Workouts of the St. Croix Valley: Cyclova XC Short Park Repeat

Series Introduction

This is something I've been thinking about for a while now as I've come to know some of the incredible athletes we have in the St. Croix Valley.  As you hang out with them you will eventually hear about some epic workout or some old standby they used to do all the time.

My goal here with this series is to try and collect those that I've heard of and get them out to more people so they can get a chance to run, bike, or ski in the footsteps of giants too.

Workout Overview

We are starting this series with the Cyclova XC Short Park Repeat.  This is a cycling workout that is based on one with a long history in the valley.  You can read about the original Park Repeat in the Interstate Park Hill article Frank wrote back in 2010.

The Short Park Repeat is a more modern version for people looking for nearly all of the climbing but short on time.  This particular climb starts in the North Campground of Interstate Park WI right by the outhouses and climbs the main park road until just into the parking lot by the Ice Age Visitor Center.  A single climb is about 0.7 miles and gains approximately 247 feet for an average grade of 6%.


I recently rode a repeat following Mike Colaizy up the climb so you can see exactly what you are up against.



Workout History

To the best of my knowledge the short repeat has a relatively short history going back just a couple of years.  Tim Wilkie and Frank Lundeen had a pretty good grudge match going the summer they started this version.  The story as I heard it has them going back and forth all summer long with each topping the other person with a good share of smack talk going on back and forth.

As it stands today, according to Strava, Tim has the upper hand with a best time of 3:10, topping Frank by 1 second who has a best recorded time of 3:11.

Workout Variations

The first option is pretty straight forward.  Go ride the repeat once as hard as you possibly can until your lungs burn, you taste blood, and you want to puke.  See how you measure up.

While that is all well and good as a bench mark, if you are looking to get an actual workout in, I might recommend starting with 3 or so repeats in a session.  Ride hard, but in control to the top getting a good baseline time.  Then ride back down to the bottom and with an easy recovery in the North Campground start your next one when you have had approximately as much recovery time as it took you to get to the top.  Your goal will be to complete each repeat in the same time.

This can take some practice as you will likely go too hard on the first one and fade towards the end.  As you get stronger you will learn to pace yourself as well.  Work your way up from 3 that first night until you are riding 6 or 8 of them in a session.

Another option is to go for total elevation gain.  We don't have mountain passes around here to get you several thousand feet of climbing in a ride.  But if you came out to the park and rode these short repeats conservatively you can stack them together to get a lot of elevation gain in a single ride.

Salsa Cycles Bike Demo & Bike Packing Presentation TODAY - FUN & FREE - Thursday, 26 May, 2016!



Spring is one of our favorite times to ride here in Woollyland - the majestic upper St. Croix River Valley!  Join the Cyclova XC, and Salsa Cycles in celebrating the changing of the seasons at the Cyclova / Salsa Cycles 2016 Spring Demo & Salsa Bikepacking Adventure Presentation (by Laura Haraldson of Salsa Cycles)!   

Also note that we are keeping a very close eye on the weather forecast for tomorrow's demo event - as well as the forecast leading up to the event.  The great news is that the Woolly MTB trails drain (and dry out) very quickly, and most of the trails were built in a very sustainable fashion to minimize erosion.  Given the weather forecast and the fact that the trails dry very quickly, we expect the trails to be in prime shape for the demo tomorrow afternoon.  We will advise everyone in the morning if the weather has any impact on this event!  

You'll also want to check out the Cyclova Summer Sale which we just announced HERE!  STEEP DISCOUNTS are available on limited numbers of our bike rental fleet bikes as well as a few previous year model closeouts.  Just think Salsa Beargrease X5's, Blackborrows, El Mariachi's, Trek Domanes, and more at 20%+ off!  They'll go fast, so get them while the gettin' is good!

Following are all of the details:

!!YOU'RE INVITED TO THE CYCLOVA / SALSA CYCLES 2016 SPRING DEMO!!

