I changed gears this year for Ice Age and decided to try and air one out at the Bear Trax 20k. I seldom race, so I figured since it was on trails I run on it would be a great tune-up. It is a challenging course with plenty of hills and was supremely marked by Robert.
I just charged out and was surprised I had settled into 3rd place by the 1st kilometer. I just kept pushing and after about 7-8k didn't see anyone behind me. Perhaps I should have kept better track because suddenly at 18k a guy who I have finished within 1-2 spots over 10 years was on me. I kept clost to 19k, but Ted Shue was way too much for me over the last 1k putting 17 seconds on me. Man did he look good doing it. I finished 4th in 1:24:03 and was happy with that. My goal was to go under 1:25.
I'll just hobby jog around the next two weeks and see what the 50 mile has in store. I'm glad I did it because I learned a few things.