Porta-potty twist in Mississauga

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Porta-potty twist in Mississauga

Postby casual-runner » Sun May 10, 2009 12:58 pm

I had my dream goal for this race, but with my recent training negatively affected by my extra long hours at work, I didn't have high expectations.

I was about to enter porta-potty when the race gun sounded. I waited a moment, left all my pre-race excitement in that toilet and headed to the start line. I was surprised that there was a huge number of people still walking towards the start line.

running (in orange at the top) towards the start line:

Normally I would run the first km at pace much better than my planned race pace regardless of the distance, but this time I run my first two km at 4:48 and 4:52 (effect of huge crowd and porta-potty), far off my planned race pace of 4:43. I was able to run closer to my planed pace for the rest of the race, reaching 3:31 and 3:34 on downhill splits, with exception of 5:04 uphill on 11th km.

In my last 4.2 km, with some help from the tailwind, I was able to accelerate to PB of 1:39:50 ( 5 seconds PB !)

My pace (1 km splits, time and distance by my own gps):

I thought in the past that I don't need a long taper, but this results suggests that my relatively low millage in the month leading to the race and very easy tapering week rewarded me with very nice result. I will not take it to seriously although because downhill course, tailwind for most of the race and beautiful weather were very important factors today.

I met multiple maniacs after the race, most with improved PBs, and witnessed BQ finish by Lightening . Overall great racing day in Mississauga :)
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Postby Tori » Sun May 10, 2009 1:03 pm

Congrats!!! :D

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Postby Mouse » Sun May 10, 2009 1:03 pm

Great job... Congrats on the PB. Sometime the slower start gets the big reward, it did for you today. Woo Hoo. Loved your report , goodluck on your next event.
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Postby redhead » Sun May 10, 2009 1:24 pm

Congratulations on your PB Casual-Runner!!

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Postby trixiee » Sun May 10, 2009 1:28 pm

Yah! Way to go, Wesley! :D

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Postby scrumhalfgirl » Sun May 10, 2009 1:52 pm

congrats! glad you were able to achieve a pb, even with a less than optimal lead-up!
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Postby cgraham » Sun May 10, 2009 2:01 pm

Nice job & congrats. Maybe starting out slower is a better strategy for you?
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Postby ilee » Sun May 10, 2009 2:07 pm

Great race and it was nice meeting you.

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Postby Marg » Sun May 10, 2009 2:29 pm

Well done Wes! :)
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Postby 5km » Sun May 10, 2009 3:07 pm

Congratulations. Well done!

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Postby QuickChick » Sun May 10, 2009 3:27 pm

Great job, Wesley! I thought you looked really strong. Congratulations!!
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Postby Robbie-T » Sun May 10, 2009 3:28 pm

Good race.
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Postby Lightning » Sun May 10, 2009 3:31 pm

Congrats on your PB! Sorry I didn't get to see you.
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Postby deerdree » Sun May 10, 2009 4:00 pm

congrats on your PB, wesley! nice to see you again. :)

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Postby HCcD » Sun May 10, 2009 5:42 pm

Congrats, on your PB, dude ... :clap::clap:
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Postby BJH » Sun May 10, 2009 5:46 pm

Well done Wesley!
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Postby UltraQueenga » Sun May 10, 2009 6:21 pm

Awesome!! Congrats on the PB! Enjoy the glory!! PBs come in small increments after a certain point, but hard work and solid race planning will bring the well deserved PB!
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Postby Doonst » Sun May 10, 2009 7:13 pm

As always you did it your way! Nice results, of course I had to outdo you with a 6 second PB. The race is on at Sulphur Springs right?
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Postby JSmitty » Sun May 10, 2009 8:54 pm

Great job Wesley and nice to see you again.
BTW, running from the porta-potti is my signature race start!!

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Postby b_squared » Sun May 10, 2009 8:55 pm

Interesting race strategy and a well-run race! Congratulations!

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Postby blank » Mon May 11, 2009 6:52 am

Way to go Wes!!

Congrats on the PB!

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Postby Mid_Packer » Mon May 11, 2009 6:59 am

I recognized you from your avator,a dn you passed me at 11k mark. I called out to you but I think you had head phones. You were looking strong and smooth.

Congratulaion on your race. Maybe starting at the back and passing everyone as you go can be a good strategy..

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Postby VeloCarrie » Mon May 11, 2009 7:00 am

Congratulations on a funny start and a great race Wes! 8)
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Postby ratherBrunning » Mon May 11, 2009 7:25 pm

PB--yea, Wesley!!! :D :D :D Wishing you a strong season!! 8)

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