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AirForceRunner @ Creemore Vertical Challenge

Postby AirForceRunner » Sat Jul 03, 2010 8:03 pm

Hills....BIG ONES!!!
Today was the annual Creemore Vertical Challenge 25/50 km races. This is a small race (200 cap total for both races) which starts and finishes in the race director's backyard. My goal for this race was twofold...rectify the disaster that was Sulphur Springs, and more importantly, exact revenge on my pal Andrew, who beat me at Sulphur. :twisted: We would be running the 25 km.
30 mins before the race, I met up with Doonst and Robbie-T. Doonst I've raced a few times...Robbie, this was the first time I met this RM legend. I've gotta be frank....Robbie comes across as somewhat larger than life in this forum, and I honestly expected a really brash guy. I couldn't have been more wrong. Really well grounded guy in person despite his seemingly 'ceiling-less' talent. I then got to meet WestGreyRunner. This man exudes positive energy...and there will be more on this later.
Shortly after 8 am, the sound of a shotgun rings out, and we're off. A short stretch of dirt road, and we're into the bush for some really slow single-file action. it kinda felt like I was in line at Timmies. :lol: My bad for starting so far back. But it allowed for some entertaining trash talk between myself and Andrew, which had runners around us laughing.
We come out onto the road at about 3 km, and Andrew tells me to go on without him. He was a little under the weather, and the heat, though not at its peak yet, may have been getting to him. I stuck with him until about 5 km, and then started to drift away. Then, the hills began.
It wasn't too bad at this point. It went uphill, flat, uphill, flat...kind of like really big stairs, if that makes sense. But as the race progressed, the hills got bigger.
The race left the road, I won't guess at which km, and headed into some nicely shaded woods. Fun flat single-track through here. I really enjoyed this section. But as always, what goes up, must come down. I may have the next section out of sequence (Robbie, Doonst?). Back onto the road for a plummeting hill. WOW!!! Despite some tired legs roughly 10 km in, I hit 3:34/km while on this hill. Long fast downhills like this can really pound you, but rather than checking up, I just leaned forward and hoped for the best. I survived the plummet, but as predicted, my quads took and absolute beating, which would linger for the rest of the race.
As before, but inverse, what goes down, must come up. The return trip up the escarpment was on rocky trail, and nobody around me was running. The trip up this hill involved a brief encounter with The Viking, who I passed at the top. Of course a seasoned guy like that, it didn't take him long to pass me back. :lol:
Once again, back onto the road, believing that after that last killer hill, we must be at the top of the escarpment. Not quite. A bit more climbing to do, and then at flat section for about 2 km.
During this flat section, roughly 20 km in, WestGreyRuner came up on me as I was finishing up with water-belt technical difficulties. He immediately recognized me and asked how I was doing. I turned, and what do I see but that tell-tale smile. He isn't posing in his pics, folks....I think he runs with that smile all the time. His attitude infused me with a little energy at a time when I thought gastro issues were going to jump up and bite me. Thanks WGR!!
From this point, it was virtually all downhill. I was hoping for a fast finish, but it wasn't to be had. Some field running, and then into the bush for 2 rope assist sections. That was dodgy but fun. From there, another field, and then a suspension bridge, and a very bouncy one at that. You almost had to time your footstrikes to the bounce, which I did very poorly, and no doubt looked like a duck running across a bridge. :lol: 50 metres past the bridge, and the race is done. I didn't look at the clock, and stopped my Garmin WAY late, so I'll guess 2:43ish. Andrew came in around 2:48....so revenge exacted!! :twisted: 8)
Post race....a dip in a very cold river on the RD's property....cold, but blissful. The legs took such a beating, the cold water may save me this time tomorrow from excessive DOMS. Not sure how Doonst did, but Robbie tore it up for 4th overall....dude is SICK fast!!
Race highlights:
Handmade clay medal at the finish
Creemore Springs Beer at the finish
No dehydration issues like at Sulphur (2 lbs lost vice 10ish last time)
Simply AWESOME race.

