Race #3 in April, this time back in Calgary. Rather than the exotic locales and formats of the other 2 (reports coming soon), Eyeball The Wall was either a 15k or a 30k around the Glenmore reservoir.
The 30k got started first, half an hour before the 15k. A clockwise loop of the reservoir, with the longer distance turning around to do the second lap anti-clockwise. Everyone would get to see everyone somehow, a well worked angle for a race many were using to prepare for the Calgary Marathon or half.
Just the one, dear
I had predicted a time of 1:07. Building back the mileage amid my ongoing recovery and gait work, I felt that perhaps on the first 2 flat sections (before the 5k point) I might manage 4:15 per km - 90 minute half marathon pace.
Otherwise, the sections of serious gradient would leave me unable to regain that pace later on.
I had a new strap for my camera which was poorly adjusted, so no video.
I felt sluggish to begin with, but it passed as I settled into a higher pace, and concentrating on my technique, overtook a few.
I Will Follow
(hereinafter known as "cap man") seemed a good pacemaker, or at least I could restrain myself by not overtaking him.
Leaders Of The Pack
Crystal came dancing past on her way to finishing the second loop. I think I didn't react straight away, hence the two-handed wave.
This guy didn't collapse as it looks like here. He collected his medal, looked to check he wouldn't get in anyone's way, and slowly laid down.