OK, this race is in my record book. I had a really good time at Curt's race and it was just what I expected. To start with I got a reall good nights sleep, got up at 3:45 am and went through my usual ritual before a race. I packed all my stuff in a nap sack last night and got out the door at 4:am. It's a half hour drive to where I picked up my bib and got on the bus...
After getting off the bus I went to my gear bag to get my garmin out and functioning.....only to find that I had left it at home. Not to get excited or worried I decided right then and there to run this race by the way I was feeling at the moment sans the garmin.
As usual for a Crazy Curt race it was totally off the cuff and unorganized. After warming up I strolled down the canyon road a little ways to where the starting line usually is, there wasn't one. I did see some bunched up crime scene tape off to the side of the road and I figured it was Curts starting line.
Curt drove is aging multi passenger van just past the starting line and got out and gave us all a story about the oldest philosopher, I didn't get it, I myst have missed something in the translation. Anyway, he got back in his van and yelled out the windo to wait till 7:am and then start running....I love the way this guy operates? So the race was on, the smallest pack of runners I've seen in the past 17 times I've run this race. I'm guessing there were 200 runners.
So I just headed down the road looking for guys that were my age and older and passed them as quickly as I could. By the time I got to the up hill portion of the course at about mile 7 I calculated that I was in about 24 position overall in the race and I couldn't see any old guys ahead of me as we all ran the hair pin turn at the top of the hill. I was running about 8 minute miles and holding them pretty steady, all the while trying to go a little faster on the down hill and holding pace on the up hill portions.
As I progressed down the course I was out to about mile 12 before 4 runners managed to get passed me. I informed the three women as they passed me that they better keep a steady pace or I (the old guy) would be passing them before the finish line. That was all it took, they picked up their pace and left me like I was having nap right there in the middle of the trail. See if I do that again!!
I then made my way around the last turn and over the bridge and into the home stretch over the finish line. As I passed the finish line I observed the race clock indicate I had finished at about 1:47:00 or there abouts close. This was all fine and good but I actually carried my phone with me and had set my timer when I started. There seems to be about a 10 minute difference between my time and Curt's. Oh well I'm done and I had a great time running without my garmin and I defended my first place Age Division win for the third time in a row..........Yahoooooo.
26th place Open, 9th place in Masters, 1st place Age Division (60-64)
22 days till the Mt. Nebo Marathon......
"If you quit moving, they will shovel dirt in your face." --LM Hansen