Earlier this year I was having a lot of trouble deciding if I wanted to do ANY mountain running in 2012. After hurting my calf at Mt
last year (and re-injuring it multiple times) I wasn’t sure if I wanted to chance getting injured again. Somewhere along the line I changed my mind and did a 540 (a 360 then a 180) and decided that not only did I want to mountain race this year, but I want to attempt to do the entire USATF New England Mountain Series along with the National Championships (Mt Washington). This weekend was the kick-off to the season here in Washington New England.
I headed up on Saturday and Eric (Morse) and I grabbed Murdoch (his dog) and headed over to
for another look at the course. Huntington Vermont
|Guess who is on the dog run!|
The course was very well marked and we had no trouble navigating it. We took it nice and easy and I just tried to picture how the race might play out. The first climb looked fast (too fast for me) and the first descent looked to be the only one that was “tricky” with some of the steepest and roughest downhill. The second climb was the longest and steadiest and the downhill looked to be smokin’ fast. The final climb was tough! My goal would be to move up and hopefully run that final up/down fast enough to pass some people.
We headed back on race morning and it was already hopping! Great crowd! Always fun to see all the familiar faces from the series. I was mildly surprised to see teammates Jim Johnson and Kevin Tilton (I thought both would not be at the race). Then I saw Michael Quintal, Tim Mahoney, Ross Krause, and Martin Tighe. Wow, the
running team was out in full-force. CMS Mountain
We headed out onto the last 1.5 miles of the course and everyone got a chance to see that last 1.5 during our 3 mile warm-up. I switched into my Inov-8 shoes and headed out for another mile and some strides. I felt pretty good, but a bit nervous. The good field and worries about my calf had me on edge. Of course that all disappeared as we took off up the hill. I moved into the top 15 and felt like I was moving pretty quickly. It takes me a few minutes to find a rhythm and as the field strung out in front of me I found my pace and settled in. I only passed one guy on the climb (the very early leader) and hit the top of the 300 foot climb in 14th place.
I was very happy with the race, I’m not very good at up/down courses and I felt I gave a good effort over this course. It doesn’t help my lack of confidence for Wachusett (there will be some VERY lousy footing on that course), but I’ll keep my #1 goal in mind: Don’t get hurt!
1 7:16 +340
2 6:05 -500
3 9:06 +500
4 6:17 -330
5 8:13 -100 & +300
6 5:32 -300 & +100
|1||39:19||Joshua Ferenc||Saxons River||VT||M||30|
|2||40:24||Kevin Tilton||NORTH CONWAY||NH||M||30|
|8||42:38||Mike Quintal||North Andover||MA||M||34|
|9||42:46||Tim Van Orden||Bennington||VT||M||43|