Portland, Oregon XC Race - Fall 2009
In California, yesterday, we had none of that. The USATF Pacific Association XC season starts early in NorCal with race number one on the campus of UC Santa Cruz. The race started and finished in a dusty field surrounded by tall coastal pine trees and featured a somewhat hilly 4 mile loop on wide, rocky dirt roads. Not exactly classic grassy XC but more like a nice trail race.
Since I'm recovering from an injury my expectations for todays race were low. Goals: have fun, don't get hurt, go out slow, see what happens. I still don't know most runners in the masters field but I didn't see old guy speedsters Jaime Heilpern and Brian Pilcher.....so that was helpful.
Ready to race in Santa Cruz, CA
I'm happy to get the win but more pleased to be able to run 5:45 pace on 25 miles per week. 150 miles a week of cycling certainly helps bridge the gap but I'll need to work the mileage up and hit the track to be competitive with Jamie or Brian.......assuming they're not also injured. Getting old sucks.
Race results have been posted here.