Doonst at the Damn Tuff Ruff Bluff Run

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Postby Doonst » Sun Jul 23, 2006 10:24 pm

Saturday July 22 in Owen Sound. We went up the night before and camped right in Harrison Park Campgrounds, the start/finish location of the race. It was a little touristy, motorhomes and patio lanters, but very convenient. Slept ok after the kids and dogs quieted down. Got to sleep in right to 6:45 for an 8 oclock start.
Met Mike (mlazenby) before the start; I've seen him in several races, but only on the course. There was 140 in the race, not quite a record. The 10th anniversary tshirts were great, sorta like a concert T.
After a few speaches (the mayor was there) we were off.
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It was a funny course, quite a mix of terrain. Some city paths, some Bruce trail, some trails in the Inglis Falls conservation area, and in Harrison Park. And some that they just cut a swath of grass through the forest for the race.

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I think that this is Mike, number 32 at the back.

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The course consisted of loops each 12.5 K. The first 7 K was tougher than average, the next 5.5 was easier than average, mostly groomed trail with 1 K of paved road.

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Hilly bits.

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My first loop, splits ranged from 7:14 down to 4:53. It was pretty humid after rain the day before, but not too hot at least. I passed the line for the first loop just under 1:11, better than I thought I was doing. I knew I couldn't keep up that pace for the next loop, the next 3 K were the low point for me; I lost about 3 minutes compared to first loop.

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Leveled out a bit up on top of the escarpment where the wind helped with the humidity. Then I lost another minute off in the bushes, :oops: that's never happened to me before. Bound to I guess, there was just no waiting 15 minutes to the next washroom.

I had a good last 5 K, passed the 3 guys who got past me on my "break". Plus, its mostly easy downhill trails coming into the finish. Finished in 2:26:47 I think (for 25 K). Results aren't posted yet.

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As you can see, there was no chiptiming, just a couple of people counting laps and writing down times. No idea how I placed.

Afterwards, I had a bagel, 5Alive, then a 15 minute massage. Went back to our campsite and had a shower while Heather reheated some pasta. Had lunch and a beer, then a 1 hour nap. Some perks to camping at the race. Got up to go watch Mike finish his 50 K, first time I've waited around. Were sitting down on lawn chairs cheering as people finished, when Mike just comes walking by, nobody cheering; he said he had dnf-ed. It was sort of anti-climactic, or maybe ironic? All in all the race was just sort of weird, not what I expected. Not your typical Bruce Trail rocky terrain. I was happy enough with my result, not a PB, but every course is so different. And half of it felt pretty slow.

Later that day, we went out to a Georgian Bay shoreline and went swimming with Bud, our dog. Sunday too.

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Bud watching the race.
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Postby seuss » Sun Jul 23, 2006 10:41 pm

Great report. Nice race.

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Postby deb » Sun Jul 23, 2006 10:53 pm

wow, sounds like you did great, looked like a fun run to do!
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Postby Samantha » Sun Jul 23, 2006 11:45 pm

Good job.

I like the picture of the race through the ears of the dog! How cute!

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Postby jgore » Mon Jul 24, 2006 4:48 am

Sounds like a tough, but fun event, Sheldon. Congrats on a really good day.

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Postby trixiee » Mon Jul 24, 2006 5:01 am

Yes. That trail is very tough! (I've tried to run it before, but have only managed a walk-slog - it was very slippery and muddy the last time I was in Owen Sound!)

Amazing job, Doonst! Well done!
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Postby Ken B » Mon Jul 24, 2006 6:29 am

Hey Sheldon- Excellent report and pics. From some of the photos I can see the terrain at times would be difficult, especially the downhills. Great run, man!! Also great dog!! :lol:

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Postby Kristi » Mon Jul 24, 2006 6:37 am

Looks like a tough run. Way to go Sheldon!