BASIC EVENT DETAILS:
WHEN:  Thursday, May 26, 2016 
Bike Demo at Woolly Trailhead from 2PM until ~6:30PM.
Bikepacking Adventure Presentation by Laura of Salsa at Cyclova XC at 7PM (on the bigscreen).
WHAT:  Fun, Friends, Fire, !FREE 2016 Salsa Cycles bike demo!, and of course epic riding on the Woolly trails!
WHERE:  Bike Demo at the Woolly Bike Club Trailhead (at the bottom of "Big Oak") at the intersection of Lincoln and Maple Drive in St. Croix Falls.  Go to the TRAIL MAPS & DIRECTIONS page on WoollyBikeClub.com for directions.  Bikepacking Adventure Presentation at Cyclova XC.  
SOCIAL MEDIA:  Help us plan for how many folks to expect by RSVP'ing for the event on the Salsa Cycles Facebook Event Page.  
LODGING:  Spend the weekend in Woollyland!  For full info on the amazing range of lodging - camping or hotels, check out the St. Croix Falls tourism website!
FULL WOOLLY DAY 2015 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
2 - 6:30PM:  Free Salsa Cycles Bicycle Demo.  Join us for free test rides of the hottest mountain bikes on the market including Bucksaw, Beargrease, Horsethief, Spearfish, and the new 2017 Salsa RedPoint!  All of the hottest new Salsa mountain bikes will be available for free test rides.  Salsa and Cyclova XC staff will be on hand to talk bikes with you and answer any questions you have on what could be your next dream bike!
~4PM:  Group ride roll out from Woolly Bike Club Trailhead.  Think of this group ride as a guided tour of the Woolly Mountain Bike trail network - lead by the people who built the trails!  We will break up into a couple of groups based on rider ability and keep the groups together.
7PM:  Laura Haraldson of Salsa Cycles presents "Montana Firetower Bucket Brigade", a personal story detailing what it takes to execute a 4-day bikepacking excursion on the Cyclova XC BIG SCREEN (at Cyclova XC).  This presentation was featured in the latest Salsa story book, and can be previewed HERE.  
Evening:  Following Laura's presentation, we will likely head over to the Dalles House Lounge for some tasty beverages and eats - join us!  
What To Bring:  Bring your mountain bike, motivation to ride a bunch of sweet Salsa demo bikes, a snack/beverage to share, a flannel shirt, and a beverage koozie! 
Join us for the FREE Salsa Bicycle Demo at the Woolly Trailhead on Thurs, 26 May, 2016 from 2 - 6:30PM!

Spring Sale on Salsa Demo Bikes... And A Few Previous Year Model Salsa & Trek Bikes!

We are discounting our fleet of Rental Fat Bikes - and closing out a few other previous year model bikes as well.  Get in on these deals while the gettin' is good!
Summer is heating up - and so are the deals at Cyclova XC!

This is a rare opportunity to get a SUPER HOT deal on some of the hottest bikes out there - including rental bikes and a few previous year model options!  Salsa Beargreases, Blackborrows, Trek Domanes, Trek CrossRips, and more!  Get in on these deals while the gettin' is good!

Following is a list of deals included on this sale - most of which were 2016 year model rental/demo bikes, and a few are previous year model closeout bikes:
SALSA
2016 Salsa Beargrease X5 in LG & XL:  MSRP price of $1600  - Sale price at 20% off = $1280
2016 Salsa Blackborrow GX 2x10 in MD, LG, & XL:  MSRP price of $2500 - Sale price at 20% off = $2000
2015 Salsa Beargrease Carbon 1 in LG:  MSRP price of $3700 - Sale price at 25% off = $2775
2015 Salsa Mukluk 2 Suspension in LG:  MSRP price of $3000 - Sale price at 25% off = $2250
2015 Salsa El Mariachi 2 in MD:  MSRP price of $2300 - Sale price at 25% off = $1725

TREK
2014 Trek Domane 4.7 in 56cm:  MSRP price of $3150 - Sale price at 25% off = $2362.50
2015 Trek CrossRip LTD in 54cm:  MSRP price of $1760 - Sale price at 20% off = $1408

Ready - set - go!  Act quickly, as bikes move quickly at these prices!  As is always the case, cash or check is appreciated - with credit cards being OK too. 

