Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Diablo 25k

I usually am quick to write race reports, but I guess I've been slacking. Work is insanely busy. I finally decided that I should not be working six days a week. Yay to having Wednesdays off starting next week. Ok so back to Saturday June 6th. My friend Ricardo picked me up and we headed to Diablo. I was super excited for him. It was his first trail run (which I told him to sign up for over and over again until he did). I myself, kept yawning, and honestly wanted to go home and go back to bed. I got my number and meet a few fellow La Sportiva teammates, Keri Nelson, Lisa Goldsmith, and Tom Borschel, for the first time. Overall, I felt more nervous for this race, partly because I haven't done a shorter trail run in awhile. Plus with Ohlone six days prior and then missing two consecutive nights of sleep due to a birth, I wondered how my body and mind would hold up. About 30 minutes into the race, I thought about stopping and walking back to the start. Of course, I didn't. I kept climbing even though it was hard. My poor climbing legs are like, "what the fuck lady, when will it end?" I reminded my legs that they were made to climb and that they just needed to get me to the top of Diablo. And, they did. I enjoyed the downhill and the views. I finished first woman and set a course record, 2:16:46. Keri Nelson was second in 2:22:26. Ricardo finished his first 8k and came in 13th overall (46:41), congrats! Geez, did I forget how hard those shorter trail runs can be! I'll be heading off to Colorado to partake in another one of La Sportiva's Mountain Cup events in July. Looking forward to spending a week out there and meeting some folks.


(Photo courtesy of Dwight Morejohn. Ironically, I was walking right before he shot this photo.)

For a more detailed report of Saturday click here.

11 comments:

Buzz said...

A remarkable effort on tired legs!

You're in 2nd place in the Mountain Cup, which would earn $2,500 if held to the end of the season ... maybe you'd like to travel this summer? :-)

http://www.mountainrunning.com/mc/

David Ray said...

Another race. Another win. Another course record. (yawn) :)

Impressive how you run through the low spots. And that's a beautiful shot of you coming up the hill. Props to the photographer.

wcaitlin said...

Thanks Buzz. Yes, I am thinking traveling this summer would be fun :)! David, I know boring huh? I think that is why I had a hard time writing this report... who wants to hear the same old, same old?

Devon said...

I love that you were like, "I think I'll quit" and then set the course record instead. You amaze me! Congrats!

Jordan (Diane for you pre-2003 folks) said...

Yes, I am with Devon. If you had not set a course record I could make fun of your chicken wings in that picture! What kind of form is that??!! Just Kidding. Way to go as always :-)
I am so happy for Ricardo too!

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Gary Robbins said...

You're awesome! Congrats on another incredible race! So, you gonna make it up to B.C. this summer? You can show me how to run the local trails:)
GR

Suz said...
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Suz said...

It may seem boring, but I appreciate having routine excuses to pop open the bubbly -- yawn, time to toast another Caitlin win...

wcaitlin said...

Hey thanks Gary and I should be up in BC sometime soon, I'll keep you posted! And Suz, we can come up with multiple things to toast too!

Mark Tanaka (Ultrailnakaman) said...

One of these races, I'm gonna see you stop, walk back the start, then do another "wtf", turnaround and start running the right direction again, AND still set a new course record. That would be wtf cool!

Congratulations also to your friend Ricardo!