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2009 Incline Club V13 TH #21 — End of Season Party

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Incline Club V13 TH #21 — End of Season Party

Sent: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 9:03 PM
Subject: Incline Club News V13 : End of Season Party!

Good Evening Incline Club!

First off, I’d like to thank Ron Ilgen, the PPA/M Race Committee and everybody else who has worked behind the scenes for the past year to bring us this years Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon. Given the complexity and logistics involved, I’m always amazed at just how well run the entire event is. Everything was perfect, even the weather. I’d also like to thank all of the volunteers, many of whom put in 12+ hour days. The race would simply not exist if it was not for you.

And to the 113 IC’ers who’s names I spotted on the finishers list, congratulations. You have all completed one of the hardest races in the country and no matter what your finishing time, that is an accomplishment you can be proud of.

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NEXT RUN: Party! (Thursday)
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Thursday, August 20, 5:45pm — Mansions Park
End of season Incline Club party

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This Weeks Quote:
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Thank God, it’s over.
-- Neil Cusack, 1974 Boston marathon winner

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The 13th Annual Incline Club Party:
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Its the moment we have all been waiting for, the end of Season IC party!!! Its the time of year where we get to see everybody in something other than running shorts and tech T’s. Its like a feedbag, but you don't have to run first. And the food is better :-).

Here are the details:

What:
13th annual Incline Club party

When:
Thursday, August 20, 5:45pm — Mansions Park, behind Manitou City Hall and next to Memorial park where we normally meet for our runs.

Why:
* Club awards to those who made 45 or more workouts.
* Food & Drink — enough to make you need to go for a run!
* Perhaps a food challenge or game or 2, or 3
* Hanging out and telling stories of the past year.
* Matt is seeking input for the driven award(s) for the year — send feedback to Matt via his IC Profile: http://www.inclineclub.com/mail.asp?name=Matt%20Carpenter&fp=am

What to bring:
* A few bucks for Pizza — should be only about $3-$4.
* A few bucks for the Barr Camp Water Filters — The replacement filters are $45 ea and we blow through 3 per year.
* If your *last* name is in the A-H range bring dessert (ice cream, brownies, cookies, etc)
* If your *last* name is in the I-P range bring something to drink; soft drinks, juices, etc. (no beer allowed in park — sorry).
* If your *last* name is in the Q-Z range bring something to snack on; chips, pretzels, etc.
* You may also want to bring a chair to sit on.

Who:
Family (kids too), significant others and friends are all welcome (no pets please). As always, don’t feel you can’t come just because you did not make a club run or only made a few. If you are getting this e-mail you are an ICer.

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Running Partner Wanted
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I have a request from a new IC member who is looking for a female training buddy for her long runs (15-20+miles) on some of the trails on the west side of town. Early weekend mornings and week day evenings would be best. If you are interested, let me know and I’ll pass your name and/or contact information on to her.

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Paul Sullivans Post PPM/Leadville Party:
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Sullivans’ Annual post-PPM/Leadville Party on Saturday, September 12,
4:30-9:00 p.m. Beer/Soda and Angela’s special Sangria provided. Pls.
bring your own grillable item and a small side dish to share. Kids are
absolutely welcome — big ‘ol yard with playground.

What: Sullivans’ Party
When: Sep 12 2009 (Saturday), 4:30-9:00 pm
Directions: to the “Common House” located at Casa Verde Commons: 1355
Lindenwood Grove, CS 80907(near Dog Tooth Coffee)

Located in the Patty Jewett neighborhood 1 mile northeast of downtown
in a block bordered by the streets Corona, Columbia, Royer and San
Miguel.

Take Unitah Street eastbound from I-25 (EXIT 143) approx 1 mile. Turn
left (North) on Corona St. Go two blocks north. Turn right (East) on
Columbia St. at Dog Tooth Coffee. Drive 1/2 block east. The newish
housing development is on your right. Please park on the street. We will
be in the large green building (“Common House”) located in the middle of
the development. Tel. 473-3005 if lost.

