Saturday, July 18, 2009

5 Peaks 2009 - RattleSnake Point Enduro

Bang! the right side of my face, shoulder and knee landed on the wet board... I stood up, it's dark in the woods, the board walk was wet and slippery after the thunder storm. I managed to keep up with all the muddy trail and jumped over countless slippery rocks, but the boardwalk took me down, this is rattlesnake enduro.

Weather forecast said it is going to rain, it wasn't until I got to Milton then it started to rain and lightening as well. We stood in the rain waiting to check-in and pick up the race kit. They have annouced due to lighenting the race is delayed for 30mins and if the lightening kept on going till certain time, then the race would be cancelled. It didn't look good at all as it was pouring, but it didn't last long and lightening stopped, just before the race started the sky was clear.

So I've heard rattlesnake is the most difficult out of 5peaks in southern Ontario region, it is a rocky trail. It wasn't exactly as I expected, or I would say I have under estimated how a rocky trail would be like. The thunder shower made the terrain even more challenging, where the rocky parts were slippery and the rest were no better as it was muddy. It was difficult to run on rocks, you need to determine the nexy steatdy rock with the right size for your foot to land on, so from time to time I would have to jump instead of run. In trail run it makes more sense to change your pace according to the terrain rather than keeping a consistent pace, which makes a bit difficult to keep track how well you are doing in a race, but I believe I was keeping up with a reasonable pace as I have been passing people with exception of a few sport course racers that passed me. Approaching 6k mark, there were a few enduro runner turning back, not sure if they were injuried or changed their mind decided to finish the sport course instead, not surprised due to the condition... Things were going well other than my legs seem to be a bit sore since the beginning of the race, probably the after effect of running faster than my normal pace in indy 2.8k two days ago. For a while the runners in front of me were pulling away and the ones behind me were drifting away, I was running by myself and entered the board walk area. I totally didn't pay attention how slippery the board can be, I've avoided falling on the mud and rocks, but the next thing I know I fell on the board walk, and landed on my face too! I stood up and wiped my face, no blood that was a good thing. The runners behind me were approching into my sight, I guess they didn't see my embrarrassing moment. I started running again, I was fine util a little later I felt the sharp pain in my calves... I knew what was going on from the midsummer night 30k experience last year, if I kept on going at the same or faster pace, my calves would be screaming and cramping all the way. From that point, I took a little easy, I ran a bit slower and walk some of the hills... I stay on the right side when it's a double track and let some runners to pass me... I've decided to go easy until the 12k mark, the give it all on the last 700-800m. I wasn't sure if I missed read the 12k mark or the 12k marker was misplaced... It didn't feel like a 700m as my split was only 1:07 min!!! There was no way I would be able to run 700m in that time, that's some world record... I sprint to the finish and passed the only guy in front of me around 200m before the finish, sorry I didn't mean to pretend to go slow and then out kick someone like that but it was to prevent my calves from cramping and also to give it all with a safer distance remaining in the race. However, just as I was bursting into all out speed, my calves started to seized up, I had to slow down to the finish line.

This time I stayed till the end of the event, just hoping to win a lucky draw. The post race events were fun, they were giving out those cool Salomon trail running shoes, there were push-up and orange eating contests.  Lots prizes for the draw, then the lucky ones get to pick stuff off the prizes table. Finally, my number was called! I picked a nice Salmon cap, forget about the race result, I was a happy guy.

Race result wasn't that bad, still somehow able to pull an above average overall ranking. Can't wait for the next 5peak race - next prize draw!!! :-)

Something weird about the race result, on the race day it was:
142/298     1:16:20.6
a week later...
141/301     1:17:295

1.0 05:47.83 05:47.83 05:47.83 178 05:47.83
2.0 04:48.08 04:48.08 05:17.96 179 10:35.91
3.0 05:40.87 05:40.87 05:25.59 181 16:16.78
4.0 05:13.35 05:13.35 05:22.53 182 21:30.13
5.0 07:09.70 07:09.70 05:43.97 183 28:39.83
6.0 07:13.12 07:13.12 05:58.83 182 35:52.95
7.0 05:44.70 05:44.70 05:56.81 172 41:37.65
8.0 05:57.03 05:57.03 05:56.84 179 47:34.68
9.0 08:05.90 08:05.90 06:11.18 182 55:40.58
10.0 05:29.05 05:29.05 06:06.96 179 01:09.63
11.0 06:55.83 06:55.83 06:11.41 178 01:08:05
12.0 07:07.74 07:07.74 06:16.10 179 01:15:13
12.7 01:07.20 01:41.82 06:01.80 185 01:16:20

141/301 FELIX WU THORNHILL 9577 1:17:29.5 6:07 M30-39 42/64


chris mcpeake said...

congrats on a great race. Nice report. Wish I had done this race but was Sold out before I had a chance to register.

Fox said...

I went to Rattlesnake Point for hiking, man it's really a tough trail for a run, so much rocks and up/down hills. But it's a beautiful trail, I would go back again this fall for leafs colour seeing