I was considering not reporting this race to this newsgroup since it was only a
minor race that was decided on a whim several days ago. But there was one part
that was, well downright eerie...
Several days ago, I decided to do this race because one of the people from my
club was the RD for this race. Since this weekend was open, I decided, why not?
It fit my training schedule pretty well.
The temperature was a cool 45F and a cloudy day, with a mild breeze. The course
was a small loop though the town of Denville, NJ. I quickly get my number, and
warmed up for 2 miles before toeing the line.
About 10 minutes before the start of the race, I hear the sound of bagpipes all
of a sudden, playing a very familiar song...I think all of you IMC veterans
know about this...the feelings just ran over me like a freight train.
The gun went off, and as I started running, the 2 guys with kilts started
playing again. I immediately turned my attention toward the run. My strategy
was to go all out and hang on at the end. My first mile was about a 5:39. I
started to slow a little getting to the halfway point. The slight hills that
were on this course were getting to me a little. My second mile...5:50. The
last mile was a real struggle. All I wanted to do was finish. My third mile -
6:01. As I stretched on toward the finish, what do I hear again...those
bagpipes...playing that same song! With a little extra to go I came in with a
total time of 18:09. Not a bad time, but I was reminded why I hated these short
races. I never got comfortable with my stride during this race. Give me a
longer distance race so I can get comfortable, not these 5k's.
Anyway, with another thread saying what, 21 weeks to IMC? And those bagpipes,
could it be an omen? I will need to analyze this the next couple of days.
Any psychics around? I need an interpretation... ;-)
"Iron Pete" Priolo +--------+
IMC'96: 10:36:37 | Fe | '98 IMC, GCT, BSLT
IMC'97: 10:42:53 | |
"THE BEST ELEMENT OF RACING"