Bear Mountain 10km

This past Saturday morning I participated in “Canada’s Hardest 10km”.¬† No joke.¬† It was retardedly hard.

I have been invited by Mark and Nick at Frontrunners in Westshore Victoria to run in this race for the past three years.  One year I had the flu and another I felt that my competitive fire had leached out of my body with the last of any of my race fitness post season.  So I had never taken part in this super cool but unbelievably tough race.

This year I have been having some fun running with a strong run group so heading out for a race at this point in the year wasn’t nearly as daunting as in years past.¬† However, after the first 2km of the race I was pretty sure the next 8 would be very, very tough!¬† I think it is awesome that the race had such an insane turnout.¬† They broke a record for the number of participants this year and let me tell you, you have to be pretty hardcore to do this race.¬† So Victoria, good on ya for rocking out the turnout for this event.

I was late for the start, as usual, so my prerace warmup was somewhat abbreviated.  I think that probably helped in the end because I took it so easy for the first 3km to let myself warm up and I am sure that paid off in the end.  I was also advised by Jon to really take it easy on the downhills to save myself any potential injuries so again, I was running very conservatively.  I knew I was going to lose time on the downhills so I just tried to make the most of the uphills.

The course starts with a short run on the road before turning abruptly right onto the golf cart path at Bear Mountain Resort.¬† From there you run either vertically up or vertically downhill for the next 9.5 kms.¬† There isn’t a flat section anywhere on the course and thanks to the Pineapple Express weather system we have been enjoying for the last few weeks the course was wet and slippery.¬† Only the bridges were really sketchy but running through some shallow rivers over concrete was interesting as well.

I took the lead at about 5km not thinking I would win, just thinking that I would keep my steady pace and see what happened.¬† I ended up winning with Sarah Baker taking second (I think she is a triathlete as well!) so good that the girls had a strong race.¬† One of the fast runners I am training with, Dave Jackson, won the men’s event.¬† My time was a glacial 41:17¬†which is not an elite time for a 10km but given the course record for women is 40:15 it wasn’t totally embarassing.¬† The men’s record was 32:50 or something, set by Jon Brown himself and I am sure he is about a 27 minute 10km runner so yeah, it was hard and slow.¬† Thanks so much to Frontrunners for hosting me and putting up prize money for this event.. I will be back to try to run it a little faster next year rocking the colors of the Prairie Inn Harriers (thanks Bob!).

The ladies pack heads up the first gnarly hill (Photo by Tony Austin) and man I look haggard!

Age group awards (me and Adrianne Seredick), the overall¬†went myself, Sarah Baker, Devon Mihalyi, Care Wakely and Jessalyn O’Donnell¬†for top five

Good times!¬† I followed the day up with a wine and cheese silent auction¬†fundraiser at Procity for Jamie and Linsey Duncan which was super fun.¬† Lots of people I haven’t seen in a long time and a good opportunity to just hang out and be silly.¬† We dragged the usual suspects back to our house to continue festivities.¬† Luckily I didn’t over do it but it was very late when I finally got to sleep.¬† I was tired the next morning so it took a huge amount of motor-vation to get myself out for my long run but by noon I was running up Willis Point into the dump to finish the week with a 1h45 effort in the muddy, wet trails.¬† It was actually a spectacular day for it.¬† Unfortunately, that run requires running from the very top of the mountain bike park down to Lochside and that descent was no fun today after yesterday’s race.¬† I am sure I am going to pay tomorrow for it.¬† I did a swim this evening hoping hydrotherapy might do the trick but not so far.¬† I am going to try couch surfing next.¬† It is off season so there is no freaking way I am going to park my butt in an ice bath until at least January.

Good racing by Sam¬†and Jordan at IM AZ this weekend!¬† Totally inspiring.¬† Now if only I could find out how Mar did in Japan…

Resting tomorrow but working on the plan for next year.  For me, the athletes I coach and the members of my team.  Never a dull moment.

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