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Fountain Hills, Arizona
United States
Bandidos
50F / 10C
Sunny
Total Time = 58m 34s
Overall Rank = 47/799
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 4/53
Pre-race routine:

Up at 5, out the door at 6, coffee and oats at Starbuck's on the way
Event warmup:

Easy two mile run with some race pace bursts.
Run
  • 58m 34s
  • 15 kms
  • 03m 54s  min/km
Comments:

Race pays pretty well so you get a lot of All Americans and general Elite studs and studettes that show up for this thing. Knowing that, I wasn't getting anywhere near the front of the line. Lined up about 4 or 5 rows back next to my Team Zoot teammate David. David is wicked fast so my plan was to just try and stay on his heels the entire way and see what happens.

Off the gun we slowly made our way around a few other runners and then just sat in on our pace climbing out of the start. Once we made the left onto McDowell Mountain Road I tried to open the legs up a little and bank some time. We were running around 5:20s and my engine wanted to rev higher but my legs just couldn't go any faster. Big week of training and the resulting load of fatigue was certainly present. That frustration of plopping a race in the middle of a big training build, knowing you are capable of more. Anyway, we were still having fun!

Falling out of the park David was already started to put some time into me and i just accepted the fact that I was going to get my butt handed to me. Next thing I know I'm running fairly alone, with a pack of 6 or 7 roughly 50 yards in front of me. Did I mention the wind? Gusty, decently stiff and in our face then entire race. I kept wishing I could reel the pack in front of me in so I could get some draft relief but it wasn't in the legs to go faster.

Pretty uneventful for the rest of the race. Once the road leveled a bit and turned into the rollers around mile 4 I kept looking at my HR and couldn't believe how low it was. Curse there was so much more speed there that I just couldn't tap into. Climbing the rollers was a good gut check on how I was feeling and hitting the hill at mile 7 was like running into a semi truck. BAM, life sucked out! The only glorious part was a runner that came up beside me, gave me a "good job" and then the two of us pushed up the hill together. Nice having a mate to help you out. As we were closing in on the crest I put a bit more effort out and pulled away from him.

Cruised from then on into the finish. The final climb wasn't terribly bad and came across the line a little disappointed that I didn't run closer to 57 flat but still satisfied.
What would you do differently?:

Not much I could considering where in the calendar this race fell this year. Awesome race though and if I'm not running Boston next year again then I'm definitely tapering a bit for this thing and seeing what kind of time we can post.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

Kryptonite

Event comments:

Way fun race! We (Team Zoot Southwest) entered the mixed open team category where the top three times on your team (one must be female) are calculated and the overall winning team then wins the weight of one of their team members in beer. When the dust settled we fell into 2nd place next to our friends at One Multisport by a mere three seconds! Oh well, I gave up drinking beer until after Boston anyway.


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Last updated: 2014-03-10 12:00 AM
Running
00:58:34 | 15 kms | 03m 54s  min/km
Age Group: 4/53
Overall: 47/799
Performance: Average
Course: Starts at McDowell Mountain Park and runs mostly downhill (big net loss) into the city of Fountain Hills, finishing at Fountain Park right in the middle of town. Actually a fairly challenging course despite its net downhill. Following a short climb out of the start you turn left to begin the run out of the park. The next 4 miles are just falling the entire way and it's easy to pick up too much speed. Definitely need to be careful with it because the back half of the course will make you pay. 4-6 is still slightly falling but with some decent rollers mixed in to keep you honest and then at mile 6 you start climbing, and climbing. Crest through 7, begin falling again and make a left to head towards the fountain. Still losing elevation through mile 8.5 when you're greeted with a fun, short climb that levels into the finish chute.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
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2014-03-10 12:09 PM
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Subject: RE: Mountain to Fountain 15K

Also, the OA female winner was Ryan Hall's wife, Sara. Thought that was pretty cool. 

2014-03-10 12:25 PM
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I was going to ask if you saw Sara. Nice work! Gotta love these training races!

15K is an odd distance to pace, too. 

 

2014-03-10 12:29 PM
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Originally posted by Asalzwed

I was going to ask if you saw Sara. Nice work! Gotta love these training races!

15K is an odd distance to pace, too. 

 

Yeah, definitely some amazing ladies out there. Sara, Sara Slattery, Nicole Feest (I'd propose to her if I had the opportunity), and others. Also, yes, weird distance to pace and given I'd never ran this course before and the elevation profile it made it even that much more difficult to pace. Super fun though! 

2014-03-10 12:31 PM
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Originally posted by thebigb

Originally posted by Asalzwed

I was going to ask if you saw Sara. Nice work! Gotta love these training races!

15K is an odd distance to pace, too. 

 

Yeah, definitely some amazing ladies out there. Sara, Sara Slattery, Nicole Feest (I'd propose to her if I had the opportunity), and others. Also, yes, weird distance to pace and given I'd never ran this course before and the elevation profile it made it even that much more difficult to pace. Super fun though! 

You just need to catch up to her next time



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2014-03-10 12:36 PM
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Originally posted by Asalzwed

Originally posted by thebigb

Originally posted by Asalzwed

I was going to ask if you saw Sara. Nice work! Gotta love these training races!

15K is an odd distance to pace, too. 

 

Yeah, definitely some amazing ladies out there. Sara, Sara Slattery, Nicole Feest (I'd propose to her if I had the opportunity), and others. Also, yes, weird distance to pace and given I'd never ran this course before and the elevation profile it made it even that much more difficult to pace. Super fun though! 

You just need to catch up to her next time

She was within sight the entire way *drool* Next year I'm tapering out for this thing. Actually hoping I can nail my tri goal for this year and then next year I'm going run only and seeing what I can do. 



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