Doonst takes the Vulture Bait 2010

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Doonst takes the Vulture Bait 2010

Postby Doonst » Mon Oct 18, 2010 10:26 am

The race, Vulture Bait 25 K, the venue, Fanshawe Reservoir Conservation Area, London ON. The fastest and final event in OUSer's Ontario Trail Series. "The Trail Series is a 9-race series consisting of events of length 25 km to 32 km." There is also a 50 K distance, the final in the Ultra Series. This would be my 6th Trail Series race of the year (and 1 ultra), and the 4th time I've done Vulture Bait. It had been just 6 days since my last race, plus I had twisted my ankle on Wednesday at volleyball.
It was a perfect morning for running. Sunny and cool, I wore shorts, gloves, and a long sleeve shirt. The course was just a little muddy, but nothing to talk about. Pretty colours of leaves on the trees and the ground. It is a fast course, but each third is increasingly difficult. So once again I went out too fast. I knew I did last year, and tried to minimize it, but there I was running 4:45 splits as late as the 8th K. Look ma I can run fast! In the second third it is more single track and I chilled out a bit, still having fun. Other runners started to trickle past me here though, at least I recognized many as being in the 50 K. My fast start probably only cost me a little time; more in misery. Probably 10-12 people passed me in the second half compared to the 3 or 4 that I passed. Ugh, what a rookie move. I just kept trudging along in the last third, and soon enough it was over. In the end I did beat my last year's time by 1:46, but of course I had done the same thing then. Final time 2:19:09, and it did show as being longer than ever. I noticed one small change in the course from last year, around the 7 K mark, that I thought might shorten it, but the Garmin map shows some extra bits this year between 16 and 17. I reported 25.4 this year, 25.3 last year, up from 24.5 previous years. I'm sure they have their reasons for changing the course but it makes it hard to compare year to year.
On a more positive note I was able to hold on to second place in the series standings for males 50+. As I said I did 6 races, they count your best 5. For this I was awarded a plaque and a hat. Good attendance has its rewards!
As always the post run meal was above average: pasta, chicken, and caeser salad for me, as well as a desert table. I got to catch up with Ken the Tortoise as I waited for the awards. He was there to cheer on his local running partners, for an estimated 8 hours! What a guy, good luck in North Carolina Ken.
My right knee was a little stiff after the race, and by Saturday night was quite painful and puffy. Sunday I wore a knee brace, and with just some light yard work that day it seemed to fade. I was a little worried because it was in a new spot, but I think it will be okay. Still I am feeling a bit worse for wear, so am having second (or third) thoughts about doing another major race this year. I had been debating between Horror Hill 6 hour and the Hamilton full marathon, but... Maybe not, I'll ask myself again in about a week.
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Re: Doonst takes the Vulture Bait 2010

Postby Jo-Jo » Mon Oct 18, 2010 10:30 am

I've been waiting for this report...mainly because I wanted to know how you did in the series!!
Congrats on your 2nd place...nicely done Sheldon. And for bettering your time in this race over last year. :D
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Re: Doonst takes the Vulture Bait 2010

Postby Sir Crashalot » Mon Oct 18, 2010 11:29 am

Sweet!
Love the cap & shirt!
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Postby Robbie-T » Mon Oct 18, 2010 11:35 am

awesome big man, very proud of you.
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Re: Doonst takes the Vulture Bait 2010

Postby Annelizabeth » Mon Oct 18, 2010 12:09 pm

Very nice, good work....and come on do horror with me. I will be quite ill prepared so an injury would be good for you to have so we can complain together. It will be fun!

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Postby West Grey Runner » Mon Oct 18, 2010 1:40 pm

Plaque and a hat and a shirt to boot that is a fine way to end the season, congratulations Doonst! .

