Bradbury went really well. I really just wanted to go out really hard like I did last year, but it was just some nasty humid weather and just jogging around beforehand made me not want to race. Instead I ran in the pack for the start which sucked because you cannot see the ground and I just felt awful in the heat. By the mile I was in 4th place and was about 50 meters behind 3rd. During that time both Ross and Andy S. got on Kevin's shoulder before Kevin got away from them. I kind of just stayed real patient and let the course do the work because by the time we'd started to climb Summit I was with Ross and if anything I was too patient because I waited until about halfway up to go by. Series speaking, Ross was number 2 and although I had planned on running away from the start, I'd been the one early on to get dropped and I was marking him to make sure if I did go by he couldn't cover the move. Then I knew Eric who was 3rd in the series wasn't far back. Went by Ross and up past the summit onto the tote road I could see Andy S. 100 meters up. I didn't feel super good, but somehow I was catching him too and once we made the final push to the top of switchback I kind of got up along side Andy, then didn't go by, although I could, but I also didn't want to make a weak move, so I backed off and let the hill do some more work. Then just before switchback I went by. At first I thought Kevin was long gone but he was only a switchback in front so that motivated me to push, but really with the heat and over a lap to go I needed to be patient.
Going into the boundary trail I'd get a little closer and then some seperation would happen, but overall I was gaining, slowly. It was close enough so sometimes I wanted to sprint for 30 seconds and close the gap down, but I knew with the heat and the hills as soon as I tried to make that move, if I could that I'd have nothing left and he'd just get away, so I had to be patient and pace myself I guess. It got pretty close by the end but Kevin won by 7-8 seconds. Although I'd prefer to win it was nice to have him to pull me along to more time over the series contenders. I always like to win, but it was really nice to get pushed and pulled along by all those guys. Last years race was pretty perfect in the way I was able to run it, almost 5 minutes faster, by myself, but I'm actually happier with my effort today because I had to claw my way back into the race when at the mile mark I felt so bad I thought I'd be in 5th place soon if I don't get back into things. As it was Eric and Andy K. caught Ross. It was a pretty stacked race. Andy K almost got himself into second in the series by finishing ahead of Eric and Eric has moved up into second by a mere 11 seconds over Andy with Ross now 4th in the series about 40 seconds back from Eric. It's been an exciting series and hopefully Kevin can run all three races next year and these younger guys will only get better. I doubt it will be a cakewalk to win the series next year. I've got enough time banked now that unless I really hurt myself in the final race that it should be wrapped, but you never know. Still athough I say I'm not going to try and chase Kevin at the 12 miler, I'm so competitive that I probably will, plus I'd love to win more than one race in the series if I'm going to win the series. Beating Kevin on the east side will be tough, but as he knows, I'll try which is what's so great about competing. Hopefully I will not fall about 10 times like last year, but I probably will on the east side. I fell once in the 6 miler, zero times today. I just love the mountain side.
About 12 minutes for my warmup, 9 mile race, 1:03:38, then 19 minute cool down with Kevin.
Autumn finished so she's one race away from being a Bad ass. Acidotic had some good runs, Leslie won the race for the women, Gary R. Won the 70+ age cat., and Michael ran aR. As always the Trail monsters put on a great event and My prize today was just what I needed for the ultra this fall, a water belt. I never thought about carrying water before, cool idea. I may use it for some long training runs I've got planned on MDI. Being the first full week of running I've had since May I think I can be ready for the 50k in October.
33 minutes on the spin bike in the PM to get some blood flowing to the legs.