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2009 Incline Club V13 TH #6 LR #24 — Race Reports!

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Incline Club V13 TH #6 LR #24 — Race Reports!

Sent: Wednesday, May 06, 2009 9:15 PM
Subject: Incline Club News V13 TH #6 LR #24 — Race Reports!

Good Evening Incline Club!

This week we have a plethora of race reports from 9 different folks and the BTMR race registration has kicked off.

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NEXT RUN: Tempo (Thursday), Barr Camp (Sunday)
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Thursday, May 7, 5:45pm — Hydro Street
Warm up from Memorial Park in time to get to Hydro Street. Do a 30 minute tempo run up the Barr Trail. Run easy back down the Barr Trail do 5 Hydro Street hill repeats.

Sunday, May 10, 8:00AM — Memorial Park
Run to Barr Camp and back via the Barr Trail.
Screw Shoes recommended!

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THIS WEEK’S QUOTE:
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The Six W’s: Work will win when wishing won’t.
--Todd Blackledge

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BTMR Race Registration:
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Registration for the 10th annual Barr Trail Mountain Race now underway. There are still a few slots available at http://runpikespeak.com/entry.htm.

Remember that all (not some, all... as in 100%) of the entry fees go to the Friends of the Peak and the El Paso County Search and Rescue. So think of it is a great fundraiser disguised as one of the best trail races in the country.

At last count, there were 112 IC’ers on the registered list, and 59 of them had made an extra donation above and beyond the amazingly low race entry fee. Remember that the top donor gets bib #1 (and the runner up gets #2).

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Weekend Weather Report:
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Thursday: Upper 60’s and 50% sky cover. 3% chance of thunderstorms.

Sunday: Upper 40’s at the start under partially cloudy skies. It should be in the mid to upper 40’s by the time you hit Barr Camp and it should be in the mid 60’s when you finish.

This week's stock tip: IRE

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Race Reports:
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Based on the avalanche of reports this week, it appears that race season is starting :-). We have a pair of half marathon reports from Dan and Douglas, a pair of marathon reports from Lori and Steve, Jon reports on the Desert RATS ultra and then six IC’ers (Willie, Larry, Val, Tim, Tracey and Anita) have submitted reports from the Collegiate Peaks Trail run this past weekend which may as well be counted as an unofficial IC club run (And I’m seeing a lot of names on the race results page from IC’ers who still need to submit race reports :-).

Granite Grinder — Conyers Georgia — 04/18/2009
Desert RATS 50 miler — Fruita, CO — 04/18/2009
TriColumbia Howard Life Festival Blossoms of Hope Half Marathon — Columbia, MD — 04/26/2009
(6) Collegiate Peaks Trail Run — Buena Vista, CO — 05/02/09
(2) Colorado Marathon — Fort Collins — 05/03/2009

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Granite Grinder — Conyers Georgia — 04/18/2009

Dan Burstein reports:
Distance: 13.1
Goal: Run as Hard as I could without bonking or dying
Results: Ran Hard 1:58
Website: http://www.goodrunproductions.com/graniteGrinder/

General Summary:
Nice local off road half marathon close to Atlanta, GA.
Weather could not have been much better.

Things Done Right:
Started out at good pace.
Blasted down hills.
Kept up good pace up the hills.
Had fun.
Did not trip on rocks, roots, ruts, other runners or giant Granite out crop you run across.

Things Done Wrong:
Should have looked tuffer for photos:)

Any Other Stuff:
Great off road course.
Really helped that each mile was marked along course.
Nice number of climbs (would seem very flat for all you CO ICers)

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Desert RATS 50 miler — Fruita, CO — 04/18/2009

Jon Teisher reports:
Distance: 50 miles
Goal: sub ten
Results: 10:33

General Summary:
Two loops over lots of rocky singletrack out in Fruita.

Things Done Right:
Started slow and tapered off. Found Mike the Headless Chicken and Grrrreta after the race.

Things Done Wrong:
Ran my first Grand Canyon R2R2R the week before. Tried to drive a 2WD vehicle up and over Freemont Pass in the storm of the year.

Any Other Stuff:
Definitely check out the Hot Tomato Cafe in Fruita after a run there. Great pizza and Fat Tire.

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TriColumbia Howard Life Festival Blossoms of Hope Half Marathon — Columbia, MD — 04/26/2009

Douglas Smith reports:
Distance: 13.1 Miles
Goal: 1:40:00
Results: 1:41:11
Website: http://www.tricolumbia.org/

General Summary:
Was back on the East Coast for my niece’s wedding, and decided to run this thing as my Sunday long run at the last minute. It was a somewhat hilly out and back course, with the highlight that the route was lined with flowering Cherry Trees. Weather was beautiful (60-65 degrees). Many of the runners warned me that it was an extremely hilly course, but it really was not bad, one long steep hill at mile 6.

