Saturday, April 11, 2015

2015 Mill Mountain Mayhem 10k

Mill Mountain Mayhem 10k

2010-time 53:45.62, pace: 8:32/M (est), Place 46/131 overall,6/7 in my age group,44/81 among men

2011-time 47:51.81, pace: 7:32/M, Place 8/133 overall, 1/11 in my age group, 8/80 among men
2012-time 49:25.72, pace: 7:47/M , Place 18/185 overall,3/11 in my age group,18/116 among men
2013-time 53:38.03, pace: 8:27/M , Place 34/186 overall,3/13 in my age group,29/109 among men 
2015 Results:
Time 52:18.46, pace: 8:13/M , Place 26/176 overall,3/15 in my age group,23/113 among men

With pleasant temperatures and a blue sky extending to the depths of the horizon, I was compelled to use the Mill Mountain Mayhem 10k as an unofficial duathlon for the 3rd year in a row. Cutting back on run mileage is a critical component of tapering for the Blue Ridge Half next weekend, but I like to fill in the gaps with plenty of cross training. Since I usually run a 12 miler on Saturday, cutting back to 6.2 meant doing some hard time on the elliptical after I got home from the race or cycling to and from the race. I will always take the cycling as the preferred option as long as the threat of rain is minimal.

The Ride In
Garmin Data: HERE
Although I was handicapping myself for the race by cycling to it, I still wanted to be as competitive as possible. The shortest route to the event is just under 14.5 miles with an overall downhill elevation profile. Not that its all downhill. This is the Blue Ridge Parkway we are talking about after all. Plenty of rolling hills to tackle, but nothing too extreme between mile posts 105 and 116...where I had planned to cut across a small piece of land and jump over to Rutrough Rd.

Somehow I missed my landmark for the jump over to Rutrough Rd. and rather than circle back to look for it I decided to just go ahead and climb Roanoke Mtn and ride down the parkway spur to the race start. It meant adding 6 miles and 30 minutes to the route, cashing in my legs a bit more than I wanted with an extended climb and losing out on some recovery time between the cycling and the start of the race, but I had plenty of time to work with and I wasn't racing for a peak performance anyway.

The Race
Garmin Data: HERE
I was about 4 miles in when I started to feel what seemed like excessive fatigue. About 5 people passed me in the final 2+ miles. Fortunately none were from my age group.

The Ride Back
Garmin Data: HERE
I was exhausted. I had every intention of trying to keep a faster pace cycling back home than I did cycling to the race, but after a short few miles in the saddle, I knew I'd be happy just to keep moving and eventually make it back home.

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