Running race 1:30:48 18.98 km (4:47 / km) +386m 4:21 / km
ahr:159 max:170 shoes: NB Minimus 20
SMT "hey who are all these other runners using OUR smt-trails" edition
I've been looking forward to this one all winter, so really happy that I didn't have to pull the plug with the Tenosynovitis developed at the rogaine. It was touch and go for a bit there, but the rest and having DrBilly work me over yesterday did the trick.
Arrived a little closer to my start time than I'd hoped, so severely shortened w/u and nerves wracking me as we approached the handoff. 'Bent came clamering up the hill right on schedule (nice work dude) and looked spent at the hand over, not even able to look up. Seeing that surged a degree of adrenaline into me wanting to give as much as 'Bent had obvisouly done, that I flew outta there at a crazy speed; only backing off the gas once on the Main Loop and my mind telling me that "…there's still a longish way to go".
Cruisy through the balance of the main loop and across the road. A small pickup in the ski trails to get ahead of a trail mob just before the single track down to Martin Rd. At this point I'd only looked at my watch a couple of times and not the time, but simply the HR and the pace. Did not like what I saw …high HR and both time paces of >4:30/km Certainly not reassuring, so that by the time I hit the Headwaters lollipop I put my head down and tried to push the pace as much as possible.
Came flying down the backside from farmer's and slowed a bit at the aid station to get some oxygen into the lungs before the dreaded climb back up to the exchange. Thankfully Trav was there at the top of the climb and paced me in over the last 40m, which made a huge difference; probably saved 20-30sec right there alone.
I really had a blast out there, both on course and through the day. Also, I really appreciate my teammates covering my 48sec deficit. Congrats to all and a huge thanks to Trav for doing a bang up job!