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Postby Robbie-T » Mon Mar 26, 2007 11:58 am

I set my goal for this race in November last year, I wanted a Silver medal, sub 2:15 gun time. It would be my Spring 'A' race.

I planned to be pretty much right on pace from the start (4:30/k), then hammer it in for the last 10k. Things in the first 10k didn't go as planned, I started out too slow for an aggressive goal and had to start my race against the clock around 10k instead of 20k.

Start - seeded back too far, lost time crossing the line and couldn't get up to the speed I wanted that deep in the pack
5k - there's HCiD, say "Hi" and continue on my way
8k - there's Nick, say "Hi" and he lets me know I pretty far behind my goal at this point.
10k - 46:27 - 4:39 pace - Not good I'm 1:27 behind, I need to start racing now and pick up the lost time, an additional 10 seconds under my goal pace for the next 10k to catch up. :evil: I'm not going to make this easy on myself
15k - 1:08:22 - 4:23 pace for last 5k (0:52 behind goal) BJH informs me the little blue guy (Fizz) is just ahead of me
20k - 1:30:22 - 4:24 pace for last 5k (0:22 behind goal) I've been streaming by runners since the start, the hills have started, now I need to lay it all out, there are No Limits today, I will make my goal.
25k - heading downhill picking up speed and momentum for the big hill, pass the Tiger and burn up the hill, I can see Fizz ahead of me now.
27k - the hills are over, I'm starting my push to the finish, I catch Fizz and tell him to draft off me, I didn't look back after that. My hands are completely numb, I need two hands to squeeze my water bottle to drink out of it
29k - one more K to go, NO Limits, leave it out there!! I'm checking my pace and time pretty often now. I see LoveTheHills cheering outside Copps. I'm going to do it!!
30k - the finish 2:13:58 gun, 2:13:15 chip - 4:17 pace for final 10k (1:02 ahead of goal) :)

I could barely accept my medal I had to get the lady to hang it over my arm, I couldn't feel my hands, and I had gloves on. So cold that they were painful, but eventually that went away. Saw my happy family at the top of the escalator, that was the real finish line for me, Kylar took his medal, I changed their diapers and life was back to normal again.

Nice to see a lot of Maniacs have great runs as well today.

That was probably the best race I've run, 3:29 negative split. I haven't even downloaded my Garmin yet, I've been peeing silver since Sunday!

I got my Silver.
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Postby BaldGuy » Mon Mar 26, 2007 12:03 pm

Tremendous achievement, Rob. Well-freakin-done. Congrats on that silver medal, you earned it. Did the boys appreciate your frozen-handed diaper change? ;-)
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Postby Jo-Jo » Mon Mar 26, 2007 12:04 pm

Fantastic Report....for an amazing race...having followed your race career for a while it was so neat meeting you. Your kiddies are awesome...just wish I had some time to chat with luvmybabies.

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Postby La » Mon Mar 26, 2007 12:06 pm

Robbie-T wrote:Saw my happy family at the top of the escalator, that was the real finish line for me, Kylar took his medal, I changed their diapers and life was back to normal again.

That's what it's all about, eh? Congrats!

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Postby trixiee » Mon Mar 26, 2007 12:09 pm

I changed their diapers and life was back to normal again.


*need to warn us about that kind of remark in advance*

I am so glad you got your silver! I hardly recognized you, as you have gooten so thin! I'll have to ask Dgrant what the expression was that he used to describe your diet regimen...

SILVER, BABY! No one can take that accomplishment away from you!

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Postby HCcD » Mon Mar 26, 2007 12:12 pm

So, that was you who swooshed by me and left me in your dust ..... :shock: :lol: :wink:

Congratulations and totally awesome race and report, robbie-T .... :P
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Postby a_beacher » Mon Mar 26, 2007 12:14 pm

Kylar has a good taste in medals!! :wink:

Congratulations on a great run!!

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Postby BJH » Mon Mar 26, 2007 12:15 pm

Congrats Robbie-T!!!

That silver is well earned. :clap: :dance:
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Postby lovethehills » Mon Mar 26, 2007 12:28 pm

My heart was in my throat reading your race report...and I knew you met your time! Whew, that was intense. Awesome race Rob! It was so exciting to see you jet by me just outside of Copps.

Way to leave all out there and go after your goal.