2016 Sasquatch Dash #2 Results and Report


Race Recap

We had another great day and a great turn out this past Saturday for the second installment in this years Sasquatch Dash series.  We had 25 people show up to race plus 3 more who got out early in the morning to run before other commitments.

A great turn out.  Tammi was taking the picture.
While I joke before most of the races as I describe the course that we lose someone every time, I think we had a new record this time.  Normally I'll use race director discretion to make minor corrections to the few instances of "alternate course" selection.  This time I am at a bit of a loss for what to do since I'm reasonably certain over half of the field took an alternate course.  I don't think the total length was very different, but I can assure you running up Meadow Valley is substantially different than running up the road in terms of time.

While running I decided to throw down some stick arrows on the trail.  It sounds like a couple of people noticed them, but the majority of the runners missed them.  It was worth a shot.

A small sampling out of Strava of the alternate course selections.  Looks like someone went around the campground loop the other way.  The big deviation was running up the road instead of through the Meadow Valley Trail.

But, since this is a free event and entirely for fun (if you were hoping for a big prize at the end of the year sorry to disappoint you), what I have decided to do is award everyone who ran 10 points.  This is equal to the bonus for buying the t-shirt or points awarded for the City of Trails 10k (5 points for the 5k and 15 points for the half marathon).  This penalizes a few folks, but for most folks this is a bonus.

I might be convinced to go back to trying to mark the course if I think it might be particularly confusing.  The good news though is that our next event is the City of Trails race and Amy Klein is in charge of marking the course!

A special shout out to Conner and Jack.  Those guys have completed both series events this year which is HUGE.  Keep up the good work guys.

I hope everyone still had fun.  While racing and competing is fun, I do think the primary appeal of this series is that it is free, easy going, and just a good excuse to get out and run hard.

For what it is worth, here are the times as recorded.


Next Race

As previously mentioned, our next race we are piggy backing on the City of Trails Race.  You will get 15 points for finishing the half marathon, 10 points for the 10k, and 5 points for the 5k.  This is a great race that supports our local trails.  The rest of the series is free, but being the signature running event in the valley that supports the trails we feel this is definitely worth including.

So go sign-up today if you haven't already.

Mullin's Race Report

Well it wasn't much of a race.  I think I was feeling some cumulative fatigue from the Royal 162 the week before and I overdid it the night before trying to ride mountain bikes with a group of guys way beyond my skill level.  Not wanting to dig myself too big a hole for the rest of the summer my goal was to run like I was racing for a little bit and then just run hard.

I started out front with Greg and Tammi.  I even managed to chase Greg up Horizon Rock right until we got off the rocks and back onto gravel trail.  Then I had to walk.  I picked it back up again as Tammi passed me, but pretty soon I was all alone on the trail.

I decided to start throwing down stick arrows at the major intersections to hopefully keep people on the right course.  They were perfectly obvious to me as I put them down, but I can see how they might have just looked like sticks on the trail if you didn't know to look for them.

Tom Kelby caught me as we headed down into the group camp.  We struck up a short breath conversation as we headed down to the Lake O' The Dalles.  Just before we got to the beach Cory Pratt had been stealthily sneaking up on us, but scuffed his foot on the gravel giving away his position.

As I threw another stick arrow down around the beach shelter a few more guys passed me hot on the heels of Cory.  This got me back in race mode a little bit more and I had to push pretty hard to catch back up to Cory as we started the major climb on Meadow Valley.  Tom ran into some friends on the trail and stopped to talk.  That's what I'm talking about with these "races".

I managed to keep my effort level reasonably high on the push all the way back to CyclovaXC and the clipboard.  In the end I had a couple of stretches of VO2Max type effort and a good chuck of tempo effort.  I was definitely tired the rest of the afternoon.  I'm looking forward to being a little smarter in the prep for City of Trails and getting my full race on.

