Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Orcas 50k

It's always a great time at this race. You get to ride on a Ferry and go to the San Juan Islands. And we had perfect weather.

I started at a pace that I expected to be able to keep for both loops (about 6 hours) but couldn't because of an unexpected extra 1100 feet of climbing per loop. Here's the profile of the course from my watch.

I could have (should have) slowed down halfway up the first climb, 2+ miles into the race, when I should have released it was 600 feet straight up not just 200 -300 feet.

By the time I finished the first loop in 2:52 I was already cramping in my calves and hamstrings from running too fast. I got in some really good training on tired legs in the second loop which I'm sure will help me as the year progresses and the distances get longer.

Funny stat, my 2:52 first loop would have but me in 20th place in the 25k but I ended up in 26th place in the 50k but only got passed by a couple people.

"Course Map" View behind my cabin
Early starters Come on James we're freezing

Halfway up the first climb
Glenn Tachiyama
Perfect day

Thank you and Goodnight!

**** here are a couple photo's by Glenn Tachiyama ****


Mother of Martineau Tribe said...

Looks like fun - can't wait to go and join the fun.

Backofpack said...

Oh, that last photo explains why you said you were done having children!

It sure was fun...

robtherunner said...

I'm going to have to do this race next year. Great photos! Especially the last one in the water. You're crazy!

Steve S said...

Fifty K Race $20, two nights in a cabin $20, standing around in a freezing cold lake with Leslie, priceless. Good running on tired legs. See ya soon.

olga said...

Awesome pictures! hey, I am using Glenn's photo of your lake recovery in my talk tonight:)

shawn said...

After seeing that picture of the hands & knees climb, I'm not sorry I missed it. I remember climbing that...still a newbie...thinking wtf? he's got to be kidding!

Nice finishing time on a tough course.

P.S. I think you are much better deserving of the "Frozen Cajones" title.

Journey to a Centum said...

I wish they would have taken us closer to the Killer Whale on the course map.

Yep we sure got our moneys worth of climbing in on the alternate course. No dissipointment on the level of difficulty.

Glen got a great shot of you and Leslie in the lake. Watch out for her, she's Banff Trail Trash. ;-)

Sunshine Girl said...

Who IS that hot girl in the lake?

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