Kevin tilton met up with me for a warm-up and I was surprised to find fellow teammates Chris Mahoney and Jim Johnson had shown up and bothe were interested in running the course. It had snowed the night before but the paved road was just wet. The dirt road was a mix of snowe, ice, dirt, and a little mud. It was manageable but you'd need to pick your spots.
I changed into racing gear and headed out for another mile with a ocuple of strides. Tim Cox bourght at least 10 kids to race including his son who'd set a single age world record at 5k a couple of years ago. The Coe-Brown kids sprinted out at the start. I got out okay in the top 20 and the first 400 meters had to be careful to not get behind any of the kids (when the sprint was over they sometimes come to a nearly complete stop). I had my garmin set to give me splits at each kilometer due o the nature of the coure and hit 1k in 3:20 which was basically what i hoped for. I was in 12th place at that point. Not much changed as the drop got a bit steeper and I split the 2nd K in 3:17. The third K drops even more drastically but the sharp turn onto the dirt road the the start of the climb can slow things down. I was surpirsed to run another 3:17 split as I moved up to 10th place. Then "WOW" you just hit the hill, the 200m form 3k to 2 miles took me 1:19 (10:30pace!). Two guys passed me on the climb as I passed a couple of guys as well. I wasn't thinking about place, just time. My fourth K was 4:47 (about 7:30 mile pace) which lost any chance of breaking 18:15. I didn't ease up and focused on Kevin who wasn't too far ahead. The downhill finish got me moving again but the final K of 3:31 brought me across the line in 18:22.
No complaints, I was pretty wiped at the finish with hands on knees for a solid minute. Ernie's sub 18 is something else! I hope to go back next year and take another shot at it. I got in a nice warm-down of the course (backwards this time) with KT and JJ. We stuck around for the awards that are always done efficeiently. I picked up a big jug of maple syrup for topping my age group.
On the way back South I couldn't resist a trip to Oak Hill (my favoriete fire tower) by then it was snowing pretty steadily. With Kahtoola's the trail was not bad. It was firmly packed and only rutted in a few spots. I as pretty beat up but enjoyed the slow (21 minutes up) jog to the tower. It was absolutely calm from the viewing platform but there was no view due to the snow. I didn't linger long befre and easy descent (18 minutes).
I finished the day with a trip to urgent care to get my jaw looked at. It was killing me for more than 24 hours and I was worried about flying. It turned out I'd dislocated it but got it back in so although it was/is quite painful there was nothing more that needed to be done.
Off to Florida!
1 1/3 MOPEN 17:12 5:33 Warren Bartlett 19 M 170 Loudon NH 2 2/3 MOPEN 17:22 5:36 Jim Johnson 39 M 185 Madison NH 3 3/3 MOPEN 17:29 5:38 Chris Mahoney 39 M 243 4 1/18 M0114 17:42* 5:42 Aidan Cox 11 M 270 Northwood NH 5 1/17 M4049 18:00 5:48 Matt Sawyer 43 M 248 Eliot ME 6 1/18 M2029 18:02 5:49 Sean McCauley 25 M 29 Canterbury NH 7 1/13 M3039 18:07 5:50 Kevin Tilton 35 M 244 Conway NH 8 1/23 M5059 18:22 5:55 Dave Dunham 52 M 281 Bradford MA 9 2/13 M3039 18:26 5:56 Richie Spitsberg 31 M 230 Manchester NH 10 2/18 M0114 18:48 6:03 Luke Tkaczyk 13 M 239
1 8 18:22 Dave Dunham 52 M 281 Bradford MA
2 13 19:08 Mark Hecox 52 M 249 Salem NH 3 17 19:43 Darin Brown 50 M 181 Madison NH 4 38 22:35 Chris Carson 51 M 246 Billerica MA 5 66 24:56 Michael Clark 59 M 23 Bow NH 6 75 25:45 Timothy Chrysostom 50 M 203 Canterbury NH 7 77 25:49 Mike Lacasse 59 M 225 8 81 26:10 William McCann 54 M 276 Bow NH 9 87 26:42 Stuart Siegler 56 M 103 Alton Bay NH
10 97 28:01 Richard Berube 53 M 41 Bow NH