Robbie-T @ CDN Masters XC Championships

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Robbie-T @ CDN Masters XC Championships

Postby Robbie-T » Sun Nov 30, 2008 10:12 pm

Well I've been looking forward to this race for a year, and having ran the past 2 XC races this fall sick I was really looking forward to running strong for this one.

I was pumped and ready for this one, my cold was 95% clear. Guelph received a few inches of snow the week before the race and the entire course was snow covered. The temperature was about 0C, the sun was partially out so there were a few slushy sections especially with all the runners that have already gone over the course. It was a beautiful day for a XC race, in the snow Canadian style.

After registration I hooked up with the East Toronto Striders for a warm up loop. After that the PA system announcer talked about how everyone should have their long pins in and if you need some they are selling them at a tent on site. I had some time so i checked them out and bought a set of 13mm pins for the race, I think the stock pins are 8mm so they are pretty aggressive maybe even dangerous looking.

Switch them pretty quickly, got ready to race and made my way to the start. Did a few strides, where Fizz saw me and we wished each other good races. My legs felt great and these extra long pins felt strong under foot.

Loop 1
The gun goes off, I try to go out semi-fast, just enough not to get locked in the back of the pack when the track got narrow. Went out feeling relaxed, not pushing just wanted to flow the first loop, stay steady the second, third pick it up and forth go for it. Previous XC races I went out too fast and held on for painful dear life until the end.

First 2k loop was 7:29, that was a bit quick.

Loop 2
I kept to it and passed people as they started slowing down. Second loop finished, 7:41. Not much else happened, planning and plotting my next moves.

Loop 3
Started hurting a bit now, I hear the announcer comment that the first female is finishing her second loop, I figure about 300m back maybe, better keep pushing so I don't get chicked. I caught up to a racer I have been chasing a lot this year. The guy that beat me on the 5k Mohawk Horse Track, and beat me at both previous XC races. I slowly moved up on him during the 3rd loop, tracked him for a while, I knew he can be pretty quick, and also he can play possum too, I passed him about 3/4 around with a surge and didn't look back. I fully expected him to surge back as he did in previous races but there was no exchange this time. Finished the 3rd loop, 7:54.

Loop 4
Going for broke, the great thing about Masters XC, everyone wears their age group on their back so you can see who ahead of you is in your AG and be able to race them. The bad thing is if you see a guy ahead of you with a 50 on their back it makes you feel at bit slow ;-) it happens though some of these guys are very quick.

Now I am in race mode, I see one guy ahead with a 35, pass him on the first down hill, he responds by trying to surge pass me on the next up hill and I respond and close the door on him. Ahead I see another 35 that I don't think I have time to catch, but I try anyway. I surprisingly catch him on the final down hill before a 250m gut check hill climb to the finish line. I knew he had lots of experience and expected he wouldn't let anyone in his AG pass him this close to the finish without a fight. I make my move and scurried up that hill like a scarred rabbit so he couldn't or wouldn't want to hurt that much to catch me. He never did and I ended up catching 2 other guys up the hill as I kicked to the finish.
Loop 4, 7:44

That was so fun, I loved having a chance to actually race, and not just hang on for survival and hope other guys don't catch me.

XC is amazing fun, but makes you really earn every finish.

Next up the Egg Nog Jog, and I'm feeling very positive and motivated for another good run in the snow.

Final time 30:57
6/12 in my AG
54/169 Overall
54/137 Males

Flotrack has a bunch of videos and pictures of the event.

Final kick passing one more guy.
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Postby Doonst » Sun Nov 30, 2008 10:32 pm

That's nice racin' Robbie. You just keep getting faster, smarter, but the best part is you're having fun at it. Good on ya!
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Postby Nicholas » Sun Nov 30, 2008 10:50 pm

Great race, Rob. Kicking butt in the slush.....

