We had four guys yesterday, but needed five to score a team—however, they could have counted me two times, since I am more than twice the age of any of the other three.
Twenty-four year old Jerzy Eisenberg-Guyot placed 30th in this combined championship of the USATF and the NACAC mountain championship. The second acronym stands for North American, Central American, and Caribbean championships. The race started after the runners took the ski mountain’s chair lift to the start at the top. I rode up with Chris Hine and his new bride Katie, both of whom had never ridden a chairlift before. I suppose it is disconcerting to have your legs dangling over the forest. But that was the easy part. Jerzy took 1:08:03 for the 12 km course and Chris 1:10:59 and Connor Rose, 1:11:30 for places 30, 35, and 37.
The course started a little below the peak to allow the pack to thin over the crest past the chairlift and what would be the finish line before descending an expert downhill slope. The trip to the bottom went as fast as your legs could take you or you would dare the balance of gravity and friction. The footing flashed past offering slick grass, little rolling rocks, big rocks that did not move, great slabs of solid, slick, wet rock, and deep, stinky mud. The uphill forced the winner to average only 7:33 per mile. It would have been interesting if a cop had used a radar gun to see how fast these daring young men flew down the mountain.
I ran 1:37:31 for 118th place out of about 200 starters and 4th 60-64 year-old. As I type this my quads are more sore than they have ever been after any marathon.
Cool running has the results: here.