I survived Rattlesnake Point 12.7

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I survived Rattlesnake Point 12.7

Postby Doonst » Sat Jul 14, 2007 7:53 pm

5 Peaks Rattlesnake Point trail race, 12.7 K. This is essentially a race on the Bruce Trail, and I like the Bruce Trail. Its not the toughest, or the easiest section, but is definitely "interesting" terrain. We start up on the Milton outlier, run down into Nassagaweya Canyon, along the canyon floor, a rock scramble up the main escarpment, do a loop up there, come back down, and back up a killer climb. Then the fun begins; they route you onto a side trail, very technical, nearer the cliff edge. The last 2 Ks have a warning sign about the difficult terrain.
I met up with Tony, Tracy and Sherry before the race. It was a nice day for a race, medium cool and overcast. A bit humid though. They do a wave start this year, for better or worse. Less crowded heading out, I was 20 seconds faster first K split than last year. My splits ranged from 4:44 to 7:24, but that's trail races. Felt good, best I have in a trail race this year. Where's my nemesis today? :cry: Up on the escarpment, Crawford Lake side, we saw 4 people heading back towards us. I mentioned that they were going the wrong way, they assured me that there was a turnaround. There's not. Later in that loop, there were 20 people (including an unnamed Maniac) doing the loop backwards. At least they knew by then that they were going the wrong way. They could have used a few more course marshals I think.
After big climb, on to the last third. I had some legs left, and I love that technical stuff. I passed several people along here, and was happy. One guy took forever to catch, then he pulled away again on a big hill. Finally caught him on the last grassy home stretch, but he surged last 5 feet and I don't know who crossed first. Of course we could have started 2 minutes apart.
Hung out and watched the maniac ladies come in, then we stuck around for the draw prizes. I got a Salomon hat.
My time was 1:10:57.7, 5:35 pace, over a minute faster than last year. They changed the course a bit, I measured .2 K farther this year, but the downhill bypass was faster going if farther in distance; and the wave start helped.
Here's some pictures of the trail that I took last week, try running flat out on that:

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Postby Robbie-T » Sat Jul 14, 2007 8:16 pm

Thanks for the report Doonst, looks like a fun race.
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Postby scrumhalfgirl » Sat Jul 14, 2007 8:19 pm

great job - that's looks tough!
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Postby redhead » Sat Jul 14, 2007 8:20 pm

Doonst, you didn't just survive Rattlesnake, you whipped it's butt!
(Wait, do snakes have butts?) You know what I mean.
Congratulations on yet another great race.
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Postby MINITEE » Sat Jul 14, 2007 8:32 pm

OMG... I am so happy that you have pictures of that stuff...

Great job today Sheldon, as always - a pleasure to hang out pre & post race with you!

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Postby HCcD » Sat Jul 14, 2007 8:38 pm

Great stuff, Big Guy... :P
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Postby BJH » Sat Jul 14, 2007 8:52 pm

Smokin' time Doonst - way to go!
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Postby AlfiefromPickering » Sat Jul 14, 2007 9:14 pm

There you go again Sheldon......always breaking your previous records. Nice pics......bring your camera tomorrow to the Nissan Toronto Ten-Miler in downtown Toronto.
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Postby ultraslacker » Sat Jul 14, 2007 10:58 pm

hey those rocks and roots look familiar! ;)

good job on your race... it was a little short though, no? (jk)
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Postby getfit » Sun Jul 15, 2007 7:40 am

I'm very familiar with Rattlesnake, I hike there all the time. I just can't imagine running it without twisting an ankle :shock: Way to go Doonst, another one in the books !!
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Postby Nicholas » Sun Jul 15, 2007 7:42 am

Way to go, Sheldon!!! Neither sleet nor snow, nor roots nor rocks....you get the idea.

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Postby bicycle.boy » Sun Jul 15, 2007 7:50 am

Mmm, trail running. I've done a little of that, usually carrying a busted bike. :-D

Nice pace on that trail, sounds like fun! Congrats!!!
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Postby gwnorth » Sun Jul 15, 2007 9:26 am

Congrats on a great race. I love the pictures. Maybe I'll have to give trail racing a try because that's my ideal running conditions (just forget having to climb boulders).

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Postby Doonst » Sun Jul 15, 2007 9:43 am

Here's the rock scramble climb, taken earlier this spring. The moss has all dried up, but the race does go up the escarpment on this hill. At least this year there weren't fast runners coming downhill towards the slower runners.
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Postby eme » Sun Jul 15, 2007 12:22 pm

I can't imagine racing over some of that stuff!

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Postby Lightning » Sun Jul 15, 2007 2:33 pm

Congrats on being faster than last year and on the free hat. Free stuff rules. Sounds like this race was right up your alley! Way to go.
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Postby run4cardio » Sun Jul 15, 2007 2:56 pm

Sheldon, it was great seeing you again on a day when you did so well. Congratulations.


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Postby QuickChick » Sun Jul 15, 2007 2:59 pm

Looks like a beautiful area Sheldon! It certainly sounds like an... interesting race. Good for you for not hurting your ankle- didn't you say everyone you know who's done this race hurts themself?
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Postby trixiee » Mon Jul 16, 2007 8:00 am

YIKES!! Glad you survived that! :)

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Postby TheBman » Mon Jul 16, 2007 8:38 am

ah, never one to take the easy way eh Doonst!!


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Postby Irongirl » Mon Jul 16, 2007 8:44 am

you must be a maniac.


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Postby pts » Mon Jul 16, 2007 9:35 am

Great work Sheldon, sounds like fun times!
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Postby Ed Fizz » Mon Jul 16, 2007 1:49 pm

Looks like a tough course that's for sure!!! Atta boy S.!!!

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