Robbie-T @ ATB 09

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Robbie-T @ ATB 09

Postby Robbie-T » Sun Mar 29, 2009 9:57 pm

I love ATB, 4th time here, 1 Bronze and 2 Silvers, 30k has always been a great distance for me, and these hills have always gave me a boost.

My goal was 1:59:59, no secondary goal.
Training was going very well, but I still wasn't sure I could hold a sub 4:00 pace for 30k on flats with no wind, but with wind, rain and hills I knew it would be a big challenge, if I ran a great race I thought it could be close, and I maybe had a chance.

Got to Copps early, socialized best I could, then went out to warm up with ShaggyTour before the race (he also had the same goal)

Took off banging out 4:00 min kms easily for the first 12k (10k 40:08 ) ShaggyTour dropped off somewhere around here. Crank Dat Soldier Boy was running through my mind at this point. I was running with another guy ShaggyTour knew for the next while. He was looking strong, but then fell off around 17k. Around 15k (1:00:24) I was feeling as if this was starting to get tough and had fallen back a bit further on my goal. That feeling passed quickly as I got closer to hills, my energy came back and I was motivated again to attack the hills.

20k 1:19:57 - back on track

I hit the hills on my own, the song "That's Not My Name" by the Ting Tings in my mind and was passing guys easily, I passed the third place woman climbing up to Plains Rd. Another guy attached on to me as I passed him until just before the big hill. He thanked me for pulling him along and telling him to suck it up :lol:

Up the hill and recover quickly, and push hard for the rest, I know I'm close, I passed the 2nd place woman at 29k and it appears I have a bit of a cushion (30s maybe a minute). I keep hammering hard just in case, sprint into Copps and see the time clock!! 1:59:49 what the!!! I started straight out sprinting to the line, crossed under 1:59:58, and gave them the classic double arm bicep pose. I'm the last guy with a gold medal this year. I did get chicked but she was from Kenya, does that still count?

Gave out a bunch of hoops and hollers, can't believe I did that. I can't believe anyone else thought I could do that either.

Now McMillan thinks I can run a 2:52 Marathon :shock: where does the insanity stop!!

26 second negative split
1:59:58 Gold Medal
Splits (these are pretty, and worth a look)
6/374 AG
45/2618 Gender
46/4917 Overall

However it doesn't matter how fast I run, I still come home and need to clean up poop. 8)

I did a little digging, this year was the lowest number of Gold medals handed out to males in the last 11 years, I couldn't get race results further back then 1999.

2009 - 46
2008 - 56
2007 - 67
2006 - 64
2005 - 49 (I ran this one it was snowing ice for some of it)
2004 - 73
2003 - 69
2002 - 64
2001 - 50
2000 - 73
1999 - 97

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Postby seuss » Sun Mar 29, 2009 10:01 pm

well done! i think we need the details of your entire playlist. i am sure that music is the only thing keeping me from running like you.
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Postby moof324 » Sun Mar 29, 2009 10:01 pm

Awesome run!!! Way to earn your gold!
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Re: Robbie-T @ ATB 09

Postby redhead » Sun Mar 29, 2009 10:03 pm

Robbie-T wrote:where does the insanity stop!!

With you? Apparently it doesn't! Fantastic race Robbie, and exciting report. Congratulations on getting the gold!
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Postby HCcD » Sun Mar 29, 2009 10:05 pm

Holy Smokin' Gold Batman, err Robbie-T ... Loved the grin on your face with that shiny gold medal around your neck at Copps after the race ... Congrats, Big Guy .... You smokin' and rockin' .. and continue to amaze me with all your achievements over the past couple of years ... :clap::clap::clap:
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Postby Doonst » Sun Mar 29, 2009 10:07 pm

What can you say? Outstanding, you're a class act, the real deal, the hardest working man in show business. Still I wouldn't have bet money on this. How are you gonna top that? Now wipe that grin off your face and clean up those diapers, more on the way!
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Postby Nicholas » Sun Mar 29, 2009 10:10 pm

Great run, Rob!! You have come a long way in a short time and it just keeps getting better. A gold at ATB is no mean feat and one to be honoured and cherished.

That was Liz McGuire you passed in the home stretch. She's been training with Frank (tallrunner) here in Ottawa. No mean runner in her own right....

