Area – Deep Creek, MD is gorgeous (and hilly)
Course – Ohhh, it’s “savage”, alright
Volunteers – they are all so nice and wonderful
Racers – they are also, surprisingly, nice
Post-race grub – Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream? Yes, I will!
The water was very cold, even with my full body wetsuit, so it took my body and breathing a good 15 minutes to adjust. Another factor contributing to the breathing problem: I had not been swimming since EagleMan in June. Talk about a 4-month shocker. Overall, felt good (all thing considered) coming out of the water.
For 2010, the course architect changed the bike course. It’s hard to say which course was harder – both have massive hills and challenging climbs. Bumblebee Mountain has an elevation gain of some 450 feet in a very short period of time. It’s not easy stuff. However, the best part about the bike course, and what keeps me going, are the motivating signs. And by motivating, I mean hilarious and sometimes, down-right mean (in a funny way). Here’s a few of my favorites:
“Outta Gears? Outta Luck!”
“Don’t you wish you had a 3rd ring, now?”
“Kyle Yost, Course Architect: 202-248-XXXX”
“You’re not almost there”
And, to make matters even worse (or better?), spectators are dressed in devil costumes. Not. Even. Kidding.
I love this race!!
I felt strong coming off the bike – and even for the 1st 2 miles. But, around mile 2, something funny started happening with my right foot. It fell asleep and did not want to wake-up. (Has this ever happened to anyone??!) I ran/walked the last 4 miles with a prickly foot. It was painful. Overall time, not terrible – I’ll take it, prickly foot and all.
Run: 52:52 (8:30 pace)
Total Time: 2:51:10
Overall, I had a great day and enjoyed the race. It was fun to see BJ and a few friends along the course. I actually PR’ed – I’m using this term very loosely – from last years race (2:51:21) – but with little-to-no-training I’m happy I was even able to do that. 2011 – you’ve got yourself a rematch! Plus, I’m going back for mint chocolate chip ice cream.
Total Time: 2:51:10
In 2008 I finished Savageman in 3:06:32; 4th place for Women 25-29
In 2009 I finished SavageMan in 2:51:21, 4th place for Women 25-29
In 2010 I finished the race in 2:51:10, 4th place for Women 25-29
(with no training, and by “no”, I do mean NO)
It looks like like I’m destined to be 4th. Maybe if I train for SavageMan 2011, I’ll come back better than ever and maybe, just maybe, place 3rd!