It was great to see Ryan and his family at the race.
My own Walleye was just about as I expected to run. I am hoping for big things this fall with my form change but I knew that at this race that my muscles were not yet strong enough to support the form change. Plus I knew that the heat could make things painful so I knew that I wanted to start conservative. We have had strange weather patterns with cool weather on weekdays on super hot on weekends so it has been a bit rough acclimatizing this year as Ryan explained. Plus as I am broad shouldered I hate the wind.
My main competitor took off super fast at the start and I knew to let her go. We have went back and forth over the years and have yet to meet up when we are both running our best and I knew that I was not any near my best yet this summer. By about 200 meters out I had a woman on each side of me. Both were wearing i pods. I quickly left them behind.
The rest of the race I just reeled in men that went out too fast or were suffering from the heat. It was odd to pass so many when I was slowing down myself due to the heat. I finished 2nd in 32:51 which while not spectacular is a start for short races for the year. The heat sucked the last mile but I really was not in the pain cave at all this race. I have not raced a short race for a year and I have to get back in the aggressive pain cave racing mode. I still feel like I am in half marathon mode.
Watching the little kids run was super cute. Billy (5) ran with the 6 and under boys for the 1/3 mile. The race had its usual carnage at the first turn but Billy was not involved in the pileup but he did stop to look. I noticed that when running he is much more focused on looking around than running fast. At home he seems to have a competitive drive when racing his sister to the door or end of the driveway but does not yet apply this to non -sister competitors.