Thinking about getting back into the swing of endurance I decided that I might as well go over the courses for a couple of upcoming races. Check out headfirstperformance.com to get more details on these races or to register.
On Friday Steven Zehnder and I set out to complete the course for the 3rd race in the Shelbyville Triathlon Series that will take place on April 9th.
The swim of course is just the same as any indoor pool swim. The water is 82 degrees and wet. There are no major hills. What else is there to say. There were only 2 open lanes so we used them both to practice going under the lane lines at the end of every lap of the pool. Although it was only my third time in a pool in over a year it seems kind of a waste of time to change your clothes just to swim 400yds.
After we left the pool we jumped on our bikes to check out the bike course. For those that have done the first two races, it is important to note that the bike course is different for race 3. On the good side you get to see more of Shelby County and there is more varied terrain. The negative of the course is that there are a couple of intersections that require more caution than on the first 2 races.
Overall the course is in great shape. There were no major potholes. The mild winter weather helped in that regard. There was also no areas with lots of gravel or other debris. Unless we have a major rain this week that washes out driveways we should be golden for next weekend. I will have a broom handy when marking the course just in case.
The run is the same 5K as the last race. There are a few rolling hills in the first half mile of the run followed by a half mile of flat to very slightly downhill. Around .8 or .9 you will take a right into a gravel parking lot to get onto the paved bike trail. As soon as you hit this bike trail there is a nice downhill followed by a narrow bridge across the creek. Be carefull and respectfull of those heading the other way on this bridge. The final half mile to the turn around isflat and fast. he course is out and back, so I won’t give any details on the return trip other than to say that nice downhill I mentioned on the way out is not so nice of an uphill on the way back..
On Sunday Cynthia and I ventured to Otter Creek to run the course for the Otter Night Run on May 27th. This is a great race where you can run distances ranging from 8.5 miles to almost 35 miles. There is also great camping, storytelling, cooking out, and some adult beverages.
For the first loop we stayed on course so I could post some data for all of you that care about that stuff. After that we ran, took photos, explored, and had a great day. In the end we covered 20 miles.
If you have never ran at Otter Creek. It is a great trail. For the average runner there are only one or two hills you may consider walking. The rest of the course is very runnable. I don’t consider myself in the best of shape yet, but could more than likely run the entire loop once. If I knew there were a second loop coming I would need to walk a couple of hills, each lap. For those that may have done any races at Jefferson Memorial this trail is mush easier.
You could not ask for a better day to be out running these trails. The weather was perfect. Flowers were blooming all along the course and it is early enough in the year where weeds were not hanging over the trail. Much of the trail runs along Otter Creek and the Ohio River. There were many folks out fishing and families just enjoying the day. This was the best day of running I have had in years. Following it up with Mexican food, a trip to the hydro massage bed at the gym, and then some ice cream just made it that much better.