Now for the real blogification:
|Mt Bachelor before the race start|
I managed to keep them both in sight through the mile 8 aid station and they chatted most of the way. While I was thinking of all the good reasons I could tell Mike and Eric about why I'd dropped.
The trail was mostly down and I averaged around 10'-11'/mile pace on these sections. That would be the fastest pace of the day. I knew mile 8-13 were going to be tough uphill section for me, so I ran what was runnable and used a 145, 150 heart rate check for the rest of the hill. (If my heart rate was above 150 I walked, when it dropped to 145, I ran). This approach seemed to get me up the hill as good as any technique I've used before. Although I was seriously considering dropping at the next aid station, if I didn't start feeling better.
My quads had been feeling hammered since mile 8 and this would be my pace limiter as I rarely had my heart rate above 130 after mile 8 even though I was huffing and puffing like a horse when I was "speed" walking the uphill sections. I was also a bit surprised and thankful the elevation didn't give me headaches or make me sick.
Here's what I was thinking regarding the elevation:
Until then, rest up on your Birthday Mr Gimpy! Then let's go Gimpy, it'll be time to run!