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Palm Springs, California
United States
60F / 16C
Sunny
Total Time = 1h 39m 10s
Overall Rank = 93/1108
Age Group = M50-54
Age Group Rank = 6/60
Pre-race routine:

PB and honey. Getting ready was easy with the race start nearby.
Event warmup:

Encouraged by experienced friends, I went for an easy 1 mile run to get the legs working.
Run
  • 1h 39m 10s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 34s  min/mile
Comments:

For my first HM, I felt clueless about the basics like how the pace should feel, how fast I could go, and what my time would be. My only strategy was to chase my highly experienced friend Tim, like I've done for the past few races. It worked again. I hung on Tim's heels until about mile 9, when he urged me to pull ahead. He kept close enough and won his age group by 6 or so minutes. I finished with another friend, Mark, who'd hung with us the entire race, and we both exceeded our expectations when we saw 1:39 on the timing clock.

Tim made me work a lot, but I still had energy in the tank at the finish, and felt good the entire time. We saw a lot of friends on the route cheering us on, on relay teams, fellow competitors, and friends along the course.

The vibe was great anyway, but it was a special experience to see so many friends in and supporting the race.

My tri and running buddies are now forcing me to admit that I'm a runner, and that''s okay ;)
What would you do differently?:

Ha. Not much, this way exceeded my expectations. If I did it over, I'd try to pace off of a friend who had three minutes on me, but I don't have any regrets about this, my first ever HM.
Post race
Warm down:

I was in solid shape, and was supporting other finishers within a few seconds. I eventually grazed the snacks and hydration.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Only experience. I was a complete rookie going into this. The next 70.3 will be a great run, and I'll have a good idea about what to do and what to expect.

Event comments:

The water stations were perfect, there were a lot of volunteers, and I was easily able to get Gatorade, water to splash on my jersey and drink, and even a gel. The course has a lot of turns, and isn't pancake flat, but is pretty and fun through Las Palmas and the Movie Colony. I'd do it again in the morning if I could ;)

Results




Last updated: 2013-10-21 12:00 AM
Running
01:39:10 | 13.1 miles | 07m 34s  min/mile
Age Group: 6/60
Overall: 93/1108
Performance: Good
Course: Through the neighborhoods of Palm Sprigs.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
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] 5

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