Cheyenne Mountain 25k Trail Race
16.8 miles, 2,146' gain/loss
When I first heard of this new race at CMSP, my initial reaction was one of skepiticism. After all, two other races (Xterra Marathon and Fall Series) just sprung up in the park within the past two years. The amount of trails in the park are limited, so there was nothing new here as far as I was concerned. However, the timing of the race was good - Collegiate Peaks falls two weeks later - so I signed up for the 25k a couple of months ago.
|Cheyenne Mtn 25k (looking south)|
- Easy up the initial climbs (miles 1-4 or so)
- Move into a better position on the north loop's descent (miles 5-8)
- Crank up Talon on the south loop (miles 9-12)
- See where I stood at the top of Talon. Shut it down a little if possible (miles 13 - finish)
Once I hit the long downhill from the top of Talon all the way to the finish, I couldn't see them anymore. I knew I was sitting on a very large lead over 4th. And frankly, I had worked my tail off to get up the hill. So, I just shut it down into a doable gear and coasted home. I was able to catch a peek of Peter and Tommy one last time just before the finish, and they had re-opened about a 90 second lead on me again. The last few miles were relaxed and comfortable, and I began looking ahead to the looming 50-miler. A nice touch was finishing in 1:59...it just sounds so much better than 2:00. The 25k ended up being a good 16.78 miles on my watch. Luckily, I was familiar enough with CMSP to know well before the finish that it was running quite long.
Mile splits: 7:52, 7:16, 7:13, 7:45, 7:38, 6:19, 6:34, 6:23, 7:07, 7:10, 8:07, 8:05, 6:37, 6:45, 6:45, 6:59, 6:02
I'll leave this entry on a light note. Let the good times roll say the twenty year olds.