|1st and 3rd for J's Bikes/IHop Racing|
|Tom and John were 1st overall|
John is a very good runner, although he never gives himself enough credit. All the runners started at the exact time. There was a 5k race, 1k sprint and 10k following the same course starting at the same time. I forgot about the 1k sprint taking
frown over either especially with the punishment I had put my body through over the last 3 weeks. I hadn't been able to train because of a sore left foot so I had lost some of my fitness and hadn't allowed my body to recover with all the races I've done since the 100 mile ultra. I make a quick exchange to Christina and she is off on the bike looking strong and determined! I tell Tom when I come in he better be ready because John
was right behind me. No more than me saying that and there is John!! John finished his portion of the 10k in 44:44(7:13 pace) and a new PR for his 10k time. Only 1:04 behind me.
|Christina and I were 3rd overall|
Off for the final 5k. My legs were tight from the cold and the wait. I was about 5 minutes behind John and about 2 1/2 minutes behind the team in second. I was going to give it my all. First mile in was a 6:45 pace but I could tell from running so hard in the first 10k I wasn't going to be able to maintain that for long. 2nd mile was a 7:13 pace. I could tell I was too far behind John to catch him when I saw him on his way back from the turn around. He was looking strong, focused, and determined. I did see the team that was in second and I had made up some ground on them. I was focused on trying to catch them but I was running out of time. 3rd mile was a 7:06 pace finishing the 5k in 22:18 (7:12 pace). We finished in 3rd place overall finishing 48 seconds behind second and 4:38 behind first. John finished the 5k in 22:29(7:16 pace) just missing his 5k PR. Some incredible running by John! Great performances by all teams which lead to 1st and 3rd place overall for the J's Bikes/IHop Racing Teams.
Tom has been racing for 28 years and this was his first ever road race win! So glad to be there and be a part of this fantastic accomplishment for Tom. Great job to Tom and John. A well earned victory. Tom with his first ever road race win, John with a PR for his 10k. I had the most awesome partner. Christina smoked a 20 mph average on the bike. I was just happy to be a part and be able to share this awesome day, with awesome friends and be a part of such a great team. Doesn't get much better than that!
I am also happy to say that my foot seems to be fully recovered and have not experienced any pain in it for the last few days. Time to slowly start getting back to the training and up my mileage ever so slowly.