Race 1 - Cheyenne Mountain State Park. This is one of the hilliest of the courses, especially for the long series, with the climb up to the top of South Talon. Even the short series race isn't easy, climbing up Sundance and returning to the finish via Talon. Dianna and Brenda tackled the 3(ish) mile course and came away with decent times for the challenging course. Dianna set a new PR for the course, running 38:45 - taking over two minutes off her time. Brenda finished in 45:59, making a good benchmark for her return to running. In the long series, Dawn battled through some hip issues to run the 7(ish) in 1:29:45
Race 2 - Bear Creek Park. The short course at this venue is another hilly race, taking on some of the bigger hills in Bear Creek Regional park. With a new start/finish this year, the course was a little longer then in prior years for both the short and long course races. That didn't stop Dianna from running another PR of 46:14 - nearly 2:15 faster then the prior year. Brenda also had a good race, finishing with a time of 57:17. Dawn looked strong the entire 8 mile long course race, finishing in 1:28:36.
Race 3 - El Pomar and the Pikes Peak Greenway. Flat and fast for both the short and the long series, but Winter finally made an appearance with 15* temps and heavy snow at the start. Challenging conditions for sure! Since the course went North this year, it was a different course then last year. Dianna ran 1:01:54 which is a solid time for the conditions. Dawn had stellar race, turning in a 1:51:10 despite the snow.
|Start of Winter Series III - just a little snowy!|
It's a lot of racing in a short time and a huge commitment. Everyone who finished the series should be proud of themselves. It's also a great way to start the year as a runner - building a solid distance pace for the adventures and races to come!