This was a really fun course! It looks so different in the summer. This is my winter playground where I like to snowboard! This was a HILLY 5k with about 400m of cumulative gain. The course was tough but for me it was easier than Arctic Valley. The soft surface keeps your legs from getting beat up too. The first 1500 runs on the trails at the bottom and I just sandbagged this part intentionally and ran in 4th place knowing I'd go to work on the climbs. That's just what I did, halfway into the first climb, I had worked my way up and just had to not get caught on the downhills. I'm a better climber than descender believe it or not. Climbing is fun :) At the top heading into the final descent, I had a decent lead but just had to haul ass to the bottom and not get caught. I managed to pull that off for the win and I would definitely do this one again next year. It's a super fun course. Up and down up and down repeat.... It's for a good cause too- treatment for substance abuse.
100k WC 2011
Gagarin Half Finish
Awards Gagarin Half
Cosmonauts give out the awards:)
Monday, August 14, 2023
This was the first time since 2018 I have done this one. It's always a great race and well organized. It was also the last time I pulled n 11 minute 3k. This is the race that was postponed this year by 3 weeks due to the Prigozhin "rebellion" on the 24 June. All events in Moscow and the region were cancelled that weekend due to safety concerns. I was fortunate to have some good ladies to run with and started out in back as usual and worked up. I ran with a high school girl who was pacing just under 4 min/km and went hard for that first 11 minute 3 k since I last did this race! With the death of the Alaska outdoor Championships in late July, I have zero-yes ZERO summer track opportunities available to me stateside for racing. I ended up winning the masters by quite a bit. I was glad to be able to get back for this one :)