Doonst revists the Rattlesnake

We want to hear the good, the bad, and the ugly!
User avatar
Doonst
Abby Hoffman
Posts: 10598
Joined: Thu Aug 11, 2005 10:17 pm
Location: the corner of Sixth and Where Do I Go?
Contact:

Doonst revists the Rattlesnake

Postby Doonst » Sat Jul 12, 2008 1:40 pm

No rest for the wicked! While most people in the daily thread were sleeping in, I visited an old friend, the 5 Peaks Rattlesnake Point enduro trail race, 12.7 K. This was my third year in a a row, its a rocky hilly technical favorite. Having had some mixed results in races this year, I was really hoping for a strong race to measure up to last year's time,
Nice enough when I got up, it rained on the way to the race. Not the first time this week, humidity might be a problem, and with it slippery rocks and roots. 5 Peaks put on a good race, this year over 700 people. That's a lot for one little trail, last year they went to a wave start, roughly 100 every minute. I was in the 4th wave. The sun broke through 3 minutes before the start. :x
There's always a few who line up way in front of where they should, but it wasn't too bad. All sorted out in the first 2 K. My first split was 4:44, exactly the same as last year. Heading down a long hill into the canyon around the 3 K mark, I passed at least 10 people, feeling good. Going along the canyon floor for a couple of K, I tried to pace myself on the easy going. Going up the rock scramble to the main escarpment, I didn't gain or lose a spot. Along the cliff edge at the top, the rocks were very slippery. I had to walk sections that I know I ran last year, definitely lost some time. This course is an ankle-buster, and I did not need that. Around the Crawford Lake groomed trails I picked up a couple of spots from people starting to struggle in the humidity. Back down into Nassagaweya Canyon was a slight breather, but now is the biggest hill. 70 or 80 Metres in less than a Kilometre. First theres a section you walk, then you can run as it angles sideways, then walk again. Its all about how much you do of each, and what price you pay. Did I mention that it was humid? I did get up it faster than I did last year, but I paid a price. In last year's report I speak glowingly of how good I felt here for the last 4 k, and how many I passed. Not so much this year, I was bagged. I felt I was slogging along for a while, then I noticed that no-one had passed me, and I was slowly gaining on 2 guys in front of me. I guess it was hot and tough for everybody. I was mostly racing my last year's time though, and I did lose speed for 3 K compared to '07. I wasn't too optimistic through here but I kept on trucking. As ironboy recently said, even when I'm not feeling the love I am consistent. Last bit seemed to take forever but I picked it up just a bit. Crossed the line in 1:10:49. That is 8 seconds faster than last year. And I had such good excuses lined up too. I was very glad to see that, I mean a full minute would have been great but I knew halfway through that wasn't happening. Even moved up 2 spots from last year, in a larger crowd. 98 out of 369, 7 out of 28 in my age group. I find 5 Peaks races to be a relatively tough crowd placement wise.
After I had a massage, yum, and watched the awards, then snuck off home right at noon. Yeah, I'm up to being as fast as I was last year!
next up:


This broken wing will fly again
One fine day
This blackbird's mute gonna sing again
One fine day

So all you sinners come out
And all you drunkards crawl out
Come into the light of one fine day

User avatar
jgore
Abby Hoffman
Posts: 8437
Joined: Mon Oct 03, 2005 5:31 am

Postby jgore » Sat Jul 12, 2008 1:50 pm

Well done, Sheldon. Excellent result for someone who claims to have been "slogging".

Too warm for the lizard tights, but I trust you wore something appropriate for the "Rattlesnake".

Marg
Site Admin
Posts: 13480
Joined: Sun Aug 14, 2005 8:28 am
Location: Ottawa

Postby Marg » Sat Jul 12, 2008 2:07 pm

Well done buddy, well done!
Chilly 1/2 - March 4
Montreal 1/2 - April 29
NCM 1/2 - May 27
Manitoba 1/2 - June 17
Army 1/2 - Sept

User avatar
Nicholas
Site Admin
Posts: 14200
Joined: Tue Aug 09, 2005 9:00 am
Location: Ottawa

