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Fitness Race day Results Running

First Halk Marathon Completed…ouch!

Wow this one hurt, my legs ache as I write this, I am not sure how I will cope with work over the next few days as my body tries to recover.

Finish time 1:57:00, thus I beat my 2 hour goal, but missed my 1:45 target time.

For the first 4km I was keeping pace with Kevin, but I knew this would not last, and he slowly gained several paces by the time we hit 5km. At this point I gave up on the pursuit and decided to drop into a comfortable pace that I knew would last.

By the time I hit 11km I was still feeling really good. Running to the beat with DJ Peter Cannellis was keeping me moving strong, and his first 1 hour track had come to an end. The next song was too slow of a beat so I just hit rewind and listened to the first song again, knowing that I needed to finish the race before the song ended to keep the 2 hour time limit.

I had a coworker setup my cameras at 13km, here’s a nice shot he took of me:

13km into my first Half Marathon and still feeling strong, the pain had not yet set in…

 

Thanks Lee.

As we rounded the south end of the track I was still passing people who were now starting to break down. I was 15km in, but exhaustion was starting to creep into my legs. By the time I hit the 16km mark I was really starting to feel the pain. My left knee was starting to give up, on the outer collateral ligament. I could feel the pain starting to build. Each foot fall added a very slight amount and it was only a matter of time before it would be too painful to continue. At the 17km mark I need to stop and walk it off. This was a really tough mental challenge, because I knew all the people I had just passed were now going to pass me back. I was loosing time and needed to keep moving.

For the next 3km I was walking on and off every 500 or so meters to let the pain subside. We came up to the final aid station and I stopped completely to drink the water. This was only about a 15 second ordeal but I was far from proud at this moment. I knew I wanted to finish strong so the rest was needed. I had about 1km to go and there was no stopping allowed.

I picked up the pace and focused on the goal, finish before the song ends. Pushing the pain out of mind I started to increase my stride. I rounded the last corner and had the finish line in sight…there was no stopping now. Simple fact, the faster you run the sooner its over. I want to finish strong and a sprint across the finish line will do just that. With only 250 meters to go I kept a steady increase to my pace. By the time I was 50 meters out I was running in a full sprint as fast as my damaged legs would carry me. This actually increased the praise from the crowd waiting at the side lines, I could hear people cheering me on as I “let er rip”.

I was done, and it felt good. All the senses came back and suddenly it was all real again. Its amazing how tunnel like my vision was as I ran that last 1km, I don’t really remember much of it, but the moment I exited the finish line area I could suddenly see in vivid color again. It was a sureal moment.

This was the last planned race of the year, thus it is now time to recover, reflect, and starting thinking about next years goals.

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Cycling Fitness Race day Results Running

5.8km run / 37.7km bike / 9.7km run

Well the race is done, and I am going to feel this one tomorrow. This was probably the coldest I have ever felt in my life. Pouring rain on us and a stiff wind from the north made the first half of the race nearly unbearable. At least 5 people did not finish the bike portion of the race, I assume they threw in the towel.

I am pretty happy with my performance considering the conditions. Did I mention it was cold?

 

Run #1 was a little slower than I was hoping, because I was held up in a couple spots by the people in front of me. Near the start we crossed under the railroad tracks and the water had washed out part of the path making it a difficult point to maneuver. I kept Kevin in sight and made it to transition before he left, strategy point #1 complete.

 

The Bike was brutal. Straight into the headwind for the first half. Pouring rain. Soaked to the bone. COLD! My hands completely lost feeling. I had to shift gears by using the palms of my hands because the fingers just didn’t work. I tried to pull out my water bottle from the cage, but my fingers were so stiff and numb that I could not grip it strong enough to pull it out of the cage. My shoes also filled up with water so that it felt like every down stoke I was splashing into a puddle. I passed Kevin about 2km into the bike, strategy point #2 complete.

 

At the half way mark I could not pull the brakes hard enough to slow down for the 180 turn, so I made this really wide turn and almost fell off the bike. I started looking for Cam, I was expecting him to pass me before this point. I found him about 2 minutes later. This meant I had about a 4 minute lead on him. Fending off older brother on the bike was working, strategy point #3.

 

From there on the wind was behind us, and it was all down hill to the finish line, so the speed really picked up a lot. I topped out at 62.5kph on one of the hills. This was a really cold moment, I think the temp was only 6 or 7 Celsius and did I say it was cold and raining? So This created a first that I found in the pictures later. That is ICE on my butt below the Canada flag. I guess I was going fast enough to create some low pressure and temperature drop around my body, such that I had little ice packs on my butt at the transition area. (They melted off by the time I hit the actual finish line.) At this point Cam had not yet caught up to me, strategy point #3 complete.

 

Run #2 was hard. You have no idea how hard it is to motivate your body to move when your that cold. I was numb from the knees down and leaving the transition area I felt like a pirate on two wooden pegs. I had to stop and walk a few times in the first 2 km. I didn’t really warm up until I hit the park area. Once there, I started to increase my pace from small baby steps to normal jogging pace. This is when the mental game really started. I knew I had two brothers behind me that were both looking to catch me. So I needed to keep the pace up.

 

The real game is to keep your focus on the finish line. My body was telling me to “stop” “take a break” “why are you working so hard?” “HEY! your knees and hips really hurt down here!” Ignoring your body can be really tough. Luckily There were several signs posted along the way to give competitors some extra motivation. My favorites were :

 

  • Order of extra fries tonight
  • Running is a mental sport, and we are all insane
  • If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.

 

Those helped me shift focus back onto the finish line and ignore the fact that my brothers were now gaining on me. By the time I hit the last bridge there was only 1.8km to go. My joints were really screaming now because we were back on pavement. I was glancing over my shoulder to see if my brothers were catching up, but, I ended up crossing the line first of the us three. So my strategy had payed off.

 

4th in age group, 18th overall out of 100 finishers. And 2 hours 35 minutes of pure torture that I plan to repeat next year. Hopefully its a little warmer and not so wet.

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Second 10k race

Finished the second race of the season. Another 10k, although this one was much larger and drew over 10,000 runners for all the different races that day. Nearly 2600 people ran the 10k at the same time. I must say I felt like a cow to the slaughter as I lined up for the start gate.

Start was good and the line thinned out pretty quick, within the first half kilometer I had a nice groove and plenty of room to breathe. I was trying to keep my older brother in view for the entire race this time, and I managed to hold sight of him until about the 8km mark. This allowed me to make a significant increase in pace and smash my personal best time.

With it all said and done I am pretty happy with the results. 25th in my age group and 152 overall puts me in the top 6% of the 10k racers that day. I was really hoping that I would best my 4:44 pace from last year during this race, but alas it was not meant to be. The next big race planned for this season is only 2 weeks away. Not enough time for any real changes to training, so I will try to hold on to what I have.