Most of the snow has gone and now it's time to get down to some racing business. The season starts on Sunday for me at the B&A 1/2 Marathon down on the B&A trail in Severna Park. This has worked out being the season opener for me the past few years and gives a good early season test of the run fitness. It comes just two weeks before the National Marathon and so should give a great idea of a target time for the marathon.
Back in October I set a PR in the Pittsburgh 1/2 marathon and that came off the back of some limited run training at the end of a rest period. That time was 1hr 18mins 34secs and so I hoping to beat that.....probably not by much but hopefully. The B&A is normally a relatively competitive field and I am looking forward to a good fast race.
The only trouble is that it is a full field at just over 1,000 runners and if you have ever been on the B&A trail, it isn't that wide when the course is an out and back. Coming back from the turnaround is interesting to say the least with a huge pack of runners coming towards you.....perhaps carrying a bell will help!!!!
- Perfect day out on the trails yesterday on the @alchemybicycles at #schaefferfarms . . . . . . #IFB #parvillacycles #MTB #xterratriathlon #mtbracing #marathonmtb
- Wilderness 101 2019......hot, hot, hot
- Still reflecting on @gravel_worlds from this past weekend. 150miles of primo gravel in Lincoln NE with 10,000ft of climbing. It was hard but I went for it and utimately paid the price in the last hour when I cracked, really cracked. Crawled to the finish just over 9hrs after starting.....but yes it was fun! . . . . . #gravelworlds #gravelride #IFB #parvillacycles #cycling #vandessel #lincoln
- Kind of a rough day at 6hrs at Woodstock. First 3.5 hrs were fine (even with a 10min stop for horses on the trail) and then stomach shut down. Probably related to stomach bug earlier in the week. Decided not to head out for another lap. Great trails though and a good race from Joe's Bike Shop as always. 📸: @dchammerette . . . . #6HAW #parvillacycles #mtbracing #mtbmarathon #IFB #patapsco #mtb