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Postby HCcD » Mon Jul 24, 2006 7:10 am

Nice going ... trail running/racing looks fun ... perhaps, I should start hopping on them trails too .... :P
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Postby Ed Fizz » Mon Jul 24, 2006 7:15 am

Nice pictures. They remind me of our x-c cuorses back in high school up in Northern Ontario (down here in Southern Ontario, they seem to run an awful lot of their x-c races on golf courses).
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Postby RA. » Mon Jul 24, 2006 7:28 am

Awesome job, Sheldon! I love the pic with Bud!
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Postby Mike from Creemore » Mon Jul 24, 2006 7:40 am

Sheldon, great photos and race. Enjoyed the report very much. My knee hurts just looking at the terrain!
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Re: Doonst at the Damn Tuff Ruff Bluff Run

Postby dgrant » Mon Jul 24, 2006 7:42 am

Nice going!

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This is one of the best Maniac race pics I've seen so far. 8)

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Postby Size5 » Mon Jul 24, 2006 7:44 am

Great race! The trail looks like a blast! I think you got a fantastic result! Sounds like the typical ultra/trail race with people counting laps etc...

Great Photos (who took all of them???)

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Postby Doonst » Mon Jul 24, 2006 7:49 am

Size5 wrote:Great race! The trail looks like a blast! I think you got a fantastic result! Sounds like the typical ultra/trail race with people counting laps etc...

Great Photos (who took all of them???)

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My girlfriend Heather, usually known as Significant Other or just "S.O." took the pictures. Once when I passed her, (in the picture with the dude in black shirt) Bud recognised me and tried to follow. I told her "lady, control your dog!" and she laughed.
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Postby Doonst » Mon Jul 24, 2006 7:51 am

dgrant wrote:Nice going!



This is one of the best Maniac race pics I've seen so far. 8)


Is that a joke about my ass? No funny monokinis for this guy, sorry!
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Postby msdesigner » Mon Jul 24, 2006 7:52 am

Trail running is tough but it seems you are "tougher" Good job Sheldon!! :clap: :clap:

Reading your report makes me want to head up to the Gats this afternoon!! I love the pix above and the one of Bud the dog watching the race.
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Postby MINITEE » Mon Jul 24, 2006 7:53 am

Great report & it sounds like a pretty good time to me!

That pic of the race with Bud in it is amazing... I love that one!

This whole trail running thing... :think: Looks like I will need to hit Fanshawe Lake sometime in the next month or so!!!

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Postby Size5 » Mon Jul 24, 2006 7:53 am

Heather ROCKED as official photographer!!
She must have been everywhere to get all those great shots!

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Postby Marg » Mon Jul 24, 2006 8:31 am

Wow the terrain looks amazing! Congrats SHeldon, well done! Amazing how challenging it must have been for your pace to go all over the place like that. Bravo! :D
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Postby Robbie-T » Mon Jul 24, 2006 9:33 am

Nice time Bud!! You are starting to worry me.
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Postby Doonst » Tue Jul 25, 2006 9:40 am

So now the results are posted. http://ouser.org/results/06/dt06.pdf
Nobody beat Ryne's course record for the 50K. I came in 20th in the 25 out of 82 finishers. 11th out of 20 in my age category. If I were just 9 months older I would have placed 3rd for men 50 and over, or if I was under 40 I would have been 5th! C'mon birthday! Mike was 45th overall.
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Postby QuickChick » Tue Jul 25, 2006 11:40 am

Wow, that looks like a gorgeous run! It sounds like you had fun. Great report and I love the pics!
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Postby dwayne_runs_far » Tue Jul 25, 2006 1:54 pm

Sheldon,

Sounds like you had a great time! Congrats on an awesome run!

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Postby mlazenby » Tue Jul 25, 2006 3:30 pm

Doonst wrote: If I were just 9 months older I would have placed 3rd for men 50.... C'mon birthday!


I agree. Get the heck out of my age-group! 40-49's tough enough without you in there!! :wink:
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