Today’s race was a lot of fun. The weather was around 45 degress when we arrived at the start line. I didn’t feel like I had enough time to warm up. Plus, my last Gu shot was about 15 minutes later than it should have been.
Anyhow, as the race started, I began a little slower than I probably should. The first quarter mile was an uphill, so I didn’t want to start too quickly, especially since I hadn’t properly warmed up. After about the 1st mile, I settled into 4th place with a good pace. Between mile 1 and 2, I overcame the two in front of me to settle into 2nd. The 1st place gent, a 16 year old, was a good tenth of a mile or more in front of me and seemed to have a decent pace going. At mile 3, I was right behind him as he seemed to be losing steam. Knowing that I could overtake him, I decided to slow my pace and conserve my energy just a bit. This would prove to hurt my time and cause me to miss my goal finish time.
With a quarter-mile left, I picked up the pace and sprinted to the finish for 1st place. I calculated that I was 1:54 slower than what I should have finished. The two things that hurt was the slow start and conserving too much energy at the end. However, I finished 1st!