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Postby Dr. S » Sun Mar 29, 2009 10:13 pm

Rob! You'Re awesome!! Good job today!! :D

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Postby West Grey Runner » Sun Mar 29, 2009 10:53 pm

Your splits rock ….. the consistency given the changes in elevation and the wind are amazing. I couldn’t get results like that on a treadmill!

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Postby runningman » Sun Mar 29, 2009 10:57 pm

Nice work, once again. I like the idea of having only one goal.
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Postby shaggytour2005 » Sun Mar 29, 2009 11:28 pm

Simply amazing! I tried to keep up but it wasn't to be. Back to the track for more training. I was very happy to see the gold around your neck as the other gentleman that ran with you until around 17k told me he was in for silver and you both looked so strong as I faded. That is one tough run so to hit the goal without much of a cushion heading into the hills just shows your awesome conditioning.

Great run Robbie-T!!!

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Postby Darth Tater » Sun Mar 29, 2009 11:29 pm

Wow man! Awesome achievement! Way to go!
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Postby Jwolf » Mon Mar 30, 2009 1:15 am

Awesome job, Rob.

I am simply in awe at your improvement curve-- when will it stop?

I did look at the kilometre splits on itsmyrun-- what a metronomic pace... are you sure you didn't doctor those splits? ;)

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Postby Strider » Mon Mar 30, 2009 5:04 am

Nice, can't wait to see the pictures. I'll tell Liz it was you who smoked her at 29k. Marathon? I thought his was a year of short races ;)
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Postby richie-rich » Mon Mar 30, 2009 5:49 am

you are a machine. super run on a tough day. as long as you didn't get any pop on your gold medal it's all good 8)

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Postby ROW » Mon Mar 30, 2009 6:47 am

Great job! I saw you to but didn't get a chance to talk to you. I hope to read about that 2:52 marathon sometime. :wink:

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Postby trixiee » Mon Mar 30, 2009 7:03 am

I never waiver in my faith in you as to what you can accomplish! You are a machine! You set a goal, and you go out and do the work that needs to be done to giter 'er done! (In machine-like fashion!)

Congratulations on the gold!

I wish I could have seen the medal post-race, as seeing it around your neck is the closest I will ever come to one!

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Postby purdy65 » Mon Mar 30, 2009 7:31 am



I know there was a whole lot of maniacs watching out for you!

I saw you in section 122, but I never got a chance to introduce myself.

Enjoy that GOLD medal! (as she sheepishly looks at her bronze :))

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Postby ian » Mon Mar 30, 2009 7:46 am

Wow. At the start of the race, hearing about the weather, I figured that this was going to be the sort of day where aggressive goals stay out of reach. Wrong. MacMillan is right -- you definitely have a 2:52 marathon in you, but unless you're really wanting a NYQ right away, it can wait.

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Re: Robbie-T @ ATB 09

Postby Jo-Jo » Mon Mar 30, 2009 8:04 am

Robbie-T wrote: I did get chicked but she was from Kenya, does that still count?


However it doesn't matter how fast I run, I still come home and need to clean up poop. 8)

Getting "chicked" keeps you humble
Cleaning up poop keeps you even more humble :wink:

Well done Robbie-T... :D
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Postby JSmitty » Mon Mar 30, 2009 8:05 am

The very first thing I asked DH was how you did....he was in more awe, moreso after I mentioned your incredible journey.
Congrats Robbie, you are an inspiration to many people. Your dedication to training your abilities further and knowing how far to push yourself is the sign of someone knowing his body and sport.
I know that even faster times will be in your future.

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Postby a-slow-5 » Mon Mar 30, 2009 8:28 am

Wow! I had no idea what your time goal was (gold) but would have believed it possible no matter what, 'cause if Robbie-T says he can, HE CAN! Very impressive Rob!

Huge congratulations on Gold!
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Postby babysteps » Mon Mar 30, 2009 8:36 am

Well this just proves that you are, in fact, a machine.

Seriously! Congratulations!!

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Postby MrsStrider » Mon Mar 30, 2009 8:40 am

Holy carp Robbie! WOW! Way to go. Ummm.... I don't think the insanity will ever stop with you Maniac. I think you should change your middle name to insanity. Smokin' fast man.

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