Garmin data here.
On the way to the race I drank a bottle of Blueberry-Pomegranate Generation UCAN. This race was supposed to be about 7 miles long so not too long that I would need anything more than water, but I wanted to make sure I was well fueled heading in. And it tastes good.
Registration and warm-up was the same as usual, except I was wearing a few extra layers. About 8 minutes before the start, I stripped off my extra layers and headed to the starting line. I found Kelly. She usually finishes a minute or so before me, so I figured if I could keep her in sight, I'd be doing OK.
|See the top of the bluff? We went up there.|
The gun went off and the group headed on a gravel road and then turned on to a paved road. We went up. 166 feet in that first mile. Once we were up we turned on the the trail and the fun begins. Ups and downs. Steep ups and steep downs. Rocky ups, rocky downs. Relentless.
Needless to say I warmed up quickly! I took my gloves off around the half-way point and could have gone without my ear warmers. Every so often I would look ahead and for the first 2/3 of the race I could see Kelly just slightly ahead.
|Showing some love for Punk Rock Racing|
|Bales of hay found in the middle of a trail. Normally unusual, but not in a fall series race!|
|That's not a smile, that's a grimace.|