Race start was foggy and cold, -8C (18F) with a light wind producing a wind chill of -15 or so. It's hard to dress for that knowing it was supposed to warm up. Most people stayed inside till shortly before the race, but even so, my calves got a bit chilled waiting for the race start. I started easy, letting my legs warm up and find a nice pace. There was some really slippery bits underneath some of the bridges. After I settled in I picked up the pace a bit, and brought my heart rate up to mid 140's and kept it there till the turnaround. Along the way the sun came up and it warmed up a bit, but not much.
I hit turn around in good time, 1:07 if you must know, got a mostly ice drink, and picked up the pace a bit. I ran great till about the 15 K mark, where my left knee started acting up. It didn't want to straighten up as my leg went forward, and was very dubious about taking my weight. I started limping pretty badly, and slowed down again but I DIDN'T WALK! Not at all, not even the aid station. My legs sure wanted to walk, but I was determined to run the whole thing. The last 6 K was brutal.
In the end, my watch says I finished 2:16:30. This is about 7 minutes faster than last years Police Half. Official results may vary. Even with my knee, I'm very pleased. I'm looking forward to a swim and water run tomorrow.
Oh, and here's the official times:
107 1831 Keith CARTMELL Calgary AB 15/18 61/71 M5059 2:16:27.9 6:29
What part of "keep right" don't people understand? Grrr. At the start of the race there was the usual jockying for position, but after about 20 minutes I was past all the run walkers, and was mostly by myself. I passed a few people during the middle half of the race, and a couple of them passed me back while I was limping. I had to admire the gall of one old perv. He's just standing there watching everybody going by, and he's turning right around looking at the girls as they run past him. I was afraid to look over my shoulder to see if he was looking at my butt. I saw the race leader heading for home when I was running past the graceful pedestrian bridge near the Girl Scout's building. Just a young kid; I'm afraid to look up the winner's time.
Saturday had an easy 20 minute run.
Swim 3.25 hrs
Bike 2.25 hrs
Run 4.0 hrs (including the half)
Walk 1.0 hrs
Core 2.25 hrs