Postby Nicholas » Sat Jul 12, 2008 2:58 pm

Looking good, young man.....
Nicholas

Events in 2018
Walking, Yoga, Soccer scrimmages and whatever else I can do
Hip replacement on September 10....now doing a variation of the None to Run plan

User avatar
clocker
Bill Crothers
Posts: 1519
Joined: Tue Aug 09, 2005 1:18 am
Location: Downtown Senkiw
Contact:

Congratulations

Postby clocker » Sat Jul 12, 2008 3:07 pm

Well done! You paint a vivid picture of intensity. :)
Ian

Lightning
Bill Crothers
Posts: 1733
Joined: Tue Aug 08, 2006 12:42 pm

Postby Lightning » Sat Jul 12, 2008 3:51 pm

Wow! Congratulations on your improvement over last year. I could barely walk my dog around the block today...never mind race in this humidity.

Bravo, Doonst!
Lightning :)

We're going to try this new thing called jogging. Or maybe it's yogging-with a silent "j". Apparently you just run for an extended period of time. It's supposed to be wild.

-Ron Burgandy

User avatar
casual-runner
Bill Crothers
Posts: 1919
Joined: Fri Feb 02, 2007 5:47 pm
Location: Burlington, Ontario
Contact:

Postby casual-runner » Sat Jul 12, 2008 4:15 pm

Congratulations! Slow but steady improvements year after year :clap:
It was tough day for running today. I was up early also (I left home at 3:30 a.m for Gravenhurst Triathlon, biking in the rain, hail and lightening, burnt badly by the sun during the run).
Last edited by casual-runner on Sat Jul 12, 2008 6:07 pm, edited 1 time in total.
My race log: http://itsmyrun.com
My training log: http://runningahead.com


----

User avatar
horselady
Bill Crothers
Posts: 3044
Joined: Sun Mar 16, 2008 8:27 am
Location: Merrickville, Ontario

Postby horselady » Sat Jul 12, 2008 4:31 pm

Congratulations! Quite a warm and sticky day to have an 8 sec improvement!!
Well done! :D
" The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man" Winston Churchill"
2013 Plans so Far
Princess Half Marathon Orlando Feb 23
Run for the Reach Water StationVolunteer April 14
Spring Fling Running Thing April 21 10k
Gran Fondo Road Race July 20th
Ride the Rideau 100km Sept 8
Army 1/2 Marathon Sept 22
http://ridetherideau.ca/give
Smattering of horse shows

User avatar
drghfx
Abby Hoffman
Posts: 9781
Joined: Tue Aug 02, 2005 6:49 pm
Location: Halifax, NS

Postby drghfx » Sat Jul 12, 2008 5:18 pm

Great job Sheldon, especially in the energy sapping humidity!
"A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers but borrowed from his children." - John James Audubon

"The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children." - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"I was watching the London Marathon and saw one runner dressed as a chicken and another runner dressed as an egg. I thought: 'This could be interesting'." - Paddy Lennox

"There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast!" - author unknown

User avatar
Sandra
Bill Crothers
Posts: 2195
Joined: Thu Nov 09, 2006 4:29 pm
Location: Tottenham, Ontario

Postby Sandra » Sat Jul 12, 2008 6:34 pm

What a great time! I ran that race today too (didn't see you though) and damn it was hard!
Congratulations on your time and great report btw.
Sandra
"Appreciate what you got and chill when things seem overwhelming."

User avatar
purdy65
Abby Hoffman
Posts: 9921
Joined: Fri Apr 25, 2008 6:06 pm
Location: Toronto

Postby purdy65 » Sat Jul 12, 2008 7:08 pm

Doonst,

Your consistency is amazing!

Congrats.

Lisa
It's not the size of the dog in the fight...it's the size of the fight in the dog! 11K Marker post - 2010 ATB.

