Sunday, March 16, 2008

Small Victories @ Cary

I heard rumor of me "laying down a mattress" because of the long mileage weekend from Boston, but I was unwilling to listen to that talk. Instead, my goal was to run the hills differently, somewhat similar to the way I rode IM Wisconsin on my bike last year.... easy uphill, power and fast downhill. So with that in mind, I took the second mile of Cary at a significantly elevated pace. Each downhill was met with more speed, each uphill with a metered level of effort. You'll see in the jpg below that my HR didn't elevate up the hills significantly, so that's a win for me.

The other component of today's run was my sole victory against Tom Estka. He has edged me in everything from the Pleasant Prairie Duathlon, Galena Duathlon, to many many races here in Chicago. He pulls out just enough to get it done and it drives me NUTS. He's now got a loss in his W/L column. Kevin McCarthy took a front row seat to the battle and informed me that Estka had been "marking" me since the start (I saw him at 1/2 mile). Estka finally took a brief lead at the top of the 9.5 mile hill. However, he relaxed at the top (which was followed by a decent downhill grade into the neighborhood) which was his mistake. I retook my lead on him and then hammered as much as I had left until the finish. He didn't get too much closer from the finish.

I actually PR'd at this event for my half (something on which I hope to improve even more this year) by about 7 seconds over Cal City. I'm fairly certain, however that this distance is legitimately correct vs Cal City. God knows the hills are worth something.

Chris, you're too hard on yourself on this one. Save that pain and suffering for Boston where it REALLY matters.


Ed said...

I'm glad out training weekend did not screw it up for you. Although I suspect it still added 1/2 min to 1 min to your time, but this is good news for you.

Danni said...

It's always good to beat a nemesis!!!

JP said...

From Matt's post on March 12th:

"Don't expect much out of me at Cary, but I'll be trying to hold off Cahn as he attempts to close the gap again out there."

That's what I would call a "Matt-Ress."

However, even though you gave yourself the out... you certainly didn't use it. Hell of a race.

You too Woods. Nice work to each of you ... and to you Ed in your race today.

Sorry I wasn't able to do the race. That course is such a pleasure!

Is your nemesis the dude with the pony tail that always runs shirtless?

Ed said...

Matt has many nemesi (plural of nemesis).

1) The midget
2) The naked pony tail guy
3) Cahn
4) Nimrod
5) Random mullet guys
6) small women
7) other midgets

JP said...

It's clearly working for him. Maybe I need to develop a nemesis list...

Let's see, given my current running proficiency potential nemesis names might be:

1. That Dennis guy
2. That really old lady that has a crush on Rick (Janet?)
3. And of course Ian (can't catch him now... but he's an annoying little prick)

Ed said...

JP you are too hard on yourself... I think you can still take Dennis on!

Anonymous said...

FYI--it was actaully pacing a friend of mine. Better luck next race!
Tom Estka