I am probably equally as excited as I am clueless about what to expect for the race Sunday morning.
It is the same Mountain as last Saturday - yet it is so completely different: course, climb, setting etc.
For comparison purposes....
PP Ascent: 13.31 miles
Road Ascent: 11.6 miles
PP Ascent: 7815' climb
Road Ascent: 3675' climb
PP Ascent: First mile or so, paved road, rest Mountain trail
Road Ascent: First 10 miles or so, paved road, last bit dirt road
PP Ascent: 1700+ finishers
Road Ascent: Capped at 700 entrants
PP Ascent: my finish time 3:49 and change
Road Ascent: I have no idea but guessing around 2 1/2 hours?
At the same on time this Sunday as the running race is taking place, cyclists are riding from Manitou Springs up the highway, past us runners all the way to the Summit. The road is closed for all other traffic (aside from support vehicles). Curious as to when the bikers start passing.
I feel a little like I stole my result from last Saturday. Less then 40 miles of running training over a 2 1/2 week period. It's not that I am now overconfident for this Sunday, but I am half expecting the wheels to fall off - big time.
I'll attempt to start off slow again, the first 1/3rd of the course is quite steep, the last 1/3rd is also. The middle section is actually quite flat around the reservoir - so I'll try to run that well and if I have anything to push the last 4 miles or so.