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Sunday/Thursday *’s and Race Reports:
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In order to prep for this weeks IC Awards, please submit all outstanding race reports and requests for Sunday/Thursday stars by this Thursday at noon.

Also, please try and have your PPA/PPM Race report in as soon as possible so I can get them sent out.

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Weekend Weather Report:
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Thursday Evening: Mid to low 70’s with a 4% chance of ‘stuff’. It should be a good night for the IC party.

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The Off Season:
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Just remember, you’ve worked hard all season, it’s time to take a break. Sometime between now and the official start of the 2009-2010 Incline Club Season, be sure to take some time off and renew your mind and body before starting up again! But since some of you are always looking for a race....

American Discovery Trail Marathon & Half Marathon: http://www.adtmarathon.com/
PPRR Pony Express: http://pprrun.org/
PPRR Fall Series: http://www.pprrun.org/

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Race Reports
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This week we have a few blasts from the past as folks dusted off those SRTR and BTMR race reports. Then we have the initial load of PPA and PPM reports (I expect to see a lot more... hint, hint...):

Summer Round Up — Colorado Springs — 07/05/2009
(2) Barr Trail Mountain Race — Manitou Springs — 07/12/2009
(7) Pikes Peak Ascent — Pikes Peak — 8/15/2009
(6) Pikes Peak Marathon — Pikes Peak — 8/16/2009
PPA/PPM Double — Pikes Peak — 08/15-16/2009

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Summer Round Up — Colorado Springs — 07/05/2009

Thomas McKernan reports:
Distance: 12 K
Goal: Under 1:30
Results: 1:30:05

General Summary:
Just wanted to do a tuneup for the Barr Trail Mountain Race the following weekend.

Things Done Right:
Nice easy pace, no injuries.

Things Done Wrong:
Not running 5 seconds faster.

Any Other Stuff:
Need the race credit for the Incline Club!

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Barr Trail Mountain Race — Manitou Springs — 07/12/2009

Thomas J McKernan reports:
Distance: 12.5 miles
Goal: 3:25
Results: 3:20:54
Website: http://www.runpikespeak.com

General Summary:
Finally joined my fellow IC’ers to run this race. Well run!

Things Done Right:
Trained well. I came closed to my predicted time.

Things Done Wrong:
Sprinting up Hydra Street to the finish line with no one on my tail. Didn’t realize I had so little left in my tank since it took me 20 mins to recover from those 50 uphill yards! It was NOT just another Incline Club Thursday evening Hydra Street repeat!

Any Other Stuff:
It was bound to happen...first race I ever finished last in my age group!

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Barr Trail Mountain Race — Manitou Springs — 07/12/2009

Matt Hopper reports:
Distance: 12.5
Goal: Improve from last year's 2:39:19, try for sub 2:30
Results: 2:35:54
Website: http://www.runpikespeak.com

General Summary:
Ran a good race, felt great. Stopped to help two fallen runners — 1 from out of state, one fellow I.C.er, so didn’t make my sub 2:30 goal, but still beat last years time. I’m happy with results.

Things Done Right:
Just about everything, other than hydration (see below).

Things Done Wrong:
Didn’t hydrate enough. Started cramping on way down at No Name. Other then that, it was all good...

Any Other Stuff:
Fantastic race!

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Pikes Peak Ascent — Pikes Peak — 8/15/2009

Randy Lindsey reports:
Distance: 13.1 miles
Goal: Under 3:45
Results: 3:44:59 (!)
Website: http://www.pikespeakmarathon.org

General Summary:
Serious hypoxia issues this year, for some reason. Perhaps taking a week to bicycle across Iowa two weeks before the race had some impact. Or perhaps my pre-race hydration wasn’t good enough.

Kept a steady pace more than usual, which this year meant pretty much just walking above Barr Camp.

Things Done Right:
Started 3/4 of the way back in the pack to hold down my early pace.

Carried an empty water bottle which I filled at aid stations, so I could drink a lot more, more slowly, than I could if I just grabbed cups of fluid. I think this worked really well. I sipped almost all the way to the next aid station.

Did not fall off the mountain when things got seriously hypoxic in the top mile, although I had to grab a lot of rocks on the 16 Golden Stairs and even stopped a couple of times.