Things Done Right:
Was second in my age group, and received an award for the first time since I started running a couple of years ago. Met alot of really nice runners.

Things Done Wrong:
Missed first in my age group by 10 seconds, cause I kept chatting with other runners instead of really bearing down.

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Collegiate Peaks 50 — Buena Vista Colorado — 05-02-2009

Big Willie reports:
Distance: 50 miles
Goal: 10:00.00
Results: 10:48.48
Website: http://www.collegiatepeakstrailrun.org

General Summary:
Loop trail run, the first being CW, the 2nd being CCW; Mostly jeep trails.

Things Done Right:
Ran the 1st 25 with Jonathan Veteto- kept me pre-occupied shooting the bull; Was able to stay motivated at mile 25.05; Dressed appropriately- shorts, a long sleeve, & a jacket; Stayed hydrated & salted.

Things Done Wrong:
Stayed at Johnsons Beach the night before and listened to trucks come down off Trout Creek Pass all night; did not lose 20 pounds before the race; Did not get my long run mileage up high enough; Still haven’t mastered the pre-race diet.

Any Other Stuff:
Weather could not have been any better!

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Collegiate Peaks Trail Run — Buena Vista, CO — 05/02/2009

Larry Rosenkranz reports:
Distance: 25 miles
Goal: To Finish
Results: 4:07:54
Website: http://www.collegiatepeakstrailrun.org

General Summary:
Very challenging course with lots of steep hills and a varied mixture of single track, double track, dirt roads, sandy sections, and a few miles on pavement. Nice scenery along the route through BLM recreation area and views of the Collegiate Peaks even popped out of the clouds towards the end. Overcast, damp, and low 40’s at the start. After 15 miles the sun started to break out of the clouds and temps warmed into the 50’s. No precipitation fell from the sky during the race.

Things Done Right:
Wore my Dirty Girl Gaiters which kept the abundant amount of rocks, gravel, pebbles, and sand out of my running shoes.

Things Done Wrong:
I broke the cardinal rule of experimenting with something new on race day! I drank Heed at all the aid stations which I have never had before. I think it was a combination of this and eating too much at the pasta dinner the night before that forced me to duck behind a boulder at mile 13 and relieve myself.

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Collegiate Peaks Trail Run — Buena Vista CO — 05/02/09

Val Snider reports:
Distance: 25 miles
Goal: Do a fun run and compare to the Back to the Future Marathon on 3/14(6:08) Fell painfully short.
Results: 6:16

General Summary:
Good weather and temperature at race start. Overcast, though no wind and no rain...weather had rain at 50%. First hour or so of run I could tell the legs were saying...this will not be fun for you. Legs were not lying. Noticed my heart rate was about 10 beats per minute higher for what I perceived was a comfortable level of effort as I started on the course. After 2 hours my legs felt like I’d finished a marathon...not a good sign. Legs hurt as I ran...they felt dead and rebelled if I pushed it...how do you push walking? I’d say I walked/speed walked at least 75% of the time. It seemed at the 4:30 point I had just been forever climbing hills....probably because I had. Splendid scenery which I could soak up and rationalized this as I walked. One interesting aspect, which is probably a portend of things to come for races: At all aid stations, they wanted you to use hand sanitizer before you entered the aid area. They did not want germy hands dipping into the snacks. Not a real big deal...unless your hands were already cold..nothing like applying cooling alcohol based hand sanitizer onto your already cold hands. I skipped the first two aid stations except for water..no sanitizing needed to grab a cup of water. At aid station 3, (about the 15 mile point) I gave in...figured my legs needed something besides my Power Bars. Rubbed the hand sanitizer on my hands, then, grabbed a handful of potato chips. OMG....were they good. Surely something that taste this good, your body must need...right? Nothing like a handful of Lays garnished with a hint of hand sanitizer. Pigged out at this aid station, as well as at the next two. Now I need to figure out how to get potato chips in my fanny pack for future long runs.

Things Done Right:
Did not overtrain

Things Done Wrong:
Training since last marathon on March 14 was not focused. Race week prep, especially meals, was hit and miss...due to circumstances that were totally within my control.

Any Other Stuff:
At aid station 5, since I had already given in to potato chips, I went for the M&Ms. OMG. I need a bigger fanny pack.