You are such an inspriation!
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Postby Doonst » Mon Mar 26, 2007 12:32 pm

Wow Robbie wow. You continue to amaze. Your progress is remarkable. What a course to have to run negative splits on. To be racer guy and daddy guy, that's just makes it twice as amazing.
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Postby scrumhalfgirl » Mon Mar 26, 2007 12:37 pm

What an amazing race, and report - you had me on the edge of my seat, and I knew the ending! Congratulations for meeting - and beating- your goal. Truely inspiring.
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Postby run4cardio » Mon Mar 26, 2007 12:37 pm

WOW - what a run! Congratulations.

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Postby luvmybabies » Mon Mar 26, 2007 12:45 pm

Well Rob, we had a slightly challenging start to the day, our Tolman gang still made it through yet another race. Any stresses/challenges completely vanished when the boys and I saw your determined face on the big screen in Copps and then your entrance into the stadium. I immediately broke into tears when you raised your arms in the air to cross the finish line. I was so proud and yelling like a "maniac" to the boys, "there's your daddy!! He beat his goal!!!" Both Kylar and Kaedon were clapping too. Now, watch out London, watch out Boston!!!!!!

It was a pleasure to finally meet so many maniacs, sorry K & K were not really in a visiting mood by the end of the day so we couldn't chat much. You all did a really great job!
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Postby Sandra » Mon Mar 26, 2007 1:02 pm

luvmybabies wrote:Well Rob, we had a slightly challenging start to the day, our Tolman gang still made it through yet another race. Any stresses/challenges completely vanished when the boys and I saw your determined face on the big screen in Copps and then your entrance into the stadium. I immediately broke into tears when you raised your arms in the air to cross the finish line. I was so proud and yelling like a "maniac" to the boys, "there's your daddy!! He beat his goal!!!" Both Kylar and Kaedon were clapping too. Now, watch out London, watch out Boston!!!!!!

It was a pleasure to finally meet so many maniacs, sorry K & K were not really in a visiting mood by the end of the day so we couldn't chat much. You all did a really great job!


Wow, I would love a fraction of this kind support from my hubby!
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Postby seuss » Mon Mar 26, 2007 1:34 pm

wow! great race Robbie. congratulations -quite an achievement.

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Postby Nicholas » Mon Mar 26, 2007 1:47 pm

Great effort, Rob. It was nice to meet a new maniac at 8K into a race. What I will remember the most is that I was in front of you for 8K!!! And then, there he was.... gone. I was just trying to help you estimate your effort since the 2.20 bunny had already waltzed past me.

That was a great race to be able to chase down a silver medal (which is based purely on gun time) from that far back. You certainly earned it in spades.
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Postby The Joggler » Mon Mar 26, 2007 2:03 pm

Rob, it's amazing that you pulled off that kind of negative split on the Bay course. It's shows that you have the patience and toughness to run a good Boston.

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Postby Dr. S » Mon Mar 26, 2007 2:36 pm

Congrats on getting the silver!!! What a great finish, you nailed it!! =)
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Postby redhead » Mon Mar 26, 2007 2:41 pm

Woo-hoo! Congratulations Robbie-T. What an exciting race to read about. You have a photographic memory to go along with your great speed and determination. Wonderful race report and an awesome feat!
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Postby q » Mon Mar 26, 2007 3:12 pm

A truely great performance Rocket - T.

And an inspiring report.

Well done :clap:
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Postby ChrisL » Mon Mar 26, 2007 3:17 pm

Great race Rob!

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Postby rundmc » Mon Mar 26, 2007 3:19 pm

Congratulations Rob, that's a great race. You're in great shape right now and you'll likely qualify for Boston at London. I don't think it's too bad to be about a minute behind your goal pace at the halfway mark. It's pretty rare to hear about someone who blew a race because they started too slowly. As a result, you paced very well, at least in my opinion. Making up a minute over 15-20 km is not that hard, it's a long way to go. At any rate, most of the time you lost was in starting too far back, which makes your pacing even better. All the best at London.
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Postby JSmitty » Mon Mar 26, 2007 3:55 pm

Wow, what a day for you and your family.
You are truly an amazing athelete and (from what I had read), continue to get better and better.
Nice to meet you and all the best to your family.
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Postby Amber-Leigh » Mon Mar 26, 2007 3:58 pm

Great report, well done! Your little guys are so cute.
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Postby Sir Crashalot » Mon Mar 26, 2007 4:40 pm

Good stuff! Congrats on the hardware!
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