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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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Fitness Race day Results Running

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.

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Fitness Race day Results Running

First 10k race

Had my first race of the season today. I must say I did not prepare correctly for this.

The problem started a week ago when I smoked my left leg really hard and did some deep damage to the left quadriceps. It was sore and difficult to walk for 2 days. I knew this spelt bad news for the race so I dropped all training (because it would hurt too much anyways) and rested up for the full week.

I made one large error in not hydrating properly yesterday. That would com back to bite me in the gut later. I was out shooting at the range for a large portion of the day and became dehydrated enough to get a headache from it. I didn’t start re-hydrating properly until supper time. My pre race day diet was not that great either.

The third thing to complete my problem list was not eating enough for breakfast today. I thought that the pancakes I made for the kids would be enough, but sadly they ran out at the half way point.

As for the 10k race, I started out slow. Or at least it felt slow, but I told myself to hold off because there is still the whole race in front of me. This was the one good thing I did. I was actually pacing myself with my older brother Cam. This would also turn out to be a good thing. As the race progressed he was calling out the times as we passed the markers. The first was at 1km and he called out 6:44. WHAT???? no way we were that slow. I am training at 5:12…so what gives? This proceeded for the rest of the race. Calling out times as we passed markers that seemed to be misplaced.

My dehydration kicked in shortly after, I could feel my mouth was totally dry and I was wondering how far to the first water station. NOT A GOOD SIGN. I had a mini bottle with Gatorade mix in it and started downing it early.

We watched as Kevin left us in the dust. Cam timed him and found that he was a already a full minute ahead. At about the 4 km point we totally lost sight of him. We rounded the bend and started down a hill. I picked up the pace to gain a little time, because down hill is almost free. Cam would catch up near the bottom when it leveled out. I know he did not want to follow me, he was going for a tie race.

At 5km is when my injury revisited me. I could feel the slight pain starting to build in my left quad. This would progress and get more and more painful all the way to the end of the race. I really had to try and ignore it. It was also at this time that I noticed what a difference there is to run on a warm day. All of my training has been in cold to cool weather and this really was the first run of the year in shorts and t-shirt. It felt very hot and I was sweating buckets. Several drips were making it into my eyes for the stingy pain.

The next water station was at 7km and I took a small drink and poured the rest on my head. (Error 4, no sunscreen, now my noodle is burnt) At this time I tried to pace out in front where I thought the 7.5k mark SHOULD be (it wasn’t). When we hit that I told Cam we were 3/4 done. He called out the time. 36 minutes! SWEET! I did the quick math and figured out that we should cross the line at about 48 minutes. This would beat my 50 minute goal by 2 whole minutes. AWESOME!

At about 8km, we encountered a fairly large hill that would take some extra effort to climb. Again I set a high pace on the opposite side to make up some time. Cam was keeping up and edging slightly ahead of me. I was feeling drained and the pain in my leg was getting to the point of really making me feel like I should slow down. But I knew there was only a few minutes left.

I could see the turn for the finish line coming…Alright time to prep, need to get ready for some hard hitting sprint action to take the lead over Cam. Check the fuel tanks, just enough left for a 100 meter dash. Here it comes, I can feel the pace. Here’s the turn and WHAT WAIT….they said to keep going straight….but the finish line is over there and I know it, why are we going this way? CRAP.

Mental prep down the drain, we still have at least another 500 meters to go. Fuel in the tanks is thinning out. I’m running on fumes now. Not going for a sprint anymore. Need to finish with dignity, recheck the pace and hold position. Alright here comes the REAL left turn.

JUST GO MAN! I hear from beside me. What? I turn and look behind as Cam pewters out.

COME ON MOVE IT! I yell back. Crap, He just hit the wall.

Re-assess the strategy. Need to finish strong. There are two runners in front of me. A slight increase in pace will beat one to the line, and then if I still have enough juice for a final 25 meter sprint I might best the other. Check.

Within 100 meters I had bested the first target and was slowly closing the gap on the second. Alright, one final right turn and then its go time. As I hit the final turn I increased my pace to the max I felt comfortable with. Probably about a 75% sprint. I was gaining on the target fast. Can I make it? A little more…80% now, and passed him, with a solid 3 second lead time to the line.

DONE! 52:31

After the race was done we starting talking with the other racers about marker location and actual distance. We checked with two racers who had the fancy GPS watches. Actual course distance was 10.56km, and that was confirmed by two separate GPS watches.

Not only that, they calculated pace times based on 10.0km not the actual 10.56km which screws up the final posted times. So Kevin did the math:

Kevin

  • posted 48:22 = 4:51
  • 10.56 actual pace 4:34
  • 10k adjusted time 45:49

4:09 lead over Ryan

  • posted 52:31 = 5:16
  • 10.56 actual pace 4:58
  • 10k adjusted time 49:49

0:26 lead over Cam

  • posted 52:57 = 5:18
  • 10.56 actual pace 5:00
  • 10k adjusted time 50:00

I was quite annoyed when I first read my pace time of 5:16. I have had better training runs than that. So after recalculating for the actual distances I am much happier with my performance. I beat my goal by 11 seconds.