Fall Tour starts in Paradise

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Fall Tour starts in Paradise

Postby Doonst » Sat Sep 02, 2006 9:08 pm

After months of talking, we finally got down to the running! Lots of maniacs showed up at Paradise Lake, some new faces and some more familiar, for Ultrarune's annual trail race. The people were the best part of this event, from volunteers like Tortoise to out hosts Erin and Doug for the meet and greet. Well maybe the dogs were the best part, that Hudson sure is a charmer!
The rain held off, so the course was pretty fast. Dave and I went out together, keeping up a pretty good pace for the first lap. No competion going on here, right? But still, our first 5 K split was 21:36? Not this guy, I guessed it was about 4.5 K. Ryne said after that it was only 80 M short of 5 K , but... I wish I was that fast, there are a couple tricky sections. After 2 laps, 44 minutes, so about a 22:30 lap. Third lap felt like we slowed down, but the times held up. Dave went ahead a bit during this section, but never by much. I thinhk that if he had pushed it here, I might have folded because I was dragging. It was neat seeing the others out on the course, which often doubled back on itself.
The fourth lap of course we picked it up again, at least by perceived effort. Still, with about 5 minutes to go, Dave pulled ahead again. Once again I thought it was over for me, but I managed to stick with him. I mentioned to Dave that we must be in the last K. Eventually, I could hear the finish line, and was anticipating the last path. Dave went wide! I cut to the inside and just gave'r. People say that Dave looked surprised when I got maybe 20 feet ahead , and he was closing fast; he even passed me on the second mat. But the first mat said I got him by 1 second. What a hoot!
I couldn't have written an ending like that to the first of our ten races.
At the awards ceremony, both Kristi and I won door prizes of a coupon for a pair of Montrail trail running shoes ! Kinda my day, what? Still, the best part was the people, sitting around after at Erin and Doug's house talking. Maybe recruited a few new maniacs, too. Special thanks to Ryne and Jenn for putting on a fun event, whatever the distance.
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Postby Dani » Sat Sep 02, 2006 9:09 pm

Fantastic report! Sounds like a great time! Maybe next year for me...
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Postby Sir Crashalot » Sat Sep 02, 2006 9:17 pm

Great racing & comeraderie!
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Postby seuss » Sat Sep 02, 2006 9:19 pm

Nice finish. But you better watch your back in the next race. :wink:

Good to see that the Fall Tour is finally underway after all this trash talking. Looking forward to seeing how it plays out.
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Postby Nicholas » Sat Sep 02, 2006 9:20 pm

Great race, Sheldon. Wow, a free pair of tral shoes...just what you need for the fall tour!!! Who is this guy Dave? :D
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Postby braveheart » Sat Sep 02, 2006 9:20 pm

great race - I love the new avatar
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Postby Agent Provocateur » Sat Sep 02, 2006 9:22 pm

Great job Sheldon, and I agree - the new avatar is great! Nothing like rubbing it in, right? :wink:
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Postby MINITEE » Sat Sep 02, 2006 9:23 pm

Sheldon... you (and Dave) both looked so strong at the finish... I wish I had my camera to capture the show down at the finish line... :shock: :shock:

Glad to finally meet Heather, and Bud as well... Hope the poor pup isn't too tired from keeping Hudson in check!
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Postby runjanerun » Sat Sep 02, 2006 9:45 pm

Great Race! What's the next one that you and Dave will be going head to head at??
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Postby Doonst » Sat Sep 02, 2006 10:13 pm

runjanerun wrote:Great Race! What's the next one that you and Dave will be going head to head at??


I'm hoping next Sunday, at the London Springbank Half, if he shows. :pray:
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Postby braveheart » Sat Sep 02, 2006 10:19 pm

Doonst wrote:
runjanerun wrote:Great Race! What's the next one that you and Dave will be going head to head at??


I'm hoping next Sunday, at the London Springbank Half, if he shows. :pray:



hmmmmm a cheering section going - i might be up for it - I can do my LSD on friday and then come
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Postby lisaannr » Sat Sep 02, 2006 11:49 pm

Congratulations! Sounds like fun!! Looking forward to next week's race report.. ;)

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Postby Kristi » Sun Sep 03, 2006 12:00 am

If you guys race all the races like you did today, you might be in trouble!!

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Postby Jwolf » Sun Sep 03, 2006 1:17 am

Nice race, Sheldon. But what's with the blurry avatar? Were you guys going THAT fast? :P
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Postby BJH » Sun Sep 03, 2006 2:20 am

Great race Sheldon!

Jwolf wrote:Nice race, Sheldon. But what's with the blurry avatar? Were you guys going THAT fast? :P

Of course they were. :P
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Postby kpoire » Sun Sep 03, 2006 5:35 am

Smokin'. Great job and way to snag a nice prize.

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Postby lovethehills » Sun Sep 03, 2006 7:22 am

Great race! And some cool running shoes to boot!
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Postby trixiee » Sun Sep 03, 2006 7:30 am

Great Race! Great reporting! Good job on the prizes!
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Postby Ed Fizz » Sun Sep 03, 2006 7:49 am

Great race Sheldon. And like you said after the race, had it rained, it would have been a totally different race! Best of luck with the rest of your tour. :D

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Postby Irongirl » Sun Sep 03, 2006 7:52 am

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Postby drghfx » Sun Sep 03, 2006 8:25 am

Great job Sheldon!
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Postby caro » Sun Sep 03, 2006 8:29 am

Awesome start to the fall challenge! Enjoy the rest of the races.

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Postby Marg » Sun Sep 03, 2006 9:04 am

Great job SHeldon, congrats!

Wow, nice door prize too!! 8)
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Postby Doonst » Sun Sep 03, 2006 9:41 am

Here is a picture of my splits and map from my Garmin 205. It says we ran 16.7 K, for what its worth. The results page says Dave and I ran a 4:27/K pace, Garmin says 5:18.

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Postby dgrant » Sun Sep 03, 2006 9:54 am

Based on perceived exertion, that felt like about 5:00/km. I'd agree with the 18K guesstimate.

I don't think it was the tree cover that caused the Garmin discrepancy... there were just so many tight switchback where in 10 seconds we might have covered 25 or 30m, but as the crow flies we went 4 feet...


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