Results here. 25:16, 6:20 average pace. 36th out of 693. 4th in age group.
I'll get my excuses out of the way right here:
- Two blood blisters on feet from BI Tri just 1/2 day before.
- Legs still beat up from tri.
|Small but determined contingent sporting WTAC singlets today|
in a sea of many club uniforms
|The stacked starting line|
The first mile is straight on Matunuck School House Road, and I finished that in 5:58, my only sub-6 of the day. Mile 2 seemed to go by quick, maybe because of change of roads twice, but it was a much slower 6:27. Mile 3 was a complete suffer-fest and breakdown for me with a 6:37 pace (a full 40 seconds off my first mile), baking in the sun totally exposed on Cards Pond Road with fields on both sides of road. Although Mile 4 was uphill through a neighborhood with a number of turns, two things kept me going: sprinklers/hoses and knowing the misery will end soon. Finished my final mile in 6:17.
finally the race end is within sight
The initial results posted showed me as placing in my age group, but adjusted results showed me missing 3rd place by just TWO SECONDS! Had I any idea, I could've tried harder at end, but that's OK, I had my day yesterday at the BI Tri, and didn't really feel my results here were worthy of placing anyway.
|Seeking heat relief post-race in the cold shower from a fire hose|
(l-r) Mark, Mike G, Jeff, Mike C, Matthew
Congrats to Matthew for winning his age group! 1st out of 18 boys in 12&under. Mark was less than two minutes behind me with a solid 6:49 pace in this heat. Mike G also placed in his age group with a 2nd.