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Collegiate Peaks 25/50 mile Trail Run — Buena Vista CO — 05/02/2009

Tim Virgo reports:
Distance: 25 miles
Goal: Finish
Results: 5:10:46
Website: http://www.collegiatepeakstrailrun.org

General Summary:
Beautiful 25m loop through rolling hills, looked like Narnia. A few tedious sandy stretches (but considerably easier than LRR in the snow). Weather just right: overcast and cool.

Things Done Right:
Consistent IC Sunday runs. Stuck to hydration and eating plan. Minimized fiddling about at aid stations.

Things Done Wrong:
Not running full Waldo/LRR’s in preparation. Popping off a perfectly healthy toenail in a midnight bathroom door incident 2 days before the race. Not finding the start line early enough — 3 minutes is not enough, duh. Too fast first 12 miles — 2nd duh.

Any Other Stuff:
As a swine-flu precaution the race organizers required us to use hand-sanitizer before touching anything at the aid stations; and I definitely saw one runner actually hand-sanitizing.

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Collegiate Peaks Trail Race — Buena Vista, CO — 05/02/09

Tracey Anderson reports:
Distance: 25 mi
Goal: Mainly to finish respectably, but secretly to come in around 4:20
Results: 4:26
Website: http://www.collegiatepeakstrailrun.org/

General Summary:
An infuriatingly vague weather forecast of “50/50 rain/snow showers” made me pack just about every stitch of running clothing I own, but dawned a perfect-for-running 38 degrees and overcast. One less thing to worry about since this was the first time I had ever run this far, much less raced it.

The course starts with a couple of miles of pavement until you veer onto some nice singletrack that reminded me of the white sand and limestone of Ute Valley and Palmer Park. This gave way to quite a bit of soft dirt jeep trail. The course rolls a lot, but rarely does any one thing for very long, which is good for ADHD types such as myself. It does, however, take a bit out of you switching gears so often. Having said that, there was also a good chunk of flat or gentle downhill that I did not expect. The turnover I needed for these sections beat my legs up pretty good.

After much consternation, I had decided to take my Nathan backpack rather than refill bottles, so had not planned to stop at the aid stations. They were 4-6 miles apart, so carrying some liquid is necessary for most folks. Pity the 50-milers who needed to eat, because thanks to the H1N1 flu, it was requested that runners pretty please use the provided hand sanitizer before plunging said germ-infested mitts into the pretzel bowl. I have to believe this came from the sponsoring Optimist Club members, who appeared not be runners, (or optimistic, for that matter), because I can’t imagine even a pandemic virus surviving on the hands of most snot-blowing, salty-sweating, mucous-hawking, pee-thru-my-pant-leg trail runners. Lucky me, I did not have to test my theory.

I did probably the best job I have to date of running an even effort. This was likely done more out of fear than any speck of smarts or skill, but that’s okay. It wasn’t until about mile 16 where I felt some tiredness in my legs. Coincidentally, this occurs right in the middle of a 3.5 mile long hatefully gentle hill. It’s runnable. It’s smooth. It’s like Rampart Range Road minus the rocks and gunfire, but it is also like watching a wind-up toy slowwwwllly wind down and stop in mid-walk. I was about to feel sorry for myself when I decided it was time to ask myself the one question that would put things back in their proper perspective---Is this worse than The Double?---uh, no. Hell, no!

Up and over past mile 18 I made it and unexpectedly, got a little second wind. Even more unexpectedly, I started passing people. Just as I was feeling like I was one awesome middle-aged Broad, I fell headlong into, what I am quite positive, was a bowl of lime Jell-o. Okay, this must be The Infamous Wall. Weird, but still not as bad as The Double.

These final couple of miles I put myself on auto-pilot GIT ER DONE mode when I thought I heard someone call my name. There were people up ahead yelling at me. By the time I realized they were my IC buds, I was about past them. Their cheers were enough to get me through that next part until my son saw me and ran with me to the finish line.

Now that I see how long this report ended up, I hope reading it wasn’t as bad as The Double either.

Things Done Right:
Dressed right for a change. Fueled and hydrated right. Ran an even effort. Ran the %!@$ Double in training.

Things Done Wrong:
I wore the wrong shoes for this type of course, but not a big deal.

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Collegiate Peaks 50 Mile Run — Buena Vista, CO — 05/02/09

Anita Bower reports:
Distance: 50 miles
Goal: finish
Results: 11:17;45
Website: http://www.collegiatepeaks.org

General Summary:
Each year it seems this race gets hillier and more beautiful. I knew I wasn’t going to set any records after running a 100km less than two weeks ago, ironically faster than this 50. My main purpose was to mentally and physically push myself when I was tired from running, traveling , work, etc, even if it meant chasing cutoffs.

