splits: 5:55; 6:12; 6:13
finished in 19:00; 4th place.
today's race was rough for me, but it was nice to get some feedback on my fitness...
i basically struggled from start to finish. my legs felt all knotted up and i couldn't find a smooth stride. my breathing was much too labored for the pace, and i just never got it going today. the first race of the year is always a bit shaky for me, and i need to remember that this is a starting point for the year ahead. i'm not necessarily disappointed -- i just have this "unsettled" feeling that i know i can do better but yet i couldn't have done any better -- if that makes sense...
anyway, i am not going to dwell on it. it was a fun morning and a perfect day for racing. the sun was out and the roads were clear and dry. it was great seeing so many familiar faces today -- lots of participation and so many great runners came out to race. the track club does a great job with this series.
to explain those awful photos: it was just another lame attempt at using comedy to cover up an insecurity -- in this particular case i was trying to hide the fact that i was absolutely dying. it didn't work.
in the afternoon we headed up to alta with jake and andrea for some snowshoeing. the views were spectacular and the company was great. it was a perfect way to spend the afternoon.