|Super Bowl Sunday 10k|
Redondo Beach, CA - Jan. 30, 2000
Well it was finally time to race and after a little confusion on the
starting details they turned us loose on the streets, all of us at once!!
Well it was a scramble just to stay up but everyone seemed to know how to
deal with it and I didn't see or hear anyone fall. We all started out at a
moderate pace until the first right turn. It was up hill and everyone knows
that is the place to attack. We started to do a little weeding right there
and I saw Eddy, Dana Bergman, and Joe Flesher start to break away and
slowly fade into the distance. The pace line was still prety big at this
point and I had to start what little attack I had to get past the mob and up
to the next little pack.
I saw Julie Glass up ahead with Kim Derrick in tow and set my sights on
catching up to them. It wasn't too easy but eventually I found myself
draft-sucking off of them. I was quite content to be in the chase pack but
I didn't want to look back because the mob was right there and I didn't want
to burst my little bubble of excitement. There were 5 in our pack (Scott
Wolf, Mikael Weitz, Julie Glass, Kimberly Derrick and myself). Eventually
it came to my turn to pull and I happened to be pulling us right into the
part of the course where I got lost last year!! We have to make a right
turn into a parking lot and it is a little confusing with a street parallel
to it. Last year I ended up on the side walk because no one was directing
us, there was just cones everywhere. This year I had the pack breathing down
my neck and I couldn't shake my self off of the front (I hate that then that
happens :o) This time there was a guy standing in the street to show the
way and I had no trouble following his directions.
We quickly ended up along the coast and I pulled back to the rear. We
slowed down a little and I finally looked back. The second chase pack was
not too far behind us and they were gaining. I we picked up the pace a
little and kept them back. I did a little more pulling and fell back a
little up the last hill. On the level I caught back up.
As we neared the
top of the last downhill, I found myself a little in front. This was not
good... As I started down and 8 or 10 feet out in front, The rest of the
pack formed a tight pace line and came flying past me. I couldn't catch on
to it and I figured that I just "missed my train!" The finish is just a
short sprint past the bottom of the hill and even had I been in front at
that point I could see that I was out-gunned. I was happy with my finish
and even though the overall times don't look too impressive it was still a
great race. I send many thanks to Audrey for getting the whole thing going
and I heard that she will do it again next year!