Things Done Right:
Went right back out after completing the first 25 miles when I didn’t want to. I figured there will be many times when i run across the USA next year that I will want to stop, but will need to go on no matter what my mood or level of fatigue, so I did. With just minutes ahead of the turnaround cut-off, i sucked it up, and went back out. Those hills seemed to grow more on the last 25, especially when the wind picked up. I also brought ALL my winter gear, given the weather forecast, and did not wash my car, so it wouldn’t rain. All those who ran the 25 or 50 can thank me for not washing my car and overdressing, as it just sprinkled a few minutes on the second loop, after which the clouds gave way to the beautiful Collegiate Peaks.

Things Done Wrong:
Living at 5500 feet makes it hard to run at 9000 feet or higher. I had to walk most of the uphills, but actually found myself running the downhills. The altitude just hammered me.

Any Other Stuff:
Lots of blue birds everywhere.

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Colorado Marathon — Ft. Collins — 05/03/2009

Lori Hawkins reports:
Distance: 26.2 mi
Goal: 4:30
Results: 5:04
Website: http://www.thecoloradomarathon.com

General Summary:
Point-to-point road race down the Poudre River Canyon (first 16 miles). Also 1/2 marathon, 10k & 5k. Slight downhill through the canyon adds speed, river beside the road adds beauty, esp. with the early 6:00am start. Water and Heed drink at every aid station, sometimes gels. Great video on website.

Things Done Right:
Aimed to have fun, and did until the last 3 miles that I ended up walking. Ran with Elvis for awhile, what a blast. Ate right the morning of, walked and hydrated at each stop. Patched some blisters as they appeared, before they got bad. Wore tried and true clothes, not too much, not too little.

Things Done Wrong:
Not enough training, esp. on roads--too many other things going on in life, and I knew that going into it. Went out too fast--planned for 10 or 10:30min/miles, first 5 were at 9:15. Whew! I’ll save those times for a 10k.

Any Other Stuff:
Only other road marathon was twenty-sumthin’ yrs ago, when I was 22. Curious to how I would do--now I know. This distance is a whole ‘nother ball game! Think I’ll stick to long trails, and 1/2 marathon roads.

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Colorado Marathon — Fort Collins — 05/03/2009

Steve Bremner reports:
Distance: 26.2 miles
Goal: 3ish
Results: 2:57:54
Website: http://ftcollinsmarathon.com

General Summary:
The course drops steadily over 18 miles as it winds down the scenic Poudre Canyon. I settled in to a good pace with the first mile in 6:20. The second mile was also the same, so I decided to just roll with this pace though it was quicker than I normally run now at my advanced age (54). A lead pack of about ten runners moved ahead and I found myself mostly isolated the entire race, moving up and passing some runners while getting passed by a couple here and there. When the downhill ended around 18 miles I talked myself into maintaining a “metronome” pace, steady and strong until mile 23 when I would allow myself to reassess. Though the miles got longer and painful after 23 I maintained a steady clip when I realized I had a good shot at an “over 50 PR.”

Things Done Right:
Fastest marathon since 2005 (five seconds faster than my Juneau Marathon of last year).

Things Done Wrong:
Not much, except didn’t tape up one of my toes that wound up bloody and rubbed raw.

Any Other Stuff:
Marathoners are bused early in the morning to the starting line high up Poudre Canyon. The race drops 1800 feet of elevation over 18 miles as it winds down the canyon and concludes the last 8 miles on mostly flat terrain finishing in downtown Fort Collins.

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IC BIRTHDAYS: 5/6/2009 — 5/12/2009
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Beverly Weaver:
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Jon Parker:
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Ken Holmes:
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Lee Moss:
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Martin McCloud:
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Michael Hayden:
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Molly McDaniel:
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Nathan Chan:
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Ramon Macias:
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Scott Farrell:
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Steve Payne:
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Steve Sargeant:
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Wendy Kimmel:
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NEW IC MEMBERS: 4/29/2009 — 5/5/2009
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Edward Clark:
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Greg MacCheyne:
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Javier Robles:
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Phil Peabody:
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Stacey Chamberlain:
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UPDATED ABOUT ME PAGES: 4/29/2009 — 5/5/2009
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Alex DeCamp:
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Bill Walsh:
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David Scalfri:
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Harold Hays:
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Katy Delker:
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Shawn Aker:
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