Sunday August 21st was the inaugural Rock The Road 10K. The day started with lots of humidity but no sun and nearly 300 runners on the starting line. With a $3500 purse available the field was fast. What was also fast was the insane downhill start. Somebody should have requested the first band on the course to play Bruce Coburn's - If I had a Rocket Launcher. So many people were checking their watches at the one kilometer mark and downshifting their pace. My watch beeped off the first klick in 4:03, I smirked knowing that I’d started the watch well before crossing the timing mat.
|Rock the Road 10K Elevation|
|Rock the Road Map|
The section along Regent Street flew by and in no time I was cruising down the hill on William at Cowbell Curve and the 5K mark. Runners Feed Coach Guy Shultz was standing in front of the race clock, he looked at me, then back at the clock and incredulously back at me. The clock showed elapsed time of around 21:30 (my watch was 21:19). I had just PB'd my 5K time by over 20 seconds!
The second half of the course is technically a bit more challenging. While the first half of the race is an amazingly fast net downhill, the second half is a sneaky continuous climb all the way back to the finish.
|Hatless at 7km|
|Missed It By That Much|
|Rock & Roll|
It seemed like it took forever for Sportstats to print out the results. I shattered my goal. Chip time was 43:24.9. A three minute PB and that my Friends truly Rocks the Road!!
|Are you kidding me?|