The R'n'R Seattle Half is just around the corner - literally - it's this weekend! Emails are flying around with last-minute race instructions from the race director, and frantic group planning of dinners/meet-ups/etc is going on.
So...maybe it's finally time to really study the course, right? Now, I will freely admit that I'm not "racing" this one - I'm just there to have fun, enjoy the scenery, and bask in the cooler temperatures of the pacific northwest. And I'd had a few friends tell me "don't worry - they changed the course and took out the big hill," so that seemed encouraging. And then I saw this:
And then the math nerd in me took over and needed to crunch some numbers... According to the elevation profile above, that hill just before mile 9 looks like this:
8.69mi = 57ft el.
8.82mi = 270ft el.
213ft el. gain in 0.13mi = 31% grade
Well, good thing I didn't have any big plans for the course, LOL! And while that hill may be a bugger, I'm still really looking forward to this race.
As most of you know from reading previous posts, I've purposefully taken a more relaxed approach to racing this spring in order to "find the fun" again. And I think it's working!