Ice Age Trail Work in Zillmer Park

 
















Hi Sasquatchers, City of Trail Runners, and all other Cyclova XC Ice Age Trail users.

If you have been out on the trails this spring you probably noticed that there are some sections in Zillmer Park that have been pretty wet.  A few of us Sasquatcher's had thrown around the idea of doing some trail work to help improve the trail.

To that end I reached out to Dean Dversdall, the head of the Indianhead chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance.  Great news!  They were already in the planning stages of a project to make the improvements.

Here is where you come in, they could use some help with the actual construction.  They are starting this Wednesday with the goal of completing the project before the City of Trails race in June.  See the information below and help out if you can.

I personally hope to make it out Friday afternoon if they are still working.  Darn that whole day job thing to help more.


Bob Barabe Memorial Time Trial, Saturday, May 21st!

Hey Guys!

Here's a nearby time-trial that is a fun event. The race is to honor the memory of Bob Barabe, a local rider that many of us knew from the Wisport series. Time trials are a fun way to get into road cycling as crashes are far less common than in pack riding.

To download a copy of the entry form, click here.

You're Invited: 2016 Spring Salsa Cycles Demo & Salsa Bikepacking Adventure Presentation - Thursday, 26 May, 2016!

Join us for the FREE Salsa Bicycle Demo at the Woolly Trailhead on Thurs, 26 May, 2016 from 2 - 6:30PM!
Fresh off of the 2016 Woolly Race (where 560 racers competed in the biggest Minnesota Series race in years), Spring is one of our favorite times to ride here in Woollyland - the majestic upper St. Croix River Valley!  Join the Cyclova XC, and Salsa Cycles in celebrating the changing of the seasons at the Cyclova / Salsa Cycles 2016 Spring Demo & Salsa Bikepacking Adventure Presentation (by Laura Haraldson of Salsa Cycles)!   

!!YOU'RE INVITED TO THE CYCLOVA / SALSA CYCLES 2016 SPRING DEMO!!

BASIC EVENT DETAILS:
WHEN:  Thursday, May 26, 2016 
Bike Demo at Woolly Trailhead from 2PM until ~6:30PM.
Bikepacking Adventure Presentation by Laury of Salsa at Cyclova XC at 7PM (on the bigscreen).
WHAT:  Fun, Friends, Fire, !FREE 2016 Salsa Cycles bike demo!, and of course epic riding on the Woolly trails!
WHERE:  Bike Demo at the Woolly Bike Club Trailhead (at the bottom of "Big Oak") at the intersection of Lincoln and Maple Drive in St. Croix Falls.  Go to the TRAIL MAPS & DIRECTIONS page on WoollyBikeClub.com for directions.  Bikepacking Adventure Presentation at Cyclova XC.
SOCIAL MEDIA:  Help us plan for how many folks to expect by RSVP'ing for the event on the Salsa Cycles Facebook Event Page.  
LODGING:  Spend the weekend in Woollyland!  For full info on the amazing range of lodging - camping or hotels, check out the St. Croix Falls tourism website!

FULL WOOLLY DAY 2015 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
2 - 6:30PM:  Free Salsa Cycles Bicycle Demo.  Join us for free test rides of the hottest mountain bikes on the market including Bucksaw, Beargrease, Horsethief, Spearfish, and the new 2017 Salsa RedPoint!  All of the hottest new Salsa mountain bikes will be available for free test rides.  Salsa and Cyclova XC staff will be on hand to talk bikes with you and answer any questions you have on what could be your next dream bike!
~4PM:  Group ride roll out from Woolly Bike Club Trailhead.  Think of this group ride as a guided tour of the Woolly Mountain Bike trail network - lead by the people who built the trails!  We will break up into a couple of groups based on rider ability and keep the groups together.
7PM:  Laura Haraldson of Salsa Cycles presents "Montana Firetower Bucket Brigade", a personal story detailing what it takes to execute a 4-day bikepacking excursion on the Cyclova XC BIG SCREEN (at Cyclova XC).  This presentation was featured in the latest Salsa story book, and can be previewed HERE.  
Evening:  Following Laura's presentation, we will likely head over to the Dalles House Lounge for some tasty beverages and eats - join us!  
What To Bring:  Bring your mountain bike, motivation to ride a bunch of sweet Salsa demo bikes, a snack/beverage to share, a flannel shirt, and a beverage koozie! 
Following the bike demo, don't miss Laura's (of Salsa Cycles) bikepacking adventure presentation on the Cyclova XC big screen!