Ran lots of hills in training, but mostly below 10,000’

Cross-trained by riding my bike to work (and more significantly riding home 1,000 ft. elevation gain from downtown).

Things Done Wrong:
Ran my usual early pace, hence passing a lot of people on Mt. Manitou. Hit Noname at exactly the same time as last year. I guess muscle memory is a powerful thing.

Brought wrong body to the race. Should have brought my high-altitude self.

Next year I may return to high altitude training the last couple of weeks before the race and see if that helps.

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Pikes Peak Ascent — Pikes Peak — 8/15/2009

Daniel Cockrell reports:
Distance: 13.3 Miles
Goal: Sub 3:30:00
Results: 3:33:07

General Summary:
The pinnacle of my 2009 season. Fantastic run through scenic trails and forests. You all know the route and the quality of the organization. Pretty much went as expected. Slept OK, Ate OK, Prepped OK prior to the race. Ran very very well until the quads decided that enough was enough and then I had to will them into finishing, but still went pretty well for 5 months of training after 15 years of not running.

Things Done Right:
Found the Incline Club!!! Trained as well as I could with zero base for the last 15 years. Lost 35 pounds, gained form/endurance and stamina. Ate well, hydrated well, ate the right amount of gels, ran with the Moeben sleeves, gloves, and a light weight shell jacket that all were needed at some point in the ascent. Not too much, Not too little.

Things Done Wrong:
Forgot to run for the last 15 years. Legs were simply not used to running hard uphill for that long. Didn’t train on the whole course from bottom to top for fear of burning out my first season back. I lasted until the 2 mile sign before the quads started cramping, but not too bad overall. Maybe went too hard on the bottom. Set PRs at every check point until A-frame from various runs this training season. Awesome!

Comments on Calculator:
Awesome. Had I not had cramps in the quads, the 3:20:00 pace I was shooting for had me pegged on the button for all times until A-frame when the quads gave out.

Any Other Stuff:
Felt great, HR was great, but legs wouldn’t have anymore of the uphill. Great re-start to my running that sets me up well for a goal of Sub 3:10:00 for next year!! Awesome course, Incline club could not have been a better group of people. You guys/gals were awesome from the first workout I made it to in March. Thanks and I’ll be back for more next year if the AF lets me stick around.

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Pikes Peak Ascent — Pikes Peak — 8/15/2009

Michael Hagen reports:
Distance: 13.34
Goal: 2:42
Results: 2:40

General Summary:
It went better than expected considering the status of my recovery from rib injury. My endurance base is fairly well reestablished, but I hadn’t done any speedwork (besides a couple of races) or spent any time on the mountain (besides Barr Trail Race) before the Ascent. It goes to show the primacy of a good endurance base above all else.

Things Done Right:
Held back slightly (I think) on the Ws.

Things Done Wrong:
Perhaps should have eaten a bit more above Barr Camp.

Comments on Calculator:
Despite holding back on the Ws, I was slightly ahead of pace through Barr Camp, and then fell off a few minutes above treeline. 7 years in a row! One of these years I will spend several days at the top and see if I can hold the pace above Barr Camp.

Any Other Stuff:
Megan Kimmel (Women’s winner) and I traded places several times on the ascent. Then she blew by me in the final half mile. Impressive finish!

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Pikes Peak Ascent — Pikes Peak — 8/15/2009

John Garner reports:
Distance: 13.32
Goal: 3:30, 3:45, 3:57:34
Results: 3:34:56

General Summary:
The course is simple: From the start, look up to the top of the big rock that overlooks the town. Thats the finish line. When the gun goes off, sprint to the trail in an attempt to get in front of everybody. Then start the uphill grind till you can no longer go any higher. If you make it to the top, fame and fortune await you.

Overall, it was about as good as it is going to get. The weather was perfect, the legs kept moving and I destroyed last year's time by over 22 minutes. There were a few lessons learned, but the total impact was probably less than 5 minutes total. Unlike years past, this years lessons did not come with a high price tag.

