Around the Bay road race (30k) results
10 k splits: 56 min, 53 min, 49 min(!)
Interesting event along the run:
- I chatted with a fellow runner who had a IM Lake Placid Jersey. It turned out he was the driver for the mechanic who fixed my bike last year when I did Lake Placid. What a small world. I ran faster and passed him. I wished I got his name and thank him for helping me out
- at 20 k mark, a lady complained that she forgot her gel. I gave her mine
- another lady ran 60 km the day before and ran 10 km on the hills before running this race (30 km). CRAZY! Her pace was pretty fast as I catched up to her at 20 km. She is training for those 100 milers (180 km) run.
The course is set out that the first 20 k is flat and there are 6 k of rolling hills with one large climb at the end and 4 km downhill going back. Look at my splits, my pace was very well planned and consistent through the race even with the hills at the end.
There is a huge climb at 26 k. I drove around the course on Fri and miss this climb. Opps. Before climbing, you have a whole view of the hill. When I saw that and saw all the runners climbing, I just smile. I know it would be a huge challenge. I kept the pace steady and keep moving up...(crank it like it hurts)
Once at the top, the last 4 km is a slow descent back to the starting point. I really wanted to slow down. 4 km for me equates to 20 min. I just kept counting down until hitting the finish line.
After I picked up my medal and my food, I sat around and watched the finishers. There was father with two daughters. I struck up a conversation. He was waiting for his wife that was a walker.
She must have been out there for 4-5 hours. The kids were about 10-12. I was wondering how great was it to have the whole family waiting for her to finish. It would be great inspiration for the kids and an awesome family event. I couldn't even put in words to describe it.
Seeing all the finishers made me wonder what they were training for. Some run for their family, some are raising money for cancer or other charitable cause, some run for fun, some run to compete. Each one of them who cross the finish line has their own story. And today we were toeing on the line to tell the story.
I analyze on my race result. I will explore that in a later post. I am really happy about my splits. I guess my training is heading the right direction.
Right now my mind is shutting down and I need rest.
I hope everyone has a as great weekend as I did =D