Robbie-T - 'Round the Bay

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Postby Robbie-T » Sun Mar 30, 2008 8:59 pm

With a wonky achilles, I thought for about 10 seconds about not doing this race before Boston in 3 weeks. I wanted to do it to practice my race preparation and test the wonky achilles out to see if I should still go for my goal of sub 3:00 in Boston. I'll let you guys tell me if my goal is still a realistic goal.

Up at 6am, ate, kissed luvmybabies and out the door by 6:30. Stop for coffee and get to Hamilton before 8:00, nice and early. Head into Copps to hangup with the RM crowd and get the rest of me ready to go. Rehearse the race plan a few times, start 4:30 pace, move up to Marathon race pace 4:16 cruise that until 20k then either stay there or drop the hammer through the hills. My goal was 2:05-2:10, I'd be fine with anything in that range, I thought closer to 2:10 was realistic.

20 minutes to race time, head out do ~2k warm up and make my way to the start, got in about 10 back.

Starting Zone
The gun goes off I get through the start and a guy beside me slams to the ground, Ouchie!! I take the start easy, and hit Marathon race pace without my effort.

The EdFizz Zone
Started getting bored around 5k and EdFizz pulls up beside me, cool, we chat and stay at that pace, all of a sudden we are at 15k. Time flew by that was fun, he kept me at a comfy pace and I helped him bank a bunch of time so he decided to take it easy before the hills start. I pull away at the same pace.

The $10 Zone
18k the hills start, I stay on pace, I felt fine, achilles has been there, I can feel it a bit tight but not sore. ~19k saw purple piece of paper on the ground, "hey that was a 10 dollar bill", of course I stopped backed up and snatched it up. I'm sure that was planted by the race director. OK back on track.

Hammer Zone
20k I feel a burst going down hill, and I stay with it and that is when the hammer fell. I started passing people through the hills, ups and downs, I was feeling very strong at this point. Long down hill before the Big hill, saw MiniT and IronGirl, yelled at them, hopefully I didn't scare them. Passed about 5 people going up the Big hill, that hill is getting smaller after charging up the Grange Hill so many times.

The Final Kick Zone
3k to go, man the wind is in my face again, you would think for a round course the wind would be at our back at some time, but I don't remember if it was. Anyway lets finish strong, you can see Copps from a long way off, it seems to move away from you as you get closer. At last I was outside sprint by a couple more and finished. I enjoyed that training race, it seems to like me too.

2:06:18 Chip Time (4:13 pace)
121 Overall
29/368 M35-39
113/2394 Men

5k spilts
5) 21:14
10) 21:10
15) 20:57
20) 20:55
25) 20:53
30) 20:35
Mississauga Marathon - 2:52
Around the Bay - 1:58
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Postby AlfiefromPickering » Sun Mar 30, 2008 9:04 pm

You'll do a sub 3 hours marathon at Boston for sure!
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Postby Jwolf » Sun Mar 30, 2008 9:05 pm

Rob, that's an awesometastic time. You've been faking the injury, I think. You better not be beating adeel in boston! (sorry, i'm biased. you're going to have a great race, i know. ;) )
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Postby UltraQueenga » Sun Mar 30, 2008 9:06 pm

Fast as always, Robbie-T! Geez, race directors will try anything to slow down Robbie-T. :lol:
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Postby mayhem » Sun Mar 30, 2008 9:07 pm

Very well done Robbie-T!
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Postby Dr. S » Sun Mar 30, 2008 9:08 pm

I'm super happy that you did so well!! It was great to see you again. You're a real inspiration to me, congrats! :D

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Postby a_beacher » Sun Mar 30, 2008 9:08 pm

I found a Twonie today! Cha Ching! LOL

Great race and good luck in Boston!

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Postby Doonst » Sun Mar 30, 2008 9:13 pm

Just awesome Robbie, as always. Faster on the tough half. What can't you do, you make it sound easy. Anyways here we go, almost road trip time!
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Postby Nicholas » Sun Mar 30, 2008 9:44 pm

Nice race, Rob. Negative splits on a course that gets tougher as you go...that's the way to race!!! Looking good for Beantown. Now take care of that AT of yours.....

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Postby waynerdog » Sun Mar 30, 2008 9:59 pm

Holy smokes, dude, that is one fast time! Well done!

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Postby GK » Sun Mar 30, 2008 10:18 pm

way to go rob, that is some great pacing! Good luck in Boston, I think a sub 3:00 is definitely a strong possibility!

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Postby HCcD » Sun Mar 30, 2008 10:59 pm

Holy Cr@p, dude ... What a smokin' time .... You must be really stoked with such a great confidence boost in today's race ... Boston Beware !!!! :wink:
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Postby shaggytour2005 » Sun Mar 30, 2008 11:04 pm

Great race Rob specially as it is so windy out. I agree, down by the lake area it never seems to be at your back. What a tease! Keep up the great times and you will beat Boston and the magic 3 hour mark.

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Postby BaldGuy » Sun Mar 30, 2008 11:09 pm

Rob, you are one amazing dude. Congratulations on a great run, and smoke that course in Boston!

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Postby kpoire » Mon Mar 31, 2008 5:03 am

Smokin' Rob. Great job. Congrats! Good luck in Boston.

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Postby Dani » Mon Mar 31, 2008 5:23 am


Awesome time AND $10. Nice!
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Postby garth » Mon Mar 31, 2008 5:23 am

Great run and an extra $10 to boot. Now that is a good race!!
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Postby Jo-Jo » Mon Mar 31, 2008 6:13 am

Fantastic Robbie...I'm very happy for you. You are set to go for Boston :D
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Postby Strider » Mon Mar 31, 2008 6:17 am

Nice performance. As I said, I know you held back, and I also know you are going to shoot for sub-3:00 in Boston. Let's just hope for a good day. Congrats.
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Postby mcshame » Mon Mar 31, 2008 6:17 am

I can't believe you stop for the $10! lol

Way to go Robbie!

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Postby hmacdonald » Mon Mar 31, 2008 6:18 am

Amazing!! Sounds like you are ready for Boston. Your dedication and hard work have really paid off in spades!

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Postby mlazenby » Mon Mar 31, 2008 6:20 am

Very cool report. Thanks. 8)

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Postby trixiee » Mon Mar 31, 2008 6:22 am

You are totally awe inspiring! I cannot wait to read that sub- 3 Boston report! :D

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Postby QuickChick » Mon Mar 31, 2008 6:25 am

Um, yeah, I think sub 3 is realistic! Holy crap! Congratulations- last year's time was super fast, and this is a huge improvement over that. WOW.
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Postby Hermes » Mon Mar 31, 2008 6:41 am

You've got a keen eye! Congrats on the pocket money, and on a fabulous race-run! Take care of that Achilles.

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