Things Done Right:
1) Since the start of the IC season I managed to log 1,605 miles with 261,000ft of elevation gain spread over 290 hours of running. Compared to last year I managed to add in 200+ extra miles, 45,000ft and 30 hours of training.

2) Ditched everything and went light. The outfit was a long sleeve shirt (IC of course) and shorts. I rolled the sleeves up for the start and kept it that way until it started to get a bit chilly above barr camp. A quick unrolling of the sleeves took care of the chill until I stopped at the top and then proceeded to put on the pants, jacket, knit hat, finishers jacket, fresh shirt, shoes and anything else I could find to stay warm.

3) Swapped the camelback for a hand bottle. When I started I had Gatorade endurance in the bottle and a small baggie with enough powder for a refill. When I got to Barr Camp I dumped in the extra powder, had them fill the bottle and away I went with no more than a second or so lost. This allowed me to avoid most of the aid stations except for a small sip of water at noname, bobs road and a-frame. It also made it a lot easier to monitor my water consumption. By bringing my own pre-measured mix, I knew exactly what I was drinking and how strong it would be, thus avoiding the ‘07 puke fest.

4) Stashed a clif bar in my sweat check bag. The food at the top is often lacking in caloric density, and this helped keep me up there to watch the a lot of other folks finish. It would be nice if they could use the cog to get about 400 pizzas up there so we can enjoy the finish like we do the GoG and BTMR :-)

5) Even effort and good altitude prep work. Other than the fuel and A-Frame pacing issues outlined below, my over/under for any given split never really got out of hand.

6) Managed to get a good night's sleep and paid close attention to what I was eating the two days before the race.

Things Done Wrong:
There were a few minor things that came to mind:

1) I started too far back in the pack. It took me 12 seconds to get over the start line. I then spent the next 3:34:44 passing folks.

2) Fuel. For most of us, this race is too long to run on Gatorade alone. The original plan was to run on Gatorade till just before A-Frame and then pop a single clif shot for a last push to the top. Soon after the 7.5 sign I could feel that I was starting to wear down. A bit after Barr Camp I took the shot. I should have taken it soon after noname creek instead and followed it up by another one just before A-Frame. The shot had the desired impact in that kept me from slowing down more. I could never get my heart rate back up to where it was for the first half of the race. The good news is that it didn’t keep dropping like it did in years past when I always went out way too fast.

3) Barr Camp to A-Frame. This section is a lot more technical and the crowds drove me nuts here more than in any other spot. The over/under (see calculator section) for this area was a staggering 4 minutes in the wrong direction. I would often want to run the flatter sections, but there were usually 3 or 4 folks smack dab in the middle of the optimal line with a risky path around them. I was forced to walk more than I wanted to. There were spots where my HR went way down as I was forced to slow up. Once the trail opened up again I was able to accelerate and get the HR back up.

Comments on Calculator:
Here are the splits, the predicted time based on those splits, my average HR during that split, what the split should have been for a 3:35:00 finishing time, over/under for that time and then the same thing for my 3:30:00 target. (Hopefully this chart lines up nicely)

Section Split Split HR 3:35 Delta 3:30 Delta
Prediction Avg Ideal Ideal
Ruxton 03:48 02:52:44 150 04:44 -00:56 04:37 -00:49
Hydro 07:48 03:10:15 165 08:49 -01:01 08:37 -00:49
W’s 29:04 03:30:38 165 29:40 -00:36 28:59 00:05
NoName 19:16 03:29:25 164 19:47 -00:31 19:19 -00:03
7.5 Sign 20:54 03:20:58 161 22:22 -01:28 21:50 -00:56
Barr Camp 23:53 03:35:10 159 23:52 00:01 23:19 00:34
BP Sign 16:42 03:45:41 156 15:55 00:47 15:32 01:10
A-Frame 30:12 03:52:18 154 27:57 02:15 27:18 02:54
2 to Go 21:52 03:38:40 156 21:30 00:22 21:00 00:52
1 to go 18:30 03:37:39 155 18:17 00:13 17:51 00:39
Finish 22:50 03:41:41 153 22:09 00:41 21:38 01:12

For starters, we can all ignore the Ruxton split because it is the time when everybody goes out fast in an effort to try and get in front of everybody else. But everybody knows that so they go out faster...