Seven Lakes Half Marathon Race Report

The 2nd Seven Lakes Half Marathon took place last Saturday and it was a perfect day! This is a great little event that is good for the community and serves to showcase the wonderful, non-motorized Stower Seven trail. All proceeds from this event go to help preserve and maintain the trail, so this the kind of thing I like to help promote. Remember, you get 5 points in the Sasquatch Dash Series for running this marathon, so if you did it, please send your name to me (bj@cyclovaxc.com) and I'll make sure you get your points!

I can't seem to get Katie to wear Cyclova orange, she tells me I need to get a Cyclova shirt with a shark on it, so maybe I'll do that.

I have to admit that I suffered during this half. I think the problem is that I've been trying to eat healthy this week and every other time I've tried that it has nearly killed me. Perhaps having run a marathon a week ago has something to do with it too, although I've doubled up marathons before and not felt quite this bad.

Katie and I were discussing how sometimes you're doing a run and you're going along fine and then...BOOM...the legs stop working. It's like the gears slip and the fastest you can manage is a 13 minute mile. A lot of this is mental because it's easier to push through the pain when you've got a chance at getting a PR. However, if you're already off a decent pace at the halfway point sometimes it's best to just downshift and enjoy the day.

I think it's funny how it doesn't matter if it's a half marathon or a full marathon, you suffer at the halfway point. I got to just over mile 5 when I ran into Tammi. Tammi physically stopped on the trail, "I'm done, this hurts!" she said. Then she kicked it back in and went on to win the women's race.
Photo by William Johnson--Don't look back Tammi...just win!
I also saw Tough Greg a second later who was running this despite having surgery on his broken collar bone about a week ago. He finished around 1:33, and fortunately I remembered not to slap him on the back to congratulate him (I get excited when people do well). 

The race was out and back this year instead of point to point and I prefer it that way. It makes it so much easier for the race organizers because they don't have to spend money on buses, and they only need half as many aid stations. Also, it's fun to see the other competitors come back down the trail. 

This race also offered a very nice medal and T-shirt. This is the kind of thing that keeps you coming back year after year:
I hobbled in with a time you needed a calendar to measure and it's always nice when people are still waiting around for you. Sadly, I had to jet off and couldn't enjoy a beer with the team because I had to get to Cyclova for the day. However, I might as well have stuck around for the beer because I was pretty worthless at work (even more than normal). The temperature was only 65, but Starr mentioned that it was so dry you could end up deceptively dehydrated, and I think that was the case. Fortunately somebody left some crackers under the desk and I was able to nurse myself back to health.

Next up is the Grantsburg Triathlon and the Almanzo 100.  I probably won't be doing either of those events, so I'm relying on you guys to share your adventures!  See ya!
Photo by William Johnson

Luminaries Retreat Hosts Memorial Day Weekend 3-Day Retreat

Hey Everyone!

There is a really fun retreat coming up in St. Croix Falls. Spending time running, biking and skiing is great for your health, but nutrition is the other half of fitness and a retreat like this can really provide a jump-start to a much healthier life.

Luminaries Retreat is hosting a 3 day wellness retreat over Memorial Day Weekend. The retreat is called "Healthy Living on a Budget." Activities, hand-prepared delicious food, babysitters for the young ones while the adults or older kids bike, hike, and exercise together, 5-6 hours of seminars led by Amy Sotis, nutritionist, and certified fitness instructors. Singles: $250 each, Couples: $475 for both, Families of 3: $500, Families of 4: $525, Families of 5: $550. Book through luminariesretreat.com website. Prices go up May 4th! Booking closes May 21.

