Westerly Town Beach
5 mile run (Clamdigger Course), 16 mile bike (2 loop Misquamicut-Weekapaug: Atlantic -> Crandall -> Shore -> Noyes Neck)
Results here (overall at top, scroll down for run portion). 1st on run, 2nd overall!
Article in Westerly Sun.
Smaller crowd than usual, likely for several reasons: 1st time held after a 3-year hiatus, dearth of publicity, no online registration, same day as FirmMan Half Ironman.
The gun went off for the start of the run, and I found myself leading right from the start. Very soon I could not hear any footsteps at all. What gives? Did the gun really go off? Maybe some are just holding back to catch me a little ways in? I'm following the police cruiser down Atlantic Ave, so everything looks good, just don't think I've ever had a race where I never saw anyone beside me or in front of me for at least part of the race. A mile in at 6:02 still no one is within ear shot. Since no one is pushing me to set the pace, what pace should I run to finish strong but still leave enough in the tank for a bike race that I'll need to push hard for almost an hour?
|Start of the run (from greystoneracing.net)|
Follow the cruiser back onto Atlantic for mile 4 split at 6:01, and mile 5 at 6:01 also. Finished the run in 30:34, 6:07 pace. Two mistakes in transition: went to the wrong bike row (again!) and then was slow untying running shoes, until I took a cue from my kids that I usually admonish them for - don't untie them, just step on the heels and extract.
|Finishing up 5-mile run; photo from Greystone Racing|
Jumped in the ocean afterwards, then caught up with fellow WTAC'ers Steve, Polly, CarolAnn, John, etc. The race needs quite a bit of improvement in organization, publicity, and course marking, so I offered some constructive criticism and possible assistance if desired. Still a fun local race that I'm glad I participated in.