52 PM
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Coming back from an injury and you still perform on the top level...well done!
2012-01-11 11:52 PM
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Nice job in your race Bryan. I will be doing my first trail race this weekend in cold Ohio weather.
2012-01-13 10:45 AM
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San Diego, California
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