Doonst Does Durham... 5 Peaks 12.1 K trail race

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Doonst Does Durham... 5 Peaks 12.1 K trail race

Postby Doonst » Sat Jun 09, 2007 7:28 pm

It was a funny week leading up to this race. Sunday was a 2 hour bike ride, Monday 18 holes golf, Thursday I subbed in for my old baseball team for the first time this year. Tuesday I had a great run, (fastest pace training run ever I believe). Wednesday night I was exhausted, but I ran anyway, crappy run. Almost but not quite back up to speed today.

It was a beautiful day for a race, cool in the shade but quite warm in the sun.
I probably wouldn't have bothered doing this race if I wasn't in for the whole series. It was 2 weeks after my first marathon, and its the farthest 5 Peaks race from my house, 1 hour 25 minutes. Ran into AlfieFromPickering, then the group of dgrant, Mikkel, and Run4Cardio. Dave seemed pleased to hear that I wasn't at 100%. Must still be smarting from the spanking I gave him at NCM. :twisted: Pretty hard to use the "tired" card to a guy on his 5th race in 5 weeks though.

We started out in the 6th wave, they seemed smaller and closer together this time. I stayed behind Dave and Mikkel for most of the first K, which passed for us in 4:40. :shock: I was planning to go out easier this race, oh well. Then it got narrower and hillier, just sand hills with mild roots, nothing technical. First third went okay and then the sport distance peeled off just after 4 K. One more easier split, then we hit the wall. The trails here are named, probably because there primarily mountain bike trails. Here we went from "tight and twisty" to "long climb". Almost immediately, back down twisty singletrack for about a kilometre. The 8th K was called the"Wall of Pain", it took me 6:56. :evil: The only hill I've done that came to mind is the infamous "Gulch" in Sulphur Springs. Then straight into "Wild Ride", and more snakey downhills. At one point I saw two women walking down a hill. I was walking briskly up the steeper hills, most who passed me were caught at the top. Some got by me for good, but they got by everybody. I felt like I was running a bit off of my full tilt pace, still I passed 2 for every 1 that got by me. Often, in the singletrack,(60% of the course) there was a line of people and you had to really want to if you were going to pass. Finally, the last K was on a flat park gravel road. I didn't feel like I had much left but I passed the two women who I had been leapfrogging with all race, and another guy. It felt good to finish.

My time was 1:05:57, which put me 124/306 overall, 23/54 age group (40-49) and 101/194 gender. I didn't even break into the top half of men! That's a tough crowd. Dave and Mikkel beat me by 5 minutes, that's an amazing time on those hills. My pace was 5:25.

It was a fun day at the races, we swapped a few lies etc. after the race, saw our times posted, then hit the road. It wasn't an "A" race for me for sure, but it didn't hurt for long. The race was well organized, no complaints for once. Swag was Wrightsocks.
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Postby Run26.2 » Sat Jun 09, 2007 7:29 pm

Well done! 8)
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Postby HCcD » Sat Jun 09, 2007 7:40 pm

Nice runnin', Sheldon ... :P
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Postby redhead » Sat Jun 09, 2007 7:41 pm

Yay Doonst! Really nice job on a tough course. Never met a man yet that didn't enjoy swapping lies with other guys. (I'm sure Dave was VERY pleased you weren't at 100%, LOL!)

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Postby seuss » Sat Jun 09, 2007 7:41 pm

great job Sheldon - sounds challenging!
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Postby AlfiefromPickering » Sat Jun 09, 2007 8:42 pm

It was nice seeing you and the other maniacs as well. You did great under your circumstances. At least you beat me!!
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Postby Robbie-T » Sat Jun 09, 2007 9:34 pm

Nice report Doonst, any day running is good.
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Postby turd ferguson » Sat Jun 09, 2007 9:52 pm

Good job Sheldon!
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Postby getfit » Sat Jun 09, 2007 10:04 pm

You know it's a tough course when just reading about it makes you feel tired. Way to go Doonst !!!
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Postby dgrant » Sat Jun 09, 2007 10:47 pm

Right on doonst. That's a strong time on that course with the week you've had. And, anyway, you have bigger fish to fry with the NYCQ attempt in two weeks.

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Postby braveheart » Sat Jun 09, 2007 11:17 pm

Sounds like a nice run on a nice day - good job
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Postby BJH » Sun Jun 10, 2007 7:28 am

Good job Doonst! Great day for a trail run. 8)
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Postby Jo-Jo » Sun Jun 10, 2007 11:02 am

dgrant wrote:Right on doonst. That's a strong time on that course with the week you've had. And, anyway, you have bigger fish to fry with the NYCQ attempt in two weeks.

Rest up!

Yep...what Dave said...your NYC qualifier is around the corner.

Glad to hear you sounding so upbeat :D
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Postby Nicholas » Sun Jun 10, 2007 12:07 pm

You're running well, Sheldon. Nice race in the park after a long week. Your A races this year will be A for Awesome.

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Postby QuickChick » Sun Jun 10, 2007 5:39 pm

I think you did great, Sheldon- you are coming back really quickly after NCM. Awesome job!
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Postby Ken B » Sun Jun 10, 2007 7:27 pm

Great report and run Sheldon. I continue to be impressed with your results on difficult courses with little down time! :lol:

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Postby ChrisL » Sun Jun 10, 2007 8:25 pm

Good job Sheldon!
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Postby scrumhalfgirl » Sun Jun 10, 2007 9:26 pm

sounds like a great run, especially so soon after NCM - congrats!
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Postby eme » Sun Jun 10, 2007 9:32 pm

Great run!

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Postby drghfx » Mon Jun 11, 2007 9:04 am

Great job Sheldon!
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Postby MINITEE » Mon Jun 11, 2007 10:29 am

Sheldon, once again - you're on track for another great season by the looks of things....


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Postby Marg » Mon Jun 11, 2007 10:32 am

Wow, well done man!
No doubt you won't let that upstart Dave beat you next time... :wink: :lol:

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Postby Strider » Tue Jun 12, 2007 7:36 am

Nice job - You sound like you are getting your trail legs nicely. Keep this up and ITT will be a "walk in the park"
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Postby mcshame » Tue Jun 12, 2007 8:18 am

Sound like a really fun run. So you lost to Dave, oh well.... in the end, it comes down to to the simple answer to the question:

Who's gonna BQ? :wink:

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Postby Irongirl » Tue Jun 12, 2007 8:28 am

mcshame wrote:Sound like a really fun run. So you lost to Dave, oh well.... in the end, it comes down to to the simple answer to the question:

Who's gonna BQ? :wink:


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