Introducing 2017

GoodLife Half Marathon.
TBD

User avatar
HCcD
Donovan Bailey
Posts: 60014
Joined: Wed Jul 27, 2005 8:05 pm
Location: Canada
Contact:

Postby HCcD » Sat Jul 12, 2008 7:09 pm

Way-da-Go, in Moving Up the ladder, Sheldon :P
Race Results: http://itsmyrun.com/index.php?display=p ... unner=HCiD

User avatar
Dr. S
Abby Hoffman
Posts: 9646
Joined: Thu Feb 15, 2007 12:33 pm
Location: Montreal
Contact:

Postby Dr. S » Sat Jul 12, 2008 7:31 pm

8 seconds is 8 seconds!! Congrats on getting out of bed this morning lol
Sonia

7 marathons (PB 5:01)
31 halfs (PB 2:10)
----------------------------
The plan for 2014: 10K des glaces & Apocalypse 5K
2015: No plan at all!

User avatar
cgraham
Bill Crothers
Posts: 1358
Joined: Thu May 22, 2008 2:38 pm
Location: Toronto

Postby cgraham » Sat Jul 12, 2008 7:50 pm

Nice job in swampy conditions. Congrats
2009 Highlights
Marathon - 2:54:05 (Mar 22 - Tokyo)
Half - 1:20:00 (Apr 26 - Hartwell)
5k - 17:09 (Acura 5k - Jul 19)
800m - 2:16.80 (York U - Jul 28 )
Now - Getting back my running fitness
My training log

Why practice running slow? It comes naturally!

"There are two types of injuries that we older runners get: those that we can run with and those that we can't. And if you're over 30 and don't have one or the other, you aren't training hard enough." - Younger Legs blog

User avatar
Doonst
Abby Hoffman
Posts: 10598
Joined: Thu Aug 11, 2005 10:17 pm
Location: the corner of Sixth and Where Do I Go?
Contact:

Postby Doonst » Sat Jul 12, 2008 7:52 pm

Checking a sample of other people's results on Sportstats that had also done it last year, 80% were slower this year. (8-2, by 1 to 4 minutes around my pace.) I'll take that as a sign that conditions really were tougher and slower today.
The other thing I noticed is that easily 3/4 of the people have done it multiple times, it gets huge repeat business.

Justme, "damn it was hard" could be my report if I had to keep it to 4 words.
next up:


This broken wing will fly again
One fine day
This blackbird's mute gonna sing again
One fine day

So all you sinners come out
And all you drunkards crawl out
Come into the light of one fine day

User avatar
drghfx
Abby Hoffman
Posts: 9781
Joined: Tue Aug 02, 2005 6:49 pm
Location: Halifax, NS

Postby drghfx » Sat Jul 12, 2008 7:56 pm

Doonst wrote:Checking a sample of other people's results on Sportstats that had also done it last year, 80% were slower this year. (8-2, by 1 to 4 minutes around my pace.) I'll take that as a sign that conditions really were tougher and slower today.
The other thing I noticed is that easily 3/4 of the people have done it multiple times, it gets huge repeat business.

Justme, "damn it was hard" could be my report if I had to keep it to 4 words.


So it doesn't look like giving blood 10 days or so ago had much impact. What are your thoughts?
"A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers but borrowed from his children." - John James Audubon

"The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children." - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"I was watching the London Marathon and saw one runner dressed as a chicken and another runner dressed as an egg. I thought: 'This could be interesting'." - Paddy Lennox

"There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast!" - author unknown

User avatar
dgrant
Lynn Williams
Posts: 13854
Joined: Wed Jul 27, 2005 12:01 am
Location: Down by the river

Postby dgrant » Sat Jul 12, 2008 7:59 pm

Attaboy! Sorry you didn't get to use any of the excuses. :wink:

User avatar
Doonst
Abby Hoffman
Posts: 10598
Joined: Thu Aug 11, 2005 10:17 pm
Location: the corner of Sixth and Where Do I Go?
Contact:

Postby Doonst » Sat Jul 12, 2008 8:06 pm

drghfx wrote:
Doonst wrote:Checking a sample of other people's results on Sportstats that had also done it last year, 80% were slower this year. (8-2, by 1 to 4 minutes around my pace.) I'll take that as a sign that conditions really were tougher and slower today.
The other thing I noticed is that easily 3/4 of the people have done it multiple times, it gets huge repeat business.

Justme, "damn it was hard" could be my report if I had to keep it to 4 words.


So it doesn't look like giving blood 10 days or so ago had much impact. What are your thoughts?


I haven't even thought of that for a week! Another excuse! Really I can't say that I think it had any influence, compared to the humidity etc.

