Monday, February 12, 2007

1st place with aviators and a de soto trucker hat

Me and 5K's have a little bit of history.

The first time I ran one, it kicked my ass.

Actually, I kicked my own ass.

My original plan was to start slow, and build. In reality, I started way too fast, and finished way too slow.

That was then, this is now, and I can now claim victory against the 5K.

Sunday, February 11th was the San Dieguito Half Marathon/5K. I had a few friends who were doing the half, but I opted for the 5K. I heard it was a challenging 5K due to hills, and I welcomed the challenge.

It was a misty morning, and nice and cool - high 50's - perfect running weather. I did plenty of warm up, and ended up catching up with fellow teammates Greg Kurras and Mary Shvodian. It helped raise my energy level, which was good, because I honestly wasn't that pumped for it. My warm up was kinda sluggish, and I honestly didn't feel like running.

There was the official "3....2....1..... GO!" and off we went.

I was determined to stick with my original plan of starting at a moderate pace, and finish strong. I did just that. Greg and I did the first 3/4 of a mile or so. We were passed by a few people, but having been there before, I opted not to create friendly comeptition.

Then I started to pick it up. I got in my little trance. I started to focus. I got my little metronomic rhythym. Then all the sudden...

tick, tick, tick

I was passing people. One by one, tick by tick. I was starting to get encouraged. As the minutes went on, I was passing more people, and then finally I got to the bottom of the hill started at mile 2.25. It was definitely a respectable hill to finish the race in. I started the ascent, and the ticks kept coming..

As I saw the finish line, I started strategizing where to drop the hammer. I was about 100 -150m out, and then I picked it up. I saw about 3 people in front of me, and thought "there is no way I can pass them in this limited space". I felt like Macca chasing down Stadler (only of extremely small proportions). I picked it up even more. I got in my typical "long stride look like I am about to bust a gut "form.

And I passed them all. I came tearing past the finish line, barely able to stop in the 50m allotment for slowing down.

I waited for Greg Kurras at the finish, and we hung out for a while afterwards, grabbing all the free stuff we could. We were enjoying our chili under the pavillion, and they started with awards ceremony. I thought "there is no way that I won my age division, but I'd be curious to see what the winning time was". When I heard the times of people who won previous age divisions, I thought of the saying "no way in hell". But then they announced the Men's 25-29 age group. The #2 person had a 21:52.

I said to myself "wait, I thought I got better than that". and then BAM "And #1 - RYAN DENNER!"

HOLY!

Wow.

I know it's a long post, but this was multiple victories for me:

* I actually came in first place in a race! I don't care if it wasn't the fastest 5K out there, a win is a win!
* I stuck with the plan! Start slow/moderate and build. It seemed to have worked wonders.
* I was able to take off a full 2 minutes off my thanskgiving day 5K on a harder course!
* I won by 1 second!!
* I did it all in aviators and a de soto trucker hat!

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What is the significance of the aviators and a de soto trucker hat?

I was partly motivated by a post on slowtwitch.com forums:

"At Alcatraz I was going out on the run, trying to beat the band to catch my wife who had about a minute on me by then. I am about a 1/2 mile away from the transition area and here comes this buff looking dude. He is prety much flying. Bare in mind, this guy is a 1/2 mile from the finish line and I am a 1/2 mile into the run. So basically he has a 7 mile lead on me. The dude is the same age as me. It was Emilio DeSoto of DeSoto Sports. He is wearing one of those gawd-awful, dorky "DeSoto" trucker caps. Those must be cool in California. Anyway. "

Who does that? Who wears aviators? Who wears a trucker hat? What triathlon company makes a trucker hat?

De Soto Triathlon company, and its president have inspired me!'
Thank you emilio!

4 comments:

Luke Walton said...

Congratulations, buddy! Great running over the weekend. And, you did it all in style... I, myself, am a big fan of the trucker hat/aviator sunglasses combo.

Jay said...

Yeah... dont stop being stylish cuz some tool bag from the midwest says trucker hats aren't cool.

Tri-ing to Find a Cure! said...

haha! you look like a famous movie star running in disguise!
can i have your autograph?

Anonymous said...

hahahah congrats what a great fit well love the Aviator Sunglasses not sure about the trucker hat.