For the past few months during the triathlon off-season, I’ve been drawn to running and biking outdoors in trails around the area to just “have fun”. I knew I needed a break from racing and simply enjoying being outside, and the time I’ve spent since the purchase of my new 2016 Scott Scale 930 Mountain Bike has made me feel like a kid again as if I were riding through the neighborhood “dirt trails” exploring new areas that have yet been charted (at least before they were destroyed for new home development). It seems to me I have a new calling to be out in the woods, so you are going to see a lot more of trail Ride / Run (Xterra) posts for 2017.

But today… it’s New Years Day! What better way to spend the time than with a little run in the woods with friends and family. Somehow I was able to convince the entire family to join me out in the woods to participate in Rev3 Adventure Adventure Enablers - 2017 Resolution Trail Run. There were three distance options to choose from: 10k, 5k, and 1-Mile Fun Run. The whole family had a blast. I wish I could have seen Colleen and the boys take off for their 1-Mile run as the photographs tell the story their group had the best time.

As for my performance, I did well for not training and eating too much junk food the past couple of months. I’ve ridden Conway Robinson State Forest Park a couple of times on my mountain bike, so I was familiar with the trail and knew where it would be technical for foot placement along where some slick wet/mud areas would show up. I was doing well until the 2.5 mile mark where there is a continuous uphill climb that caught me by surprise, thus I didn’t adjust my stride like I should have and peaked really high on my heart rate at 186 bpm.

I hope throughout the year I’ll be able to convince them to join me in other outdoor “adventures”.

Race Results

5k Rankings

  • Overall: Placed 6th out of 97
  • Gender: Placed 6th out of 34
  • Male 36-56: Placed 2nd out of 10

Race Results details are now available.

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