Make sure to check out the web page if you have any questions. Spread the word, there's always something amazing to do in St. Croix Falls!


2016 Eau Claire Marathon Race Report

When I was in my twenties, I used to say that a marathon was 20 miles of hope and 6 miles of reality. That was because I'd usually be on the pace I wanted for the first 20 miles, only to have everything blow up in the last stretch. These days things are different. I now say a marathon is 6 miles of hope and 20 miles of reality. But hey, as long as it's sunny and there are friendly people and there's beer at the end, you can't complain now can you?

I've done about 3 Eau Claire Marathons and this race keeps getting better and better. Two years ago there was some danger that the event was going to cease operations, but then a new owner swooped in and is doing everything right to make this one of the great mid-sized (and growing) marathons around.

It's fun when a marathon is a huge party as much as it is a running race. Grandma's leads the way in that category (Twin Cities is in that category too), but those races are so gigantic that the logistics part becomes a bit of a stress. Eau Claire is in a sweet spot with a huge atmosphere feel without parking or travel difficulties.

Also, last year there was a special deal for anyone who registered for the event on the day registration opened. I can't remember what I paid exactly, but I think it was in the $40 to $45 range...which makes this race a priority!

Organizers seem to change the course every year which is kind of strange since certification costs a couple grand. Their objective is to show off all the beautiful trestle bridges that have been converted to bike paths throughout the city, and it's a smart strategy. Every marathon needs a talking point, and the bike path railroad bridges that meander through Eau Claire are certainly that. As I was running on Sunday, I thought it must have been neat to live in Eau Claire in a time when trains were constantly passing through.

The new course also goes right through downtown Eau Claire, although Acoustic Cafe or somebody needs to set up a beer garden there. Downtown didn't have a lot of spectators. Things really picked up, however, when you ran through the Eau Claire campus. The students were out in force and it was fun to share their energy through mile 24.

State St. was also packed with people which was fun. In prior years, the marathon has gone down the bike path that follows the river, but it's a lot more fun to run down the middle of state street. Kudos to the organizers for taking the trouble (and expense) to get all those roads shut down. You take a right turn at Dairy Queen and then run up a big hill to the finish. I'm thinking that I'm going to bring a couple bucks next year and buy a blizzard at Dairy Queen and then just walk up the hill (unless i'm on pace for a PR...which I won't be).

I think the best way to describe the Eau Claire Marathon is as an ascending event. I love it when race organizers are clearly committed to growing their event. The EC marathon is in good hands, and it will be fun to see how big this race gets. In the future, more of the Cyclova peeps should make a weekend out of coming down to EC, perhaps camping at Lake Wissota, and turning this into a 2 or 3 day festival! 




Register Now For The Seven Lake Half Marathon--Online Registration to Close Soon!


Hey Folks!

Make sure to register for the Seven Lake Half Marathon in Amery Wisconsin on Saturday, May 7th. This is a great out and back marathon on the Stower Seven trail. It's a Limestone trail, perfect for running, and the course should be beautiful and fast.

This half marathon helps raise funds to preserve and maintain this trail, so it's for a great cause. Also, you get 5 participation points for the Sasquatch Dash trail series (just send an email saying you participated to bj@cyclovaxc.com).

See you all at the Seven Lake Half Marathon! Online registration closes May 5th, so don't wait (there is race day registration as well).

2016 Sasquatch Dash #1 Results and Report


Race Recap

Here we go again folks.  We just kicked off our fourth season of Sasquatch Dashing.  Hard to believe that we have been doing this that long already.  Way back in the day this series was the vision of Ben Jonjak and Dallas Wynne.  It wasn't that there wasn't plenty of excellently run races in the area, there certainly are.  The vision was really a hybrid of a race and a training run with friends.  An excuse to go run hard without the expense of a race.  I'd say we still meet that vision today.

We started the morning gathering at CyclovaXC, signing waivers and visiting.  Shortly before 9:00 we gave the course description and pre-race speech (you hopefully won't get too lost, you are DQ'd if you get run over, we haven't lost anyone yet, have fun, sign the clipboard, etc)


Moments after 9:00 the race was on with a record 30 human participants and 2 K9 participants.  We had quite a few regulars and some fresh faces making up the participants.  What a great start to the season!