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Postby trixiee » Mon Oct 18, 2010 3:37 pm

Yeah for second place!
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Re: Doonst takes the Vulture Bait 2010

Postby Ken B » Mon Oct 18, 2010 4:19 pm

Nice report, Sheldon. It was good to see you appear over the last hill and power your way to the finish. Also, congratulations on your Ultra Series award. Well deserved, I must say! :)
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Re: Doonst takes the Vulture Bait 2010

Postby richie-rich » Mon Oct 18, 2010 4:34 pm

nicely done. 2nd place in age group is nice! well earned. rest your knee and ankle. think about shutting it down - a full marathon in 3 weeks may be a little too much

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Postby HCcD » Mon Oct 18, 2010 5:24 pm

Totally awesome, Big Guy ... what's next ?? :shifty: :wink:
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Postby ultraslacker » Mon Oct 18, 2010 5:25 pm

love that shirt!

congrats on your placement. that's awesome. :)

take it easy... there are lots of races to be run, no need to rush and get injured. :)
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Re: Doonst takes the Vulture Bait 2010

Postby दिवंगत » Mon Oct 18, 2010 6:36 pm

So many solid performances this year I've run out of comments to make to your reports. I'll settle for congrats on a great season so far and a fine, fine race this time too. :)

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Re: Doonst takes the Vulture Bait 2010

Postby Ironboy » Mon Oct 18, 2010 6:48 pm

I'm really glad I wasn't going up against you in this race!

Another podium finish! Outstanding!

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Re: Doonst takes the Vulture Bait 2010

Postby ian » Mon Oct 18, 2010 7:40 pm

Doonst wrote:what a rookie move

Maybe, but this season has sometimes seemed like a rookie season for you in terms of your experimentation with new events, your enthusiasm for racing, and a bunch of PBs.

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Postby Habs4ever » Mon Oct 18, 2010 8:51 pm

Congratulations on the award. Love the shirt. :D
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Doonst takes the Vulture Bait 2010

Postby BJH » Mon Oct 18, 2010 11:23 pm

Well done, my friend, well done.
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Postby mcshame » Tue Oct 19, 2010 6:19 am

yes, that shirt is nice, like the cap as well. Well done Sheldon and congrats on placing 2nd, very cool!

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Postby Mid_Packer » Tue Oct 19, 2010 6:55 am

Congratulations...and you have some swag to boot !

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Postby Robinandamelia » Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:16 am

Congrats on your 2nd place...awesome!

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Postby chunkymonkeymelonhed » Wed Oct 20, 2010 11:16 am

Great job Doonst! 2nd place for the series is fantastic.
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Postby Lightning » Wed Oct 20, 2010 11:35 am

Awesome job, Doonst! I will be back in a week (ok, 5 days now) to check if you are doing Hamilton! If not, enjoy some well-deserved rest.
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Postby casual-runner » Sun Oct 24, 2010 8:22 pm

Great job Sheldon. Nice award. I can't believe that you are still improving year after year :clap: :clap:
I didn't have yet time to congratulate you on your 50K, so congrats on that. I am hoping that your knee will be good soon. I decided to scrap my Niagara, Hamilton races (work, colds and other reasons) and probably see you at the Boxing Day Run.
I am planning Sulphur Springs 50K next year, but if you running 25K I will probably try to beat you there at this distance...the course will change there due to trail restoration.
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Postby Doonst » Sun Oct 24, 2010 9:18 pm

casual-runner wrote:Great job Sheldon. Nice award. I can't believe that you are still improving year after year :clap: :clap:
I didn't have yet time to congratulate you on your 50K, so congrats on that. I am hoping that your knee will be good soon. I decided to scrap my Niagara, Hamilton races (work, colds and other reasons) and probably see you at the Boxing Day Run.
I am planning Sulphur Springs 50K next year, but if you running 25K I will probably try to beat you there at this distance...the course will change there due to trail restoration.

You're sure thinking ahead! So am I. Nothing personal, but 2011 might be my return to National Capital Marathon that weekend. The only time I've missed Sulphur was my first marathon in Ottawa '07.

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