Robbie-T @ Sunnybrook 8k Masters XC w/pics

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Robbie-T @ Sunnybrook 8k Masters XC w/pics

Postby Robbie-T » Sun Nov 02, 2008 10:14 pm

Similar to cgraham this was my first XC race since high school, I knew the competition was going to be upper level and the course was going to be hard too. James, my lunch time running bud is a long time Masters runner and gave me all the info on the course and the field.

I've had a cold all week and is still very bothersome but I wasn't missing this race for anything.

Well I think the best of the best came out for this race 30 of 114 came in below 30 minutes for 8k of tough terrain.

I did about 3k warm up and a few strides, gathered at the start in my singlet and fancy new spikes and we are off. Feeling good 3:34 or so first km, then the hill steep down and back up. The hill isn't huge, it is steep, the thing is you are trying to run 8k pace as much as possible so it really smacks you in the gut trying to get up it as fast as possible.

Try to recover quick and about 2 more km to finish the first loop, km 3 was kind of flat (cgraham caught me here) and the 4th was a long up hill. At this point I'm running at about 90% effort level and now to do it all over again. The last 2k were very hard. Finished as hard as I could, I was bagged. No one caught me the final loop, and I caught a couple guys so as slow as I though I was going I must have been doing OK.

I loved it!! It was a gut check for about 7 of the 8km of the race, trying to hold off other racers, hold your pace, possibly track down a few in front of you, and not fall flat on your face.

4k cool down with some of James' friends and stayed to watch the awards. The winner was 52 years old in 27:17!! :shock: Jerry Kooymans an amazing runner.

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Fizz the 5k race in 2 weeks doesn't climb the hill and I hear is "mostly" flat, so that's a bit less to worry about ;-)

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Postby Nicholas » Sun Nov 02, 2008 11:14 pm

Wow, you guys were in with the real big dogs!! Congrats on a great race and being willing to take these guys on. Somehow, knowing you, I think next time will be a little different....
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Postby Strider » Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:01 am

Crazy Brother - Near Puking and Grinning from ear-to-ear I would bet. Wish I could have been there.
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Postby cgraham » Mon Nov 03, 2008 7:09 am

Good to see you again Robbie - thanks for saying Hi as I passed by. I'd looked for you at the start, but seeing as I showed up less than ten minutes before the gun went off, that didn't work so well.

Glad you had fun out there in spite of having been sick - you looked pretty happy around 3k in.
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Postby Jo-Jo » Mon Nov 03, 2008 7:22 am

Awesome job of running with the Big Boys :D
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Postby TheBman » Mon Nov 03, 2008 7:23 am

DAMM!!!!!

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Postby HCcD » Mon Nov 03, 2008 7:48 am

Nicely done, big guy ... awesome ... :clap::clap:
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Re: Robbie-T @ Sunnybrook 8k Masters Cross Country

Postby Ed Fizz » Mon Nov 03, 2008 8:04 am

Robbie-T wrote: Fizz the 5k race in 2 weeks doesn't climb the hill and I hear is "mostly" flat, so that's a bit less to worry about ;-)


...like a super fast field of runners... :shock: I'm looking forward to having my a$$ handed to me on a platter.

Well done big guy!!!

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Postby Scotty » Mon Nov 03, 2008 8:09 am

OI! Them boys did sound fast.

Congrats on a strong performance!

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Postby bicycle.boy » Mon Nov 03, 2008 8:15 am

Nice work Robbie!
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Postby casual-runner » Mon Nov 03, 2008 11:14 am

Great job competing with fast runners :clap::clap:
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Postby La » Mon Nov 03, 2008 11:59 am

Great result, RT!

Jerry was the president of our company's running club. I think the club is now-defunct, though. :? Yeah, those old guys really are fast! The winner of the Angus Glen 10K yesterday was in the 50-54 AG.
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Postby cgraham » Mon Nov 03, 2008 12:25 pm

You look like you're in pain there at the end
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Postby Robbie-T » Mon Nov 03, 2008 12:50 pm

cgraham wrote:You look like you're in pain there at the end


Felt like it too :lol:
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Postby QuickChick » Mon Nov 03, 2008 8:34 pm

WOW. That sounds absolutely nutty- when YOU aren't in the top half of your category, you know the competition is fierce! Great job. It sounds like a lot of fun. And a 52 year old running 8km in 27 and change? Wow.
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Postby mcshame » Mon Nov 03, 2008 9:53 pm

Great run Rob, very cool.

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Postby ratherBrunning » Tue Nov 04, 2008 9:20 pm

Exciting--great report! Congrats!!
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Postby Doonst » Tue Nov 04, 2008 10:38 pm

Fun stuff Rob. Sounds like you've found some races where you are amongst your peers.
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Postby blank » Wed Nov 05, 2008 7:59 am

Man, what a fast field, but you belong with them!

Looks like fun.

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Postby UltraQueenga » Wed Nov 05, 2008 1:27 pm

Solid work, robbie-t! Wow, I thought the older dudes in their 50s are after the awards in the ultras, but now it seems they're snatching hardware in the shorter distances, too. :lol:
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Postby flexrun » Sat Nov 08, 2008 10:27 pm

Sounds like a really tough race with some stiff competition, but you held your own. Great job!
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Postby Corpus Cani » Sun Nov 09, 2008 12:39 am

Robbie, that's not Cross Country.















That's Cross Country :wink:

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Postby Robbie-T » Sun Nov 09, 2008 11:36 am

Corpus Cani wrote:Robbie, that's not Cross Country.


That's Cross Country :wink:



looks like fun stuff.
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"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.

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Postby turd ferguson » Mon Nov 10, 2008 1:20 am

Great race , the XC looks like a lot of fun
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