7.9 miles with 1300ft of climbing.
Fastest net times:
Tim Waggoner 51:56 (6:34 pace)
John Tribbia 52:56
Andy Ames 54:28
The race started in handicapped waves based on age. Andy started 3:00 ahead of me and finished about 30" ahead and crossed the line first. John Tribbia started 2:00 behind me and finished 3:00 behind and had me running scared, the dude is bad ass.
I felt awesome before the race warming up but never really felt good during the race except for the descents. The climbs felt heavy, but John said he put a solid effort in to catching me on the initial 3 mile climb, so maybe I was climbing better than I thought.
And for GZ. My pre-pre-pre race meal was dinner last night of corn on the cob and chicken. My pre-pre race nutrition was coffee. My pre race nutrition was water and a handful of trail dirt to see how the trail conditions were. You can tell a lot about a trail by how it tastes. For instance, the spot that I was on had a herd of migrating elk pass in 1924. There were 121 females, 38 males, and 47 (maybe 48) calves. The winter of 1941 there was a drought. In 1972 a family of 6 (mother, father, 2 boys and 2 girls had a picnic on that same spot and they had barbecue pork, potato chips (Lays), Coke in a bottle and angel food cake afterward. They also had a dog. A lab. He was white.
And Beth and James Walsh rocked the crap out of Ironman Texas today! Wow. Beth was 11th over-all and top amateur. James was top 20 over-all. Their kid is going to have some genes to work with.
And a great quote from Dave who just beat (by 7 seconds) a 4:06 miler in a road mile. Dave also happens to be the greatest race report writer of all time.
"Breaking the tape with a 7-second win, the time and result became irrelevant. I guess I started the race scared. A neutered fear. Anger confronted that fear, and that is what I will remember about Friday evening. So at some point I'd like to try to get around 4 minutes. At some point I'd like to push my limits. But Friday evening had more significant implications than money or time. From now on, when I line up beside the best...I won't be scared."