|After the race, Heather and I enjoying the valley view|
Neither Cal nor Matt were registered for the Performance series, so I knew going into the last race it was pretty likely I would win outright. Still, I had no plans to run slack. But neither was I sure it'd be a solid race. Strange thing about running is that the language used to describe your body, legs, mind, etc are in their infancy. Doesn't help either that the feelings you have before doing well seem eerily similar to ones before a lousy run. It can sometimes come down to voodoo and the like.
My goal for the race series had always been to run it under two hours. In other words 5k + 10k + 21.1k = 36.1 km of running, so to complete that in two hours means averaging 18 km/h. My cumulative time until Sunday morning was 47:22, well within reach, balanced by knowing too that a sub 73 minute half is never 'trivial'.
The winds were calm and the race went smooth, so despite running alone I finished in 1:09:06, an 8 second PB compared to my Calgary run in the spring. And all that before 9 am on a Sunday. A whole day left to explore Wolfville. Running a PB wasn't planned; it just happened. I didn't even look at my watch until 18k was done. Maybe it was the excellent pacing from the lead cyclist, or the my odd enjoyment of rolling back roads. My net time of 1:56 won me $500 and the time itself can be a marked point for next year's competitors. Perhaps someone like Matt McNeil will take a crack at it. If so, it's vulnerable. Very vulnerable.
|Victory wine, and framed print to boot|
What's left of the season is a big one, nationals cross country (in Kingston, ON). We will race as Halifast , comprising myself, Lee, Matt, and Matthias. The east coast rarely gets much notice on these competitions, so hoping to better the situation. We'll see what happens. I got bumped by Freake from top east coast half spot so let one final race be on! For now I will say this much about XC, that it makes road racing look easy. I credit a part of my accidental PB to all those hills. Not rolling roads, but real steep grassy hills, wet with mud and all. Real hills are tough.
*Before 2015, Timex had generously sponsored top provincial road athletes to compete at the Toronto Zoo run. I guess their analytics department didn't see the return on investment they had hoped for, but it was nice to have that kind of support for 9 years. Who knows what the Performance series could evolve into. I'm still in favour of a fall face-off with other eastern provinces. For now Nationals XC will do.