The weekend started for our team of 17 on Saturday morning (unless you count meetings Friday night) at 7 am with the first of 17 relay legs that take the team around the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton. This trail is a tad hilly with 4 mountains and loads of coastal roadway. The scenery is amazing and world Famous :)
After the kids went to their Grammy's house Friday Scott and I were free to take off Saturday morning when we were ready. The day didnt start the weekend well; I woke early with a cold. The weather was great tho and I got my run in then we eventually got the car packed and got going :)
It ended at the Lakes Cafe, 15.5 km later.
We drove to Cape Breton and started our trip around the Cabot Trail from the opposite end of the relay start; we wanted to check out my stretch of road, leg 15. It was supposed to be a relatively easy leg, 15.48 km and only some hills. It was, mostly up hills but few steep ones and mostly rolling hills and long gradual slopes.
Not a lot of time to warm up after waiting in a really long line for some reallllly nasty portapotties :/ I ran a few paces and jumped a lot. I stripped to a long sleeve shirt over my tshirt and the tights and left the gloves. Good choice. Then it was time to line up and we were off.
Hill first thing and of course things start off quickly. But the small group of 69 strings out into single file quickly. Before long there are few people nearby. Its good. I was really missing my Ipod for pacing but since these public roads are still open to traffic it's an important rule to leave the noise makers behind. Pace was pretty fast for the first 1.5 km then people seemed to settle.
I realised within about 4 minutes I had made a mistake with the running tights. Are not supposed to try anything new on race day DUH. The tights were new; but I had tried them on and run a little bit in them and they seemed fine. I guess "really" running is different; I quickly realised they were not going to stay up and settled continuously somewhere around mid hip...letting it all hang out is not something Im all that fond of. They dragged my unders with it; I spent the entire time hauling them up. UGH not a gooooood thing! UGH. Lesson learned.
Anyway...;) got to 2-3 km and settled into a pace; I had lots of people in front of me but also lots behind me so I relaxed and just went along at what I hoped remained a nice sub-6 minute/km pace; Im just not fast! lol I was however not really labouring so it seemed comfortable. I was managing the hills without much loss of speed, just increased the effort to remain very steady. It worked well.
Walked a few steps at the water stop to swallow an energy bean but I never seem to manage this very well LOLOLOL I only had one....pretty useless I think.