Robbie-T @ Devil's XC Run 5k

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Robbie-T @ Devil's XC Run 5k

Postby Robbie-T » Sat Oct 30, 2010 3:17 pm

Quick report. This race was right before the Ontario University Championships so there was a great atmosphere and a buzz in the air.

The boys had hockey practice at 8am and I go on the ice with them and help coach. After it was done I busted out to Guelph with plenty of time to spare before the 10:30 start. Got my bib and ran one loop of the course as warm up. The race is a hilly 5k XC race that you do 2 loops with the finish line at the top of a steep hill, very evil.

Finished my warm up, put on my spikes and headed to the starting area. First thing I notice is that I am old here, most of the racers are University or High School athletes. First thoughts, I'm going to get mine handed to me today, oh well go hard or go home.

I love the atmosphere of XC races, fast racing spikes, cold weather, mud, dirt, grass, hills, trails and running all out to the finish. Everyone gets to be virtually on the front line and you sprint to a tiny trail opening on a hard turn, first there gets the pole position. Awesome!

We all take off, and I'm out a bit slow and get held up some at the corner. Making myself some room and start passing a few and get into my position. I fly by 1k 3:28 (slow start). The rest of the loop climbs, and I pick off a few more, those young kids haven't learned how to climb very well yet ;-)

One loop to go, I have no idea where I stand right now, just keep running hard as I can, I pick off one more and try to catch more but I'm all on my own now, I make some ground but that is all. The final 1/2 km is tough, down a short dip and come out hard and up this stupid hill where you should be kicking but all you can do is just move forward as hard as you can. At the top you are about 100m from the finish line but now you can't breathe because you already choked up your lungs. Good thing there was no one even close to me to make me attempt to sprint.

The guy cutting off my chip asked me how I felt, I said "I feel better now" meaning that I got to race in my spikes, not because it was over.

In the end I was 20th overall, 2nd in my age group.
Time 18:50, only 30 seconds slower then 5k a few weeks ago on a road course, this course made that one look like a treadmill run.
XC is awesome if you have a chance do it.

oh yah met Reid Coolseat, got an autographed picture of him, shook his hand.
I was able to check out the new New Balance Minimus, I love them!

Great day! And all that before noon!!
Baked a pumpkin pie and wrote this with one hand because sick baby is sleeping in my other arm.
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Re: Robbie-T @ Devil's XC Run 5k

Postby richie-rich » Sat Oct 30, 2010 4:01 pm

as always, nice job. that's a great time considering the hills. i'm sure the wind was a factor as well. show those young punks who's boss!

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Postby दिवंगत » Sat Oct 30, 2010 4:15 pm

Nice run and congrats on the podium finish.

I'm about as likely to do a XC race as you are to do a triathlon; you almost make it sound like fun though, I'll give you that.

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Postby Strider » Sat Oct 30, 2010 5:34 pm

Sweet. Gotta get back to the Mud. Good job olde-bros.
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Postby HCcD » Sat Oct 30, 2010 5:36 pm

We have lift off, Rocket Robbie-T has lifted off, once again ... :lol: :wink: :shifty:
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Postby ROW » Sat Oct 30, 2010 7:18 pm

Great run! I was going to come out, but with my hip like it is, theres no way I would've survived haha. Sounds like a good time. I'm going to miss xc, a whole year to wait again :lol: Thats so cool you met Reid Coolseat.

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Re: Robbie-T @ Devil's XC Run 5k

Postby Doonst » Sun Oct 31, 2010 12:38 pm

Great report Robbie, I could almost feel the yummy pain. Nice result, for an older dude!
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Re: Robbie-T @ Devil's XC Run 5k

Postby b_squared » Sun Oct 31, 2010 7:41 pm

Sounds fun Robbie...nice run, as usual!

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Postby Spirit Unleashed » Sun Oct 31, 2010 7:50 pm

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Re: Robbie-T @ Devil's XC Run 5k

Postby kpoire » Mon Nov 01, 2010 10:45 am

Great job, Robbie. another smokin' race!

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Postby mcshame » Wed Nov 03, 2010 5:55 am

Great race, good to see that you're well on the mend. Sick kids...story of a parents life!

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Re: Robbie-T @ Devil's XC Run 5k

Postby Robinandamelia » Wed Nov 03, 2010 10:43 am

Wow super fast, congrats!

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Re: Robbie-T @ Devil's XC Run 5k

Postby West Grey Runner » Wed Nov 03, 2010 1:34 pm

I can tell that you have a real passion for XC. The trail and speed and the charged atmosphere really gets you going. Congratulations on your 20th overall and 2nd in your age group.

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Re: Robbie-T @ Devil's XC Run 5k

Postby Nicholas » Wed Nov 03, 2010 3:28 pm

Great race, sir! So, um, if they were all young college kids...was there a third place in your age category? :D
Spikes, mud, 5K...good combo.
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Re: Robbie-T @ Devil's XC Run 5k

Postby Robbie-T » Wed Nov 03, 2010 3:42 pm

Nick wrote:So, um, if they were all young college kids...was there a third place in your age category? :D


You are very wise, I was in the top half of my category ;-)
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Around the Bay - 1:58
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"If I'm running, it will be a good run" - Robbie-T

"I just hope that people look at it and say, 'Hey if this yahoo can do it, then I can do it too.' That'd be cool if people thought that. It's just a matter of putting the miles in and working. It's not so much how much talent you have. I hope." - Brian Sell.

"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the Gift." - Pre


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