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Portland, Oregon
United States
44F / 7C
Total Time = 20m 58s
Overall Rank = 3/85
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 1/16
Pre-race routine:

Granola, coffee. 1 bite peanut butter toast, which I regretted!
Event warmup:

Ran w/ Heather about 8 minutes, 2 acceleration gliders. Seemed good that I warmed up!
  • 20m 58s
  • 5 kms
  • 04m 11s  min/km

I read about the race a bit and knew I should be able to be #3, so I lined up near the front. I overheard one girl near me, also a frontrunner, had a planned pace of 7:30 and I thought, I can be faster than that so I am ok to be near the front.
What would you do differently?:

I think I could not have done this differently. I passed the #4 girl and left her well behind. I saw the #2 girl and stayed at her heels. I passed her just after the last hill, band felt good, then almost thought I would puke, then felt good again and pulled ahead. But then I heard her coming and I knew I didn't have anything left to accelerate. She was ahead by 10 sec at finish! I was still delighted w/ my time. Goal was <7 min/mile and I broke 21 min which was goal #2 . . . 6:45 pace is great, my fastest ever I think.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nada. I skipped weights this day. Weight was 128.8 after race. But it is February so I don't want to be thin this time of year.

Event comments:

Awesome super fun race series -- never let winter win! Paula has a great raffle post-race, SinDawgs and real food too, and tosses Dave's bread into the crowd -- so fun!

Last updated: 2017-02-18 12:00 AM
00:20:58 | 05 kms | 04m 11s  min/km
Age Group: 1/16
Overall: 3/85
Performance: Good
Course: Flat
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
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

2017-02-18 5:29 PM

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