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Reedsburg, Wisconsin
United States
60F / 16C
Overcast
Total Time = 1h 42m 28s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 1/
Pre-race routine:

Woke up with double-me-over cramps (sorry guys!) and even though I know Advil before a race can be bad news, I took two with breakfast and crossed my fingers I would have no GI issues.
Event warmup:

I contemplated using my inhaler before my warm up, but decided to hold off until after it. Did a Short run, a few drills and promptly forgot to use the damned inhaler!
Run
  • 1h 42m 28s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 49s  min/mile
Comments:

I did this race like many other totally blind. Turned on my GPS and never looked it just listened for the mile beep for fueling. Goal was to ease into the first mile and then take it up to somewhat hard. The first honking hill is around the 15' mark so that's where it morphed from somewhat hard to hard.

I carried my FB with Carbo Pro and drank it on the 1m beep. Got through the first one around the 6m mark which is where I started increasing intensity a little more. I was breathing hard, but body and stomach were a-ok. I got to the 9m mark, started feeling not so happy, but opened it up a little more. I had drained all my fuel at that point so when I hit 10m I drank some Gatorade on the fly and told myself to get going. I passed a girl that was bugging me with the slap of her shoes and just kept pushing. I felt horrible the way you do at this point in a race, but didn't take my foot off the gas. I passed a few guys, but there was one other girl I was hoping to pass with 1.5m to go because I wasn't sure if she was in my AG. I kept inching closer and closer and she kept looking behind her so she knew I was on the hunt :). Made the last turn and just gave it whatever I had left which wasn't much. I didn't pass her, 8 seconds behind. I did see the pace clock as I was running down the chute and loved what I saw. It was almost a 6' CR verus last year! Brett and I have been working on running the last 6 or so weeks and it is paying off. I'm faster and can seem to handle more pain than I used to. Still have a ways to go to get back to my HM PR, but today I'm satisfied with:

#1 AG, #8 Female, #27 OA. Love small races.
What would you do differently?:

Drink more--normally 16oz would be enough, but maybe the warmer temps got me. Maybe could have used a few more CHOs too.

Remember the inhaler.

Mentally rock solid.
Post race
Warm down:

Stopped, didn't puke, but felt like total crap. Walked around for 10' and jumped in the car.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nothing. This is about the best I could have hoped for given current fitnes levels

Event comments:

This is a great small town race that honors Veterans. I did this in memory of my my three time purple heart WWII father. Whenever I felt like I wanted to slow down, I reminded myself of what he and many others went through and told myself to suck it up.




Last updated: 2012-03-02 12:00 AM
Running
01:42:28 | 13.1 miles | 07m 49s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/
Overall: 27/
Performance: Good
Course: The course is just outside of Baraboo so the hills are crazy, frequent and taxing.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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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2012-04-14 8:04 PM

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2012-04-14 8:21 PM
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Such a nice tribute to your dad Suzy, and you hauled a$$!! Congratulations!!!

And a 3 time purple heart recipient, he sounds like a great person!

2012-04-14 8:40 PM
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Great race, sounds more like a 5km than 21.1 km in intensity, fantastic that you could keep pushing that hard for that distance!

2012-04-14 8:41 PM
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Congrats Suzy.  I love your determination and ability to really keep pushing, even when it hurts. 
2012-04-14 11:04 PM
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Well done.  Nice tribute to your father as well.
2012-04-15 5:36 AM
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"Mentally rock solid." That says it all. What a race, Suzy! Congratulations on a huge course PR and a really impressive run!


2012-04-15 8:25 AM
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Well done! Did you use the inhaler afterwards?
2012-04-15 10:31 AM
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Very well done, Suzy! Your mental strength and ability to push is phenomenal! Fantastic tribute to your Dad!!! 3 time purple heart recipient... I guess we know where that determination and drive came from, AWESOME!!!

2012-04-15 11:39 AM
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A thing of beauty!! Well done Suzy.
2012-04-15 1:32 PM
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So awesome Suzy!! You are tough as they come... Just like your Dad was. Congratulations!!!
2012-04-15 4:54 PM
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Tough as nails, love your grit and determination. Awesome!


2012-04-16 7:33 AM
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Stellar as always Suzy, nice job!
2012-04-16 8:27 AM
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Great job Suzy - way to gut it out when the body wasn't cooperating but we would expect nothing less!  And what a result.  Congrats on the podium finish.  :-)
2012-04-16 8:48 AM
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Outstanding Job Suzy! Lil tough fast woman!  Congrats on the podium! 
2012-04-16 2:42 PM
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Suzy, you are always amazing!

And I love the tribute to your Dad.

2012-04-20 6:33 AM
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You are tough as nails!  Congrats on a fantastic run and such a nice tribute to your father.



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