In her best shape, this would be an easy pace for this girl but she is returning back from an injury. After this picture appeared on Facebook, I have received emails, texts, and private messages saying, "How did you beat her?" This picture is comical since I am sandwiched between a professional Xterra racer and an elite triathlete. Had their been a pool or bike involved, I would have been chewed and spit out. But I am going to enjoy by two minutes of glory because I most likely will never find myself in this position again.
I drove to the race that morning with my friend, and professional athlete, while discussing something called "deliberate practice." It usually involves a coach, or at the very least a training schedule (two things that I prefer not to use) and every workout has a reason. My problem with this is the commitment. If it is a swim day, you must swim. What if you don't want to swim? This is probably why I am not a good swimmer.
I think, for now, I am okay with doing what I want - and having a lot of fun with it - even if it means not winning. And, just enjoying those lucky moments when I do.
After our 6:07 first mile, the course started to go uphill. It was a curvy uphill and every time we approached a corner, I thought to myself, Okay, this must be the top.... only to turn the corner and see another mile of upward trail.
I got very tired (Exhibit A). But still managed my token pose for the camera (Exhibit B).
The next race involves a river, lots of rock, and some fancy footwork with wet shoes along the river bed. I am hoping we won't be running any 6 minute miles through that river but I have this sneaking suspicion that it's a real possibility. But, to look on the bright side, at least we will not have to swim through the river. There is no swimming in trail running!