The course was a variation on past year's openers running from the Overlook to Lion's Park and Wert Preserve.  This time instead of doing the cloverleaf of out and backs in Wert we did a pair of out and backs that included the Mindy Creek section of the Ice Age.  I'm not sure how other feel about the out and back sections but I always really enjoying seeing the other runners and having a chance to "cheer" them on depending on the amount of breath I have available at the moment.


The course in green.  It measured out for me at 5.2 miles.
Results

Without further ado, lets get to the results.  On the ladies side we had a great group of women participating.  Starr was excited to take an early lead in the series.  And no, before Jeff Wolf says anything, this was not preferential treatment from the race director.  Katie's time is totally made up as she and Ben Jonjak jogged/walked part of the course as they were "warming up" for the Eau Claire Marathon on Sunday.  We would absolutely like to encourage more of this type of behavior.  Don't feel like you are fast enough, don't want to go the full distance, or have something else coming up you are tapering for?  Come on out anyhow.

Ladies results from 2016 Dash #1
On the men's side we had a little shake-up with our normal leaders getting off to a slower than usual start.  Alex just started running a couple of weeks ago and Greg was less than a week post clavicle rebuild surgery.  I expect things to heat up at the next race.  Ben get's the same made up time as Katie.  Paul had commitments (apparently his daughter's college didn't check with us or the Woolly before scheduling graduation this weekend) and he got out early and ran an approximation of the course with a few bonus miles WAY earlier than we ran.  I picked his time including the bonus miles from Strava and gave him a participation point for being with us in spirit.

Men's results from 2016 Dash #1
Next Race

There was a little confusion at the post race announcement.  City of Trails is NOT the next race of the series.  City of Trails is the third race, so still go sign up.  I'm personally in for the half marathon.  The course is going to be awesome.

Sasquatch Dash #2 will be Satruday May 21st.  I will get the course published and Facebook event created more than 24 hours in advance this time.

Mullin's Personal Race Report

And now what I know everyone is waiting for (my Mom for sure, maybe not the rest of you), my personal race report.

On the drive over in the morning I wasn't at all sure I wanted to run hard.  The thought of hurting just wasn't very appealing.  Remember, as an endurance athlete, I actually kind of like suffering during an activity.  It's a defect endurance athletes understand.

I've been doing a better job of warming up before events in the past, but hanging out before hand and giving the pre-race spiel that wasn't really an option this time.  The walk between CyclovaXC and the Overlook was going to have to do it.

Things started off pretty relaxed.  I chatted with Alex for a minute or so to hear about his new minimal training strategy.  I made a gamble at that point to leave Alex behind and bridge up to Steve Clark who had made probably a 30 meter gap on us.  Steve and I ran semi-conversationally all the way to Wert.  Conversation started getting shorter, for me at least, as we climbed to the pond.

As we turned around I was reminded that Steve can descend like the wind.  It was almost like he was falling straight down the hill.  It was all I could do to keep him from getting completely away from me.

I manged to pull him back in as we started to climb the Mindy Creek Ice Age Trail.  My participation in the conversation continued to be reduced to very short statements or questions.  As we hit the turn around I knew Steve was about to descend away from me again.  I managed to keep it close until the last gradual slope back to the main trail in Wert.  Steve managed to open a gap of about 30 meters or so.  I was starting to get a side ache and couldn't quite keep it close even though I wanted to.

That was enough to mentally break me and I couldn't find a gear on the road back to the Overlook to close the gap down.  The 30 meter gap was pretty constant all the way back.  It certainly wasn't for a lack of effort though as the last mile was the fastest of the whole race.


Mullin's What's Next

Assuming my hand gets better (sigh, still not a very good mountain biker), it is the Strada Fango on Sunday May 8th, then Almanzo Royal on Saturday May 14th, and then Sasquatch Dash #2 on May 21st.