|Graphic: Inside Trail Racing|
At the top of the climbing runners cruise by the Pantoll parking lot and run out to the 1st aid station called Cardiac, so named for the inevitable event that will take place upon climbing up to this location. I made it up to and through that aid station in just under 45 mins. That's a long time to cover 3.7 miles but not bad considering the elevation. Next we will run down the other side of the mountain and then circum-navigate the base and climb back up on yet another face of the mountain.
|Cardiac Aid Station|
|Me on the Coast View Trail 2012|
I reached the top and ran passed the Cardiac Aid Station just as Andrew was leaving. I passed by with an urgency to get this race over with. I could smell the finish line from 3 miles out and I wanted this to be done so I hustled down the Dipsea Trail as fast as I could. Most of this trail is made up of very steep stairs made out of old rail road ties cut into the hillside. The wood is rotted and the dirt is eroding and the footing is treacherous. All I could think about was falling again and what that would feel like. Talk about paranoia!!! I made it down the quad pounding stairs and struggled to run the rolling hills that started my morning off. I crossed the finish line in 4:03:59. VERY close to my predicted goal. Raf was 10 minutes ahead of me and apparently he fell too or he would have come in even faster. Andrew was right on my heels with a 4:10 finish and Tom was soon to follow with a fast finish and an oddly fresh look on his face. I think we all felt good about our performances that day!!!
|Good as new!!!|