My original dream time was a 3:30. I figured I didn’t train this long to not go for it so I did.

I was more or less right on with the W’s and noname splits. I took advantage of the downhills and flatter section between noname and the 7.5 sign but my HR was starting to drop in this section.

It was in the next area that the energy levels started to waver. A gu packet took care of that but from an overall effort perspective I could never get back to where I was and the HR Average shows. As outlined above, it was the Barr Camp to A-Frame section where the most damage occurred.

The last mile was another traditional section of “hurry up and wait” but generally not nearly as bad as I feared. The real issue here was that my hamstring and calf were threatening to seize up. I could feel that they were just about gone and that I didn’t have much more time left. So I played it conservatively on some of the passing for fear that I would deplete what I had left and end up on the side of the trail screaming in pain. Oddly enough once the 16 golden stairs hit my quads were fresh and took most of the pressure off of the hamstrings. That helped a good bit and I could once again try and catch Yvonne but by then she had built over a 2 minute lead on me and it was game over :-)

Next years goal is simple: I want those deltas to go negative for the 2nd half.

Any Other Stuff:
* I walked almost exactly 75% of the course. Basically in addition to the usual flats and downhills, I only ran to hydro and then a few short spots in the W’s. The crowding along most of the course was such that I could walk as fast as the guy in front of me was running so I picked the path of least energy expense.

* I got beat by a guy in a hot dog outfit. :-(

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Pikes Peak Ascent — Pikes Peak — 8/15/2009

Michael Everson reports:
Distance: 13+
Goal: PR
Results: PR
Website: http://www.pikespeakmarathon.org

General Summary:
This was a nice day to run. Temps were good and not much wind.

Things Done Right:

Ran with IC. Ran with Baxters when not running with IC. Paced myself well throughout the race both heart rate and overall pacing. Didn’t eat Cap’n Crunch on race morning :-)

Things Done Wrong:
Probably not enough salt at the top. Got some cramps but ran through them. Fred thinks they were menstrual ;-(, but I’ll check with Chaz to verify.

Comments on Calculator:
I used the calculator and was on pace through Barr Camp to break 3:30. I wanted 3:28:12. Here are the Splits:
Ruxton: 3:23, Hydro: 7:35, Ws: 27:47, No Name: 19:10, 7.8 sign: 21:05, Barr: 24:11, Btm Pit: 16:33, A-Frame: 30:09, 2 2 go: 20:22, 1 2 go 17:57, Top 22:17, Total: 3:30:32 on my watch. Official time: 3:30:17.

Pace calculator: , 4:38, 8:37, 29:01, 19:21, 21:52, 23:20, 15:34, 27:20, 21:02, 17:52, 21:40
I think it went well. A little slow in the middle, but not bad at the top or at the beginning.

Any Other Stuff:
I had hoped to break 3:30 mark. Missed it by 18 seconds, but I still had another race to run. The race report for that one will be funnier than this one.

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Pikes Peak Ascent — Pikes Peak — 8/15/2009

Fred R Wright reports:
Distance: 13.3 m
Goal: Predicted 4:00 ; hoped for sub 4:15
Results: 4.23:25

General Summary:
Has there ever been nicer weather for the PPA & PPM ?Felt good almost whole way, so puzzled why splits were coming up a minute or so slow ! I am forced to start slowly, so the trail was very crowded below the W’s, passing was difficult at times. Once above NN, and up to the summit, passed dozens of runners, and was seldom passed.
As always, awesome volunteers, great S & R support.

Things Done Right:
Tapered well; depletion/loading diet went well.

Things Done Wrong:
Need to work on a faster start.

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Pikes Peak Ascent — Pikes Peak — 8/15/2009

James Armenta reports:
Distance: 13.2 miles
Goal: 3:40 minutes
Results: 3:32:48

General Summary:
This was my first PPA.

Things Done Right:
Trained with the Incline Club.

Things Done Wrong:
I was pleased with the way I raced.

