Is it too early to visualize the race?

July 24, 2008

So this is where you’ll all think I’m weirder than you already do. If you look at the CIM elevation profile you’ll notice there’s a decent amount of up and down even though the course is 340 ft downhill overall.

Around mile 11 at CIM is probably the “longest steep” decline in the race, followed by an equally steep uphill. If you’re wondering what that decline would feel like for those in Team Rogue running 16 on Thursday in the morning it’s a little steeper than the hill we’ll run down on 35th after passing Exposition. That steep uphill might on the CIM course might actually be almost exactly like running from the corner of 35th and Pecos to 35th and Exposition which we’ve all done many times (I’ll sure I made error in all this). Now that’s all according to a rough look at the CIM elevation profile and also the gmap-pedometer Ruth sent us for our run on 7/24:

The CIM course has some even steeper but shorter spots on the course. Since there are so many rolling hills we run in Austin it’s a nice opportunity for us to get a feel for what the different parts of the course at CIM will feel like. For me a very steep down hill doesn’t necessarily mean I can use that for all the speed because of the pounding on the quads, and then since there are some steep uphills I do need to get used to pushing a little harder on them than I like to now before it’s too late.

In the past I’ve enjoyed making elevation adjusted estimates on paces for Boston and the ever changing Austin marathons. I think I might need to try and do that CIM in a few weeks to see how I would break this race into parts and start gearing up and preparing for that over the last 10 weeks leading up to the race.


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