Race lowlights:
Losing a nip tape, with the resultant blood streak down a white shirt. :oops:

Overall, great race experience, top 3 in my books. I will absolutely be back.
Last edited by AirForceRunner on Sun Jul 04, 2010 7:40 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Postby Sir Crashalot » Sat Jul 03, 2010 8:23 pm

Great job!
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Re: AirForceRunner takes to the sky at Creemore Challenge

Postby mas_runner » Sat Jul 03, 2010 8:31 pm

That race sounded awesome, great run too.
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Re: AirForceRunner takes to the sky at Creemore Challenge

Postby HCcD » Sat Jul 03, 2010 8:45 pm

Sounds like fun ... :shock: :lol: :wink:
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Postby Robbie-T » Sat Jul 03, 2010 9:22 pm

Nice meeting you finally, I'm sorry I didn't meet your expectations, I'll try harder next time, nah I just let the clock do the talking for me. :lol:

I have to agree that was a fun, great race.
I also need to agree that Ron is like an excited puppy while he is racing trails "oh boy oh boy I get to run trails today..." love that guy.
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Re: AirForceRunner takes to the sky at Creemore Challenge

Postby Doonst » Sat Jul 03, 2010 9:27 pm

That was indeed big fun, but I missed the trash talk this time! Yeah I came in somewhere between you and Robbie. Maybe just a little closer to you. :lol:
The scene after the race, was one of the top ones for sure. After all the nasty running. Good seeing you again, what's the next time, ITT :?: :idea:
You're sure right about Robbie and Ron, two cooler guys you might never meet.
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Postby DonnaRigs » Sat Jul 03, 2010 9:32 pm

Sounds like a super-fun time!
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Postby Jo-Jo » Sun Jul 04, 2010 7:39 am

What a happy race report :D :D
Sounds like you had a great time out there!!
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Re: AirForceRunner @ Creemore Vertical Challenge

Postby Nature Girl » Sun Jul 04, 2010 7:41 am

Nice work!
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Postby VeloCarrie » Sun Jul 04, 2010 8:44 am

Congratulations! Sounds like a great time!
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Postby Jwolf » Sun Jul 04, 2010 8:59 am

Sounds like quite a race! Glad your body cooperated for this one, Rick. :) Good times!
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Re: AirForceRunner @ Creemore Vertical Challenge

Postby ratherBrunning » Sun Jul 04, 2010 10:41 am

Awesome--way to go AFR!
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Re: AirForceRunner @ Creemore Vertical Challenge

Postby West Grey Runner » Sun Jul 04, 2010 11:16 am

AFR ...funny!
it kinda felt like I was in line at Timmies.


Thanks WGR!!
Your welcome ... had a few frowns on the back 9 but some days are just like that!

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Re: AirForceRunner @ Creemore Vertical Challenge

Postby blank » Sun Jul 04, 2010 11:40 am

Nice race report AFR. Sounds like a great course and a fun time.

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AirForceRunner @ Creemore Vertical Challenge

Postby b_squared » Sun Jul 04, 2010 1:51 pm

Nice training run for Haliburton AFR!
Glad that this one worked out better for you.

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Re: AirForceRunner @ Creemore Vertical Challenge

Postby Mouse » Sun Jul 04, 2010 3:03 pm

Neat report. Guess you will move up closer to the front next time to miss the Timmies line..... Ain't it fun to meet and find out the image that you have of a maniac isn't the one you had...
Great race, Congrats.
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Postby Spirit Unleashed » Sun Jul 04, 2010 3:42 pm

This is the first report where you don't sound insane! Good job!! :D :D
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Postby Jo-Jo » Sun Jul 04, 2010 3:44 pm

ultra spirit wrote:This is the first report where you don't sound insane! Good job!! :D :D


ROFL with this comment :lol: :lol: :lol:

ETA: on second thought not sure Spirit is a good Barometer for measuring sanity... :roll: :D :wink:
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Postby casual-runner » Sun Jul 04, 2010 7:22 pm

Congratulations on beating Andrew :clap: so it wasn't a trophy shallonge I guess?
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Postby scottp » Sun Jul 04, 2010 7:59 pm

Congrats, hope you got those hills memorized for next year!

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Postby QuickChick » Sun Jul 04, 2010 8:14 pm

Nice! Sounds very tough, but I'm so glad you had a good time compared to Sulphur. Way to get back on the horse!
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Re: AirForceRunner @ Creemore Vertical Challenge

Postby ian » Mon Jul 05, 2010 5:01 pm

It's hard to have anything but a fun & exhausting day when you do a trail race with an attitude like that.


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