Robbie-T @ 5 Peaks-Albion Hills Enduro

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Robbie-T @ 5 Peaks-Albion Hills Enduro

Postby Robbie-T » Sat Aug 08, 2009 10:08 pm

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Last race before baby #3 arrives, wanted to go out hard and have a good race before packing the race shoes away for a few months.

I ran a half marathon at Albion Hills a couple years ago so I knew what I was in for. Lots of hills, nothing too technical, constant twists and turns for 12.8 km.

The boys both ran the kids race, both guys fell at the start, got back up and finished the run bloody knees and all. They had fun.

My sweet goal was top 10, but top 20 would have been nice too, 5 Peaks races always have some top touch talent show up. I thought an average pace of 4:20-4:30 would be a good goal looking at last years results.
Doonst snickered at my goals, just what I needed before the race ;-) a doubter for incentive.

I took off with the first wave, started near the back of the pack, not what I planned, but they got started before I was really set, so I make my way through the pack, then start my watch about 700m into the race, oops no biggie really.

The first 1-2km I'm making my way through the pack and settle in behind 'red shirt' for a while. Around 4-5k I pass him and make some distance on him. After that I didn't see anyone ahead of me, so I hold my position for a while then I got a glimpse of 'no shirt'. Oh Boy!! a target. So for the next few km, I work on making some ground on him, and ever so slowly I do. At one point a pass a volunteer that said I was in 11th, well that is just going to make me push just that much more to get into the top 10.

The trail was tough, always up and down, twist and turn, and I was feeling more tired. With about 3k to go, I finally find myself on 'no shirt' heels, I wait for a good spot to pass, right at the top of a hill and push hard down the hill to try to break his spirit. Now I'm running scared and I know there isn't much race left and I want to stay in front of him.

Finally in the last km and I give it all I have left, race recklessly down the final hill and through the finish.

55:49 final time
10th overall
5th in my age group 30-39 out of 58
4:22 avg pace 12.8km

I grabbed the 3rd place AG medal, since 2 of the top 3 were also in my AG.

I feel super about the effort I put into this race and my results.

Pictures to come.
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Postby chunkymonkeymelonhed » Sat Aug 08, 2009 10:37 pm

WOO HOO Robbie-T! Impressive result. Love how you hunted down 'no-shirt', nice 8) .

Glad the kids enjoyed the fun too, bloody knees and all.

Gotta love the trails.
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Postby ian » Sat Aug 08, 2009 10:52 pm

You made an hour of lung-burning trail running seem as short and controlled as a track interval.

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Postby Darth Tater » Sun Aug 09, 2009 12:45 am

Nice way to finish your racing season before the new kidlet arrives. Way to go Robbie!
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Postby Tori » Sun Aug 09, 2009 5:45 am

Very cool! I love when the organizers put on stuff for the kids it really does make the day extra special.

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Postby Tred Miller » Sun Aug 09, 2009 6:51 am

Always amazed by your racing. Well done on getting to the top 10.
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Postby casual-runner » Sun Aug 09, 2009 7:25 am

Congratulations, strong result as always :clap:
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Postby b_squared » Sun Aug 09, 2009 7:30 am

Nice race Robbie! The boys sound like a chip of the ol' block, soon they'll be running you down!

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Postby Marg » Sun Aug 09, 2009 7:31 am

Who da man?
Robbie da man.

Nice to see your hunting spirit in tact as you picked off your victims... congrats Rob!
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Postby Doonst » Sun Aug 09, 2009 7:33 am

A smirk maybe, never a snicker! Robbie-T, destroying any reasonable expectations for 5 years now! Nice one .
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Postby rdmsgirl » Sun Aug 09, 2009 9:19 am

Nice job!
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Postby scrumhalfgirl » Sun Aug 09, 2009 10:18 am

way to go Robbie - some smart, strong racing! It was great to meet your family yesterday.

As for the tripping at the start? I'd be looking at the tall "kid" in the orange shirt for that one - I think he was trying to take out some tough competitors in the 0-5 age group.
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Postby QuickChick » Sun Aug 09, 2009 10:58 am

NICE racing Robbie. Way to run tough and get the result you want. That'll show Doonst. ;)
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Re: Robbie-T @ 5 Peaks-Albion Hills Enduro

Postby Run26.2 » Sun Aug 09, 2009 3:48 pm

Robbie-T wrote:
I feel super about the effort I put into this race and my results.

That's what it's all about big man...way to roll!
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Postby ratherBrunning » Sun Aug 09, 2009 4:21 pm

Awesome--congrats!! To your boys too! And best wishes with Baby#3! :D :D

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Postby Lightning » Sun Aug 09, 2009 4:55 pm

Awesome race, Rob! Love the part about your boys getting right back up. Hmmm...wonder where they've learned that from????

Congrats on your top ten finish, and your AG medal. Way to go out (for a few months) on top!!!

Good luck with #3!! :D
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Re: Robbie-T @ 5 Peaks-Albion Hills Enduro

Postby Jo-Jo » Mon Aug 10, 2009 6:07 am

Robbie-T wrote:The boys both ran the kids race, both guys fell at the start, got back up and finished the run bloody knees and all. They had fun.

Sounds like your boys have your mental toughness :D

Really liked the analysis of you race. I'm thrilled that you had such a good race before Baby #3 arrives.
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Postby kpoire » Mon Aug 10, 2009 8:43 am

Another smokin' race, Rob. Congrats!

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Postby msdesigner » Mon Aug 10, 2009 8:52 am

Freakin awesome result Robbie!!

I don't know how you can run that fast on a trail. It just boggles my mind!!! :shock:

I love that your boys got up and carried on..... Cut from the same cloth, I would say.
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Postby AirForceRunner » Mon Aug 10, 2009 11:15 am

Not sure if you noticed the details (I'm a sucker for details)...
The guy who finished BEHIND you by one spot is a 2:46 marathon/1:18 half marathon guy.
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Postby cgraham » Mon Aug 10, 2009 12:39 pm

Great racing out there Robbie. The running was good too, but sounds like you paced well and used the competition to push yourself on. There's nothing like that fear of being passed to keep you moving at the end.
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Postby CinC » Mon Aug 10, 2009 1:14 pm

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Postby UltraQueenga » Mon Aug 10, 2009 2:57 pm

Nicely done, mr T! Always inspiring reading your chase reports! :D Thanks for posting. Good luck with #3.
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Postby trixiee » Mon Aug 10, 2009 6:55 pm

Wow! Another amazing result in the books! I'm glad you're hanging up your racing shoes to help out at home, but I hope for not too long, though! :wink: (Don't be mad at me Bridie - I'm just selfish, and will miss reading these race reports!) :wink:

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