Cap Crusher and Survival of the Fittest (test run)

Ok, let’s back up a few weeks to March 23. That was the date of the inaugural Coast Mountain Trail Series event, the Cap Crusher. This was a trail running race (8km or 13km options), which took place on the Capilano Dam trail network. I was really excited about racing on those trails, and Gary and Geoff (race directors) had picked out a challenging course for us to tackle. It was about time someone put on a race there!

My game plan for the race (13km) was to go out hard, and just hang on. I wanted to get that absolutely red-lined feeling, where you can taste the blood in your lungs.

So with that in mind, when Gary sent us off, i put the pedal to the metal and went straight to the front. And, as per the plan, by the time i got through the first 8km loop (which ended with a long climb) i had it pinned and i knew that the last 5km was going to hurt.

The last couple km were really tough. I was totally goggled (ie. couldn’t see straight) Thankfully, i had a pretty solid lead (or so i thought), so when i cracked at 12.5 km (on another huge climb) i had just enough time in the bank to hold off a fast charging Adam Campbell.