ETA: it seems that was 16 days ago.
next up:


This broken wing will fly again
One fine day
This blackbird's mute gonna sing again
One fine day

So all you sinners come out
And all you drunkards crawl out
Come into the light of one fine day

SALTY-DOG
Johnny Miles
Posts: 71
Joined: Fri Dec 15, 2006 4:39 pm
Location: GTA, Ontario
Contact:

Congratulations

Postby SALTY-DOG » Sat Jul 12, 2008 9:00 pm

Considering the tough environmental conditions, 8 seconds faster is indicative of a much greater level of fitness. Imagine if the temp was 20 and there was no humidity? You'd probably be 80 seconds faster or more! Great job.
Just to give you an idea of how popular the race has become, in the first season in 2000 there were 55 racers, This year there were over 700 registered with 640 at the start line! This was the biggest 5Peaks race ever across Canada. Glad you enjoyed the 'Snake. We have big plans for Rattlesnake in 2009. See you on the trails.
See you on the trails!

User avatar
Robbie-T
Jerome Drayton
Posts: 6340
Joined: Mon Aug 08, 2005 11:44 am
Location: Awesome World
Contact:

Postby Robbie-T » Sat Jul 12, 2008 9:36 pm

Nice run Doonster, I can't imagine that many people on that trail. Wow.

Good running.
Mississauga Marathon - 2:52
Around the Bay - 1:58
Click>> Race History
ItsMyRun.com

"If I'm running, it will be a good run" - Robbie-T

"I just hope that people look at it and say, 'Hey if this yahoo can do it, then I can do it too.' That'd be cool if people thought that. It's just a matter of putting the miles in and working. It's not so much how much talent you have. I hope." - Brian Sell.

"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the Gift." - Pre

User avatar
Strider
Jerome Drayton
Posts: 5387
Joined: Tue Jan 23, 2007 7:40 am
Location: Training to find my next edge
Contact:

Postby Strider » Sun Jul 13, 2008 5:49 am

Rockin' race D-man. You did really well. I am thinking I like the non-popularity of trail running around here. Damn that is a lot of people. Wave starts for a trail race - insane
Help Fight Children's Cancer with Sears Canada and GoodGuysTri - 26 Team Mates, All Running 100km, 1 Goal.
If you have the time please read my participation page and consider a donation.

trixiee
Lynn Williams
Posts: 17644
Joined: Thu Aug 18, 2005 6:26 pm

Postby trixiee » Sun Jul 13, 2008 6:55 am

Nice, Doonst, very nice! :D
http://connect.garmin.com/profile/trixiee14

Why fit in when you were born to stand out?
~ Dr. Suess~
Life is short. Drink the good wine first!

User avatar
mlazenby
Bill Crothers
Posts: 1590
Joined: Sun Aug 21, 2005 11:38 am
Location: Stayner, ON
Contact:

Postby mlazenby » Sun Jul 13, 2008 7:23 am

Way to take it to the trail big guy!
Hola!

User avatar
Jo-Jo
Kevin Sullivan
Posts: 28747
Joined: Thu Jul 28, 2005 6:12 am

Postby Jo-Jo » Sun Jul 13, 2008 9:27 am

Just another reminder to me why I'm still your loyal fan :D :wink:
Great job Sheldon!
Technophobe Extraordinaire
"Princess" J0-JO...The Awesome Running Machine.
"a precious, unique and quirky individual"...definition given by a Toronto Cop
An Ever Loyal and Devoted Official Doonst Fan.
"In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer" -Albert Camus
"Keep Going. Never Give Up." Spencer

User avatar
AlfiefromPickering
Bill Crothers
Posts: 1140
Joined: Wed Mar 07, 2007 8:34 pm
Location: Pickering, Ontario Мать Россия
Contact:

Postby AlfiefromPickering » Sun Jul 13, 2008 10:35 am

Going back to your roots Sheldon at the ankle-buster trail races. Congratulations!
I am in love with the President of Argentina .... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zhf5iInIWEs mamacita preciosa
and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIZ39iEw80M. She is 63 is 2016.... meaning 10 years older than I. I guess I'm into mature girls .....


Return to “Run/Race Reports”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests