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Austin, Texas
United States
70F / 21C
Total Time = 43m 11s
Overall Rank = 222/14389
Age Group = M 45-49
Age Group Rank = 16/649
Pre-race routine:

Did this at the end of a 12 week build (and two week longer, more intense phase), so didn't have high expectations other than a fun venue. Figured I'd get a couple miles on the way to the race and run ~4 after, with the race accounting for my planned intensity (6.2 miles hard vs. 8x9' moderate - close enough). Parked a couple miles away, jogged to the race, ran around the city and then jogged back (plus a little).

What a great venue! They close the whole blinkin' downtown and let you run around it. Waaaay cool. Very well organized, lots of fans, just terrific.

Only bummer was that Kim's hip still hurt, so it was a solo effort.

Placed way better than I expected in the field and ran faster than I thought. Was only about 30" off my previous PB (for which I trained and tapered a couple years ago). So, very happy with that, too!
Event warmup:

Parked about 2 miles from race and ran to the start. 4-5 pickups at mile 1.5 then eased on in to corral A and moseyed up to the front. Took a half a GU about 10' prior to the race and bobbed around waiting for the gun.
  • 43m 11s
  • 6.26 miles
  • 06m 54s  min/mile

Started in the first corral, which was about perfect, as maybe a couple dozen people passed me in the first half mile and then I was in with others running my pace. Held a very steady pace through the race.

I'd aaaaaalmost forgotten how tough a 10k is mentally. Good to experience that again, as this will be a much more full racing season (I plan/hope) than last year.

Still had a little for a slight kick at the end, but not much - so it felt about perfectly paced for the day.

Very happy with this race and the outcome! Plus, running through a closed off city center? Awesome!
What would you do differently?:

Not much, except maybe not kick at the end (right quad is sore today, and I think that bit of exuberance might have contributed!). The outcome was even a bit better than I expected for the combination of time of year and where it fell in my training block, so I am quite happy with the race/execution and such.
Post race
Warm down:

Came across the line. Walked while my heart re-entered my chest. Then got a couple cups of NUUN, a power bar and a bottle of water (drank half of that) and milled about in the new, luxurious (and water wasteful) grass at Auditorium shores. Then jogged for 4 miles to get my miles for the day and warm down post-race. Still LOTS of folks on course 2 hours after the start (like THOUSANDS)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Only a 12 week build (and a tri build at that), with no taper (planned that way). The biggest thing was a summer and fall with really minimal training (move, new job, etc.). So, could have had a bigger base - but that's a minor thing.

Event comments:

What a great race! All the downtown Austin roads are closed for this; it's super-well organized; tons of fan support; HUGE field; great post-race activities... Just a terrific 10k!

Last updated: 2015-04-08 12:00 AM
00:43:11 | 06.26 miles | 06m 54s  min/mile
Age Group: 16/649
Overall: 222/14389
Performance: Good
Course: Hillier than I thought. Or rather that the few hills were bigger than I remembered from driving them. Terrific downtown venue with ALL the roads closed for us. Way cool.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
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] 5

2015-04-13 1:30 PM

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Austin, Texas
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2015-04-13 1:56 PM
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Englewood, Florida
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Very nicely done, congrats on racing a great venue!

2015-04-13 5:15 PM
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Rio Rancho, NM
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Sounds like a lot of fun at a great venue. I like the way you squeezed it in to your training run for the day.

Nice job, congrats!

2015-04-13 5:19 PM
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Brooklyn, New York
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Yet another raving review of an event down in Austin. Thanks for the report.
2015-04-14 2:54 AM
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Matt, that's all kinds of awesome!!  Congratulations on a great race and almost PR!!!

2015-04-14 6:44 AM
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Katy, Texas
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Very nicely done Matt!! I'm not sure what's more impressive, your 10k time or that you ran 4 miles after an all out 10k! Beast!

2015-04-14 9:36 AM
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Raleigh, NC area
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Congrats on the race.  Lots of awesome there!

2015-04-14 4:56 PM
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PEI, Canada
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Great job Matt!  222 of 14k is pretty impressive!

2015-04-14 5:08 PM
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Great job Matt! A great baseline race! 

Now how do you feel in regard to our discussion on substitution of racing for hard efforts and how the early in the week quality workout effects performance?

2015-04-14 8:49 PM
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Well done Matt! always nice to surprise yourself with good results. Congrats! 

2015-04-15 3:10 PM
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That is a huge 10K!  Congrats on a very speedy time, it sounds like the day turned out to be all you wanted and more.  Fast people in the manatee pod, I tell ya!

2015-04-16 8:29 PM
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Houston, Texas
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Wow, solid race!  Amazing to be so close to your PR without specifically training or tapering for it -- nice what a good base does for you apparently!

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