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Cider Mill 5k - Run

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Tolland, Connecticut
United States
60F / 16C
Total Time = 23m 46s
Overall Rank = 18/100
Age Group = M60-69
Age Group Rank = 1/4
Pre-race routine:

Later morning race but tried to keep the same routine. Ate 300 calories 3 hrs prior with Boost/coffee/RK treat. Sipped on 20 oz G2 with nuun. Went to the BR but felt tight. Stretched the best I could-several times. Light rain but it eventually stopped. Was very cold-initially in the high 50's but 'warmed up' to ~60 by race start. Gloves/hat/sweat pants and rain jacket wasn't even enough-had toe warmers also...
Event warmup:

Walked to packet pickup with my bag sipping G2. Got my bib and had to pin it on as I forgot my race belt. Also forgot my inhaler and didn't realize it until later. Jogged and walked and did a very few strides. Stretched again and a few more strides. Felt much looser by the end.
  • 23m 46s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 07m 40s  min/mile

Well, that hill in the beginning sucked the life out of many but most people were grinding as hard as they could-and I was one of them. Could hear the faint wheeze by the time I got to the top and as I started down, I got a bit worried bounding down thinking I might reinjure my R hip/heel. Fortunately, I did not feel any pain during the race-only after. That's what ice is for anyway, right?
What would you do differently?:

Pre-drive the course to remember the layout.
Post race
Warm down:

Walking back to the car counts as the warm down for me.

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

This was really a great race with tons of volunteers and the RD was so upbeat trying to give a positive spin on his 'favorite hill' in Tolland. I enjoyed the challenge and now that I remember it-will pass on doing it again. It was that hard. Saw a lot of kids and many of them had terrific fitness to be able to run this. Crazy to be hyper-ventilating and struggling to breathe with 2 kids about 10 years old right in front of me carrying on a conversation about their expected finish time. Ah, youth...Two thumbs up overall.

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Last updated: 2022-09-24 12:00 AM
00:23:46 | 03.1 miles | 07m 40s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/4
Overall: 18/100
Performance: Good
7:52/7:39/7:30/44 (6:54 pace) HR-142 ave/155 max
Course: Big loop that starts out with 110 foot 2 part hill that starts climbing immediatelly. Mild incline initially with 2 sharp rises then rolling down to 1.5 mile mark. Climb again to 2 miles then gently rolling down with baby bumps. Final ~1/4 mile is down.
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
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

2022-10-02 8:19 AM

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