Comments on Calculator:
I used the calculator and it worked.

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Pikes Peak Marathon — Pikes Peak — 08/16/09

Louise reports:
Distance: 26.2
Goal: Under 6 hrs
Results: 6.29.01

General Summary:
The weather was absolutely perfect.

Things Done Right:
I was eating the energy gummies the whole way. Taking salt tablets. It was my fastest up this year to A-Frame.

Things Done Wrong:
Going to slow on the downhill and uphill after A-Frame to mile 2 after that it was better. Took a big fall on the “W’s.” Miss a lot of training because of an injury. Need to lose some weight;)

Comments on Calculator:
Works great.

Any Other Stuff:
Men who don’t like to be “chicked” Need to get that shirt at the running company that say you just got chicked.:)

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Pikes Peak Marathon — Pikes Peak — 08/16/09

Thomas J McKernan reports:
Distance: 26.32
Goal: 8:45
Results: 8:38

General Summary:
Set new PRs for both the up, down and the total. Knocked 6 mins off on the ascent, 9 mins off the descent and 15 mins for the round trip.

Things Done Right:
Trained for the downhill a bit more this year. Even so, I didn’t think I could break the 3 hr mark for the descent which I did by a minute.

Things Done Wrong:
Not enough runs at altitude. Not enough mileage during the week. I had a good pace up to Barr Camp and then I slowed to a crawl. I still haven’t broken the code to maintain my pace for the upper half of the mountain.

Comments on Calculator:
Not accurate for me. I lose nearly an hour above Barr Camp.

Any Other Stuff:
Best weather in years!

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Pikes Peak Marathon — Pikes Peak — 08/16/2009

Michael Everson reports:
Distance: 26+M
Goal: RUN LIKE I STOLE SOMETHING
Results: FELT LIKE I THOUGHT I WOULD
Website: http://www.pikespeakmarathon.org

General Summary:
Wow! A lot of doublers from IC. Fred Baxter would have called me a really bad name if I didn’t show up, so I did. At the end of the race, he called me a bad ass!!

Things Done Right:
Ran with IC all year. The runs I missed, I made up for wherever in the world I was. Ran with Baxters when not running with IC. Paced myself well throughout the race both heart rate and overall pacing.
Ran with Roger Austin on the way down. Got a 90 minute massage after the Ascent (God that was nice!!!).

Things Done Wrong:
Fell, didn’t run much at the top, didn’t sleep enough the night before the race. I think I could have run faster to the top.

Comments on Calculator:
Goal: 6:02:12

Actual:
Ruxton: missed, Hydro: 11:45, Ws: 29:57, No Name: 19:44, 7.8 sign: 21:14, Barr: 26:22, Btm Pit: 17:01, A-Frame: 33:22, 2 2 go: 22:34, 1 2 go 20:41, Top 26:49, Total: 3:49:10 estimated
Down: 2:36:55, Total: 6:26:05
Doubling really messed this up!!

Any Other Stuff:
At the beginning, I RAN LIKE I STOLE SOMETHING! I was on pace to break my ascent time from yesterday by the time I got to top of Ws. Then it got difficult. I discovered that when you run like you stole something, you probably will get tazed, or hit with a billy club in the legs, or get shot. So when I arrived at the summit, I made a wardrobe change: I got rid of my jacket, changed my shirt, and grabbed some glove (so as not to leave finger prints in the dirt). The tazing began about a mile in to the descent. I’ve never actually been tazed, but I’m sure it feels like I felt at the top.
Then, just below Barr Camp, the billy club came out and I was knocked to the ground. I did a forward roll and landed on one big fricken rock!! Now my butt had a huge bruise on it, and I was 6+miles from the finish. So, when you run like you stole something, remember how badly people who stole something get treated (LIKE A BABY TREATS A DIAPER, if you know what I mean). At the end of the day, I got shot!! IVs, stuck in my arm, O2 shoved up my nose, and lots of warm blankets. The real pain came when the EMT took the tape off my arm from the IV. It ripped the hair off my arm (Ouch!). Now my ass is as purple as the mountain we so dearly love to run up. So, running like you stole something can really be an ass kicker in a literal sense.

