Sulphur Springs, 25K, Doonst

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Sulphur Springs, 25K, Doonst

Postby Doonst » Sun May 28, 2006 10:45 am

I did the Sulphur Springs 25 K trail race in Ancaster yesterday, and I found it a little tougher than I expected. I had done the 10 K in last years race, and ran 22 K on the course 2 weeks ago, so i thought I knew what to expect. But every day is different I know.
Saw lots of Maniacs, good to see them out on the trails. Met Snowrunner, also doing the 25, and actually talked to him for the first 1.5 K before he scooted off.
It was muddier than last year, but mostly on the low spots, not the hills themselves. There were some though. The 25 does a 5 K loop, then the main 20 K loop that the long distance runners do over and over. There is a steep hill, the "gultch", that we get to do twice, at 4 K and at 24 K. I was hoping that this would be the only one that I would walk. Rounded the first loop in 27 minutes, seemed slow to me at the time. By 10 K the humidity was kicking in, and i saw that the times would be slow today. There was a weird out and back section in the middle, with a water stop. I think it was around here that I noticed how bagged i felt, after just half way. I started walking up the hills, admittedly so did everybody else. Its infectious! At first I felt guilty, but by 20 K I couldn't wait for a hill, so I could walk! Perceived effort is funny in a race like this, I knew I had to save enough energy not to crash too soon, but felt bad that I couldn't "master" the course. Back on the first loop around 18 K, I saw the big Maniac gang running the 10 K coming towards me, and i even managed to seem cheery(I hope). It was a pick-me-up for me for sure. Then the biggest hill, and 20 K water station. I made sure I was drinking 2 gatorades each time to keep hydrated. Takes time though. From here on I knew the course pretty well, and I picked it up a bit. Even passed 2 or 3 people on the big downhill, and then a couple more on another downhill. Posed for the photographer on Martin Road (strided a bit) and then the gultch again. Coming downhill after that back onto the main trail, I felt better than i had for an hour. With only 300 metres to go, i picked it up a bit, but its a gentle uphill, and my legs threatened to cramp up! Ended up shuffling up to the finish, with just enough energy for a big wave.

So I did find it tough, thats my word for it. Time was 2:36:21, came in 68 out of 152. Last year I did a Vulture Bait 25 trail race in 2:25, and I think I'm a lot faster now. This was slower going for sure. I think that the times were noticeably slower that last years race here, partly mud, partly humidity. It was my slowest pace of any race that I have done, took longer than my last 30 K. I am more sore now than any road race this year, mostly my back and even shoulders. Not bad though. Another race that I need revenge at!
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Postby jgore » Sun May 28, 2006 10:50 am

Way to go, Doonst. Heat and humidity make a very big difference. Congratulations on fighting through it.

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Postby Doonst » Sun May 28, 2006 10:56 am

jgore wrote:Way to go, Doonst. Heat and humidity make a very big difference. Congratulations on fighting through it.


It wasn't really hot yet, mostly humid. I'm sure it got hotter by the afternoon, I was thinking about Mike Lazenby and others out there doing the 50 miler.
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Postby RonPerth » Sun May 28, 2006 11:32 am

Good going, Sheldon. Every day is different, and we do what we can on that day.

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Postby pts » Sun May 28, 2006 11:34 am

Sheldon, like i said before, you looked really sharp when we passed you. I was amazed at how fast/effortless you seemed.

Good work on a tough course. :D That "gulch" is crazy- i can't believe you had to do it two times! :shock:

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Postby HCcD » Sun May 28, 2006 12:54 pm

:clap: bravo, bravo ... great job ....
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Postby rune163 » Sun May 28, 2006 1:06 pm

nice work sheldon! glad to hear i'm not the only one with sore shoulders! i couldn't even carry a water bottle toward the end!

great time on a tough day. you'll get your revenge there next year in the 50k :)

happy trails!
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Postby deb » Sun May 28, 2006 4:45 pm

good job doonst, things don't always go exactly as planned. you finished the race, and didn't give up. congrats!!
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Postby Marvin Martian » Sun May 28, 2006 4:49 pm

Good work Doonst. I'm not a big fan of humidity... a dry 10 degree day for me is perfect... I'd melt at that race.

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Postby DougG » Sun May 28, 2006 4:56 pm

Well done on a challenging day!! :D
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Postby Lx2run » Sun May 28, 2006 4:56 pm

Thanks for the report.

Good run and a good time what with the heat and humidity.
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Postby Size5 » Sun May 28, 2006 5:51 pm

Nice work Sheldon.... Won't be long before you'll be challening the 50 milers I'm sure :wink:

Humidity sucks and makes racing VERY difficult. You said it yourself, you are faster than last year so go find a revenge race :twisted:

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Postby dgrant1 » Sun May 28, 2006 7:05 pm

Sheldon, you still looked great at the end, far as I'm concerned... Well done, buddy! 8) :wink:
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Postby trixiee » Sun May 28, 2006 7:06 pm

It was very humid yesterday, and we're not used to it yet! Great effort on a tough day, and a tough course!
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Postby Robbie-T » Sun May 28, 2006 7:37 pm

Nice work Doonst'er tough day fo' sho'
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Postby BJH » Sun May 28, 2006 7:40 pm

Nice work Doonst. You looked strong both at the end and when you passed us. :D
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Postby Doonst » Sun May 28, 2006 7:41 pm

BJH wrote:Nice work Doonst. You looked strong both at the end and when you passed us. :D


"It's not how you feel, its how you look." Thanks.
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Postby Ed Fizz » Sun May 28, 2006 7:50 pm

Well done!!! Congrats.

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Postby SusanD » Sun May 28, 2006 9:04 pm

Sounds like a tough day! Congrat's on all your hard work... well done! :D
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Postby runjanerun » Sun May 28, 2006 9:42 pm

I thought you looked great too, Sheldon!

Here is a photo of you coming across the mat at the 5K mark.

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And here is one of you enjoying the shade afterwards.

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Sorry I didn't get one of you crossing the finish line!

It sounds like everyone had a rough race this weekend! The weather was definitely a factor. We have really not had any time to get adjusted to the heat. Five days earlier we were having a few snow flurries!

It was nice to see you again! Wow, twice in one month! This is getting to be a habit! :wink:
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Postby Doonst » Mon May 29, 2006 7:39 am

Thanks for the pics Jane. Do you get frequent racer points on the 401?
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Postby ChrisL » Mon May 29, 2006 7:43 am

Good work. Heat will do that to you.
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Postby dgrant » Mon May 29, 2006 7:56 am

Top half finish! Attaboy buddy. 8)

You'll be kickin' up mud in my face this fall for sure...

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Postby Marg » Mon May 29, 2006 12:12 pm

Well done!! Congrats 8)
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Postby Kelodie » Mon May 29, 2006 12:29 pm

Congratulations on finishing that tough race! I'm sure you gave it all you had!
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