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Postby MINITEE » Sun Nov 30, 2008 10:57 pm

Rob.. you make that actually sound like fun! :shock: Congrats on a race well run.

I wanted to post a link here that I think anyone who reads this RR should take a boo at... viewtopic.php?t=234

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Postby JamesP123 » Sun Nov 30, 2008 11:20 pm

man cross country is so fun , I miss it , Good race!
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Postby Jo-Jo » Mon Dec 01, 2008 8:06 am


You're not a Weekend're a 365 day a year Warrior :wink:

A great report for a very well executed race. You went into the day with a plan and raced that way. Awesome.

I've watched some of the videos...gut check hill is right...that looked mean.
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Postby cgraham » Mon Dec 01, 2008 8:10 am

Nice job in the snow. Sounds like a great time for you. Pretty decent splits too considering the terrain.

13mm spikes sound scary long.
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Postby TheBman » Mon Dec 01, 2008 8:26 am

Well that brings back memories of xc in highschool!!!!


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Postby runningman » Mon Dec 01, 2008 9:00 am

Great job, Rob and really good report. Looks like alot of fun.

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Postby flexrun » Mon Dec 01, 2008 9:30 am

You had a great race and passed a lot of people, congrats! I'm sure that not being sick helped so that you could give it your 100% which you did by the looks of your picture near the end :wink: .
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Postby shaggytour2005 » Mon Dec 01, 2008 9:54 am

Awesome Result against very good runners! I love XC and miss it so much. Everytime I see XC results I start to think about the great old high school days and running in crazy winter weather up silly ski slopes. So much fun!

Great report and photo Robbie! Houston didn't have a chance!

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Postby La » Mon Dec 01, 2008 10:00 am

Awesome result, RT! W00t!
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Postby Magoo » Mon Dec 01, 2008 11:37 am

Nice racing. You look like you could run through a wall at the finish.
The videos were real cool...Watching them I felt too soft for xc.
Great report!!

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Postby scrumhalfgirl » Mon Dec 01, 2008 12:31 pm

great stuff - another solid performance!
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Postby UltraQueenga » Mon Dec 01, 2008 2:36 pm

Wow, amazing performance, Robbie! Way to go!
I can't imagine running at that speed with spikes on my shoes.
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Postby Ed Fizz » Mon Dec 01, 2008 2:58 pm

Awesome run big guy. The tougher the course, the tougher you are!!! :D

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Postby 5km » Mon Dec 01, 2008 3:09 pm

Great report. Great result. Congrats!

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Postby VeloCarrie » Mon Dec 01, 2008 5:36 pm

Congratulations Robbie-T! :D
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Postby bicycle.boy » Mon Dec 01, 2008 7:30 pm

Well done, Robbie-T! Great way to learn from the previous races, and stick to the plan - even if you did start off a little fast! Learn from that too. :-)

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Postby kpoire » Mon Dec 01, 2008 10:21 pm

Great racin', man. Another sweet result. Congrats Rob!

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Postby Strider » Wed Dec 03, 2008 8:06 am

Smokin' in the snow Bro...loved that you loved it so much. I have to run one of these someday. Nice.
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Postby MrsStrider » Wed Dec 03, 2008 8:29 pm

Looks like a blast Robbie! Whoa.... that's quite the race face buddy. I thought mine was some serious. Scary dude. Well done and great that you had so much fun. :lol:
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Postby Ed Fizz » Sat Dec 06, 2008 9:33 pm

Hey man, I found a vid of you racin' in Guelph. You look awesome!!! ... e-americas

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Postby Robbie-T » Sun Dec 07, 2008 8:40 pm

Ed Fizz wrote:Hey man, I found a vid of you racin' in Guelph. You look awesome!!! ... e-americas

oh man, I can't wait until your pink shoe wearing butt gets enough courage up to run the Egg Nog Jog...
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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 trixiee » Sun Dec 07, 2008 9:31 pm

Well done RobbieT! :D

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