On a serious note, I would not have run nearly as well had fellow ICer Roger Austin not run the whole descent with me. He kept me motivated all the way down. Thanks, Roger!!

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Pikes Peak Marathon — Pikes Peak — 08/16/2009

John ODonnell reports:
Distance: 26.2 miles
Goal: Under 7:00 hours
Results: 7:41
Website: http://www.pikespeakmarathon.org

General Summary:
Did the Double my 6th. This was the most relaxing of them all, no stress. Had the same pace to Barr Camp as for the Ascent. Did real well on the miles after Barr Camp.

Things Done Right:
Good carb load and plenty of fluids. Used gu’s and electrolytes. Had a good tapper. All the extra hill work outs and biking paid off.

Things Done Wrong:
After getting started should of picked up the pace on the miles below Barr Camp, felt good.

Comments on Calculator:
Yes.

Any Other Stuff:
Course in good shape and aid stations were great.

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Pikes Peak Marathon — Pikes Peak — 08/16/2009

Matt Hopper reports:
Distance: 26.2
Goal: Sub 6:00
Results: Complete Bonk, 7:46+
Website: http://www.pikespeakmarathon.org

General Summary:
Trained hard. Attended many I.C. workouts. Have set P.R.s in all races this year. Expected to do extremely well (for me), and take off at least 1.75 hrs from last years race (my first). Complete bonk. Ascent time was 50 minutes over last years (expected to take off as much as 30 minutes, as trail conditions were better, and I was in better shape). Downhill saw improvement, but not anywhere near the 2 hr mark I expected. Overall, 2 minutes slower than last year...Completely bummed... :-(

Things Done Right:
Apparently nothing...

Things Done Wrong:
Apparently everything...

Any Other Stuff:
Another fantastic race! Ron Ilgen and all the staff & volunteers do such a fantastic job. Thanks to everyone involved. I truly wish I could have had a better showing, for such a great race.

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Pikes Peak Marathon — Pikes Peak — 08/16/2009

Jennifer Stock reports:
Distance: 26.21
Goal: under 7 hours
Results: 6:52

General Summary:
The big one for which we’ve been training 9 months.

Things Done Right:
Ran down as fast as I could and managed to save my goal of breaking 7 hours.

Things Done Wrong:
I just cannot run up fast. It took me 4:35 to get to the turn around and the worst part was the 1:35 that it took me to get from A-frame to the top. I need to figure out how to ascend faster.

Any Other Stuff:
The organization was fantastic and volunteers very encouraging and attentive.

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PPA/PPM Double — Pikes Peak — 08/15-16/2009

Blaine Miller reports:
Distance: 13.1/26.2
Goal: Finish 2nd Double
Results: ~4:30/~6:20

General Summary:
Most of you folks know “the Double"; however, for those who do not, it is the Ascent on day one and the full marathon on day 2. It is a lot of running in a short time.

Things Done Right:
I paced myself well for the downhill portion of the marathon. I wanted a finish without injury, and aside from a few kicked rocks and some sore toes, all went well. There is something special in my mind about the race itself, and to be honest, this year was an affirmation of my own determination and “toughness.” I like Teddy Roosevelt’s Credo: “The credit belongs to the man who is in the arena, whose face is marred with blood and sweat and dirt...who knows the great sacrifices...” I also am reminded of Shakespeare in Henry V “For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother.” It was a great weekend to run.

Things Done Wrong:
The summer ended for me the week before, and fatigue hit me at about mile ten. I stopped (oops) and just had a long slog up that hill. I stopped lifting weights a little too early in my training cycle, and I felt the lack of strength in the legs. That won’t happen again, ever.

Any Other Stuff:
Keats wrote “a thing of beauty is a joy forever.” I like that line when I see the beauty of a smooth runner on the trail or when I look around me and I see the reason we should all do a little more of this thing called running.

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IC BIRTHDAYS: 8/18/2009 — 8/24/2009
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Courtney Schumann:
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NEW IC MEMBERS: 8/11/2009 — 8/17/2009
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