|Portion of Team Malone Coaching racing at FoF.|
T1 1m 02s
GR= gender rank AG= age group
We left Greenville around 1pm on Saturday to make the trip down to Greenwood. We picked up our package first at the Lake Greenwood State Park (also the event site) and then got the
After we completed our run, we headed to our hotel, checked in, grabbed showers, almost got sucked into watching Lord of the Rings, but eventually were able to switch off the TV to find some pre race pizza. Thanks to urbanspoon and yelp, we ended up at The Mill House and had some really yummie food.
The rest of the night was very very lazy and relaxed, lights out by 9.30pm.
Wake-up call at 5am. Had breakfast (3 slices of toast, almond butter and a banana), got dressed, packed up the car and on the road again back to the state park.
Arrived with plenty of time to get transition ready and chit chat with our team mates. Heading over to the swim start for the pre race instructions. They played the national anthem and a minute later the open division was off.
The purple capes (all women age groupers, athenas and relay) were sent off 8 minutes later... Did I mentioned that it drizzled??
I had high hopes for this run... I wanted to break 55 minutes for a 10K and based on what I have been doing on the track lately, I thought this should have been obtainable. So seeing a run split of over 56 minutes was dissapointing.
Nevertheless, I felt like I worked hard the whole time. Once again, I ran by feel and didn't have my Garmin with me and based on feel, I certainly thought I was going faster.
The run is an out and back from transition, out to the highway, then you turn off into the State Park at another entrance before turning around. Overall the course has a couple of good rollers and for at least half of it no shade whatsoever (which wasn't a problem on Sunday). The finish is on top of a very steep very short hill and sucks.
During the run, I took water at each aid station (they had 3, one at the turnaround and two that you passed each on the way out and back, they also handed out gels at the first/last one) and walked for a couple of steps when drinking the water before taking off again.
I started feeling tired around mile five, but then I got passed by a guy in Vibrams and he said something about going with him, so I just tried to stay with him. On one of the last turns, most of my team members that were already done cheered in the runners. I was very happy about the encouragement and it helped me to suck it up on the last couple of hundred yards. I ended up sprinting the hill to the finish, because I thought that somebody in AG was right behind me, which there was nobody and that little sprint just resulted in me almost tossing my cookies.
Once my stomach settled down, I joined the team at their cheering position and we checked in on each other's races. Everyone seemed to have had a great day and while racing in the rain is not really ideal, the cooler temps resulted in a ton of people PR'ing on the course.
After grabbing some cokes and chips and the rain stopping (go figure), we headed over to transition to get our stuff and back to the finish just in time for the awards.
While I hoped that I placed in my age group, after a quick glance at the overall results it looked like I came in 4th (again). Because of that, I was extra surprised, when I got called up as 3rd.
Turns out, that one of the girls ahead wasn't racing age group which took her out of the age group ranking and I moved up a spot. Nevertheless, the official results on the event website show me in 4th. Either way, I think I had a good race!
After shooting a quick team picture, we then headed back to Greenville... Not without stopping at a Mexican place to stuff our face. The rest of the Sunday was spent relaxing with the hubs, washing clothes and drying shoes and bags etc.