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Bay Mountain 15 mile Trail Race<br>
9/22/2007 9:00 am<br>
This one hasn’t been on my radar long. It was a kind of squeeze it in if you feel like it race.<br>
Last week’s 5K and next week’s 10K have had some 2007 goals attached that I’ve wanted to focus on. But a couple of runner neighbors, Beth and John, suggested I give it a try.<br>
This is only the race’s second year and is held about an hour from home at Bay’ Mt Park near Kingsport, TN.<br><br>
The Lake at the top of the montain.<br><img alt="" src="http://i7.tinypic.com/4mt88pe.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br>
I had never visited though my DW had taken the kids to visit their wild life menagerie and planetarium 15-20 years ago.<br>
She thought it would be a fun trip and we set off on a beautiful last day of summer.<br>
We arrived without much time to dawdle, I registered, apparently the last one, and got bib 79---lucky for me—we were married in ’79.<br>
I changed my shodding, greased the feet, toe socks, heavy cushion SmartWool and a fairly new pair of Continental Divide Montrails.<br>
We soon meet up with runnerBeth who drove separately as she was going visit some friends afterwards.<br>
Beth is a strong runner and I’m guessing she will finish top 20 and place high in age group. She ran Boston this year.<br><br><br>
DW and runnerBeth<br><img alt="" src="http://i9.tinypic.com/6455it0.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br>
We made it to the starting line with a few minutes to spare but I didn’t have time for a proper pre-run walk.<br>
After the starting line briefing and RD signal we headed out. Soon we are off the wide paved park path onto a decent jeep road that rises persistently for a couple miles to the eastern tip at the basin rim.<br>
Those last hundred meters were best walked. Around the base of several cell towers, we turn 160 degrees and head west on the rim of the north face.<br>
We get some good downhill relief, though there is still an upward bias. The pack has thinned, or rather ran off and left about 15 of us to bring up the rear.<br>
At about mile 4 we arrive at the first aid station. There is a fire tower and we have climbed maybe 500-800’(?) to the highest point on the trail I’ve consumed almost 20oz of Succeed Clip2 and get a refill of water dumped in my handheld.<br>
The downhills are more frequent on which I’m having fun with a new technique of holding my arms loosely in a trailing V, barely pumping but almost straight, with a strong forward lean.<br>
It seems to take a lot of stress off the quads and feet and enhance balance.<br>
I’ve left a few behind and pace for a few miles behind a pair of young females chatting away like they’re riding an escalator. We’ve turned on to some very nice, soft, non-technical single track—scenic and soothing. I’m ventilating @ about 164 AHR -not totally stressed but not chatty.<br>
I pass them on a long downhill but we swap back and forth some. Company is nice.<br>
Nearing the halfway point the trail turns down a deep, shady hollow, and the Garmin gives up any semblance of GPS tracking.<br>
This couple of miles or so is a bit more technical and you have to stay on your toes to stay off your face and keep to the trail. At about the lowest point on the course we round the western tip of the pancake loop and start up the steepest and longest hill- a ¼ mile walk, maybe 250’ of climb.<br>
We’re back on some jeep roads before mile 10 -the second and last aid station. I dump a packet of Clip2 in my handheld, the volunteers fill it, I thank them, and am gone.<br>
I’m jogging along and hear footsteps coming from behind at a fair pace. “Hello neighbor.” It’s runnerBeth. I figured she’d been finished by now.<br>
She has had a tough race, ran a mile off course, multiple falls with a bloody abrasion on the side of her neck. But she’s in good spirits considering. After a minute she takes off down the trail.<br><br>
The chatting ladies and I make it to the western tip of the lake. We’ve passed a couple of guys, but I thought we would have picked up more. We cross some walkways over some swampy but pretty fingerlette coves of the lake.<br>
A man sitting with a backpack says we have “1 ½ miles to go”. Only a few more hills to walk and we come to the concrete walkway over the lake dam.<br>
With a ¼ mile to go, I figure the ladies will stage a final kick and pass me, but never did.<br>
I finish 54/79 OA and 5/6 AG, in 2:50:33 about where I was hoping time-wise, a little better than I’d guessed overall. DW gets out the first aid kit and works on runnerBeth’s trail badges.<br>
She still got 3rd AG anyway. We’ve been warm out there. It was 75F or better at the finish. My feet and ankles have held up well. A couple glasses of chocolate soymilk made for a better run-stomach breakfast than last week’s toast and honey.<br>
Next Saturday I’m doing a 10K with only one hill.<br><br>
Thanks for reading and your continued support.<br>
JJJ<br><br>
The start<br><img alt="" src="http://i17.tinypic.com/6894dww.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
Next years pacer? Maybe they could turn a few of these pups loose for ambiance.<br><img alt="" src="http://i19.tinypic.com/66nf8uo.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
Beth nears the finish<br><img alt="" src="http://i19.tinypic.com/2v3pump.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
After race feeling like compost shot<br><img alt="" src="http://i17.tinypic.com/5376lut.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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JJJ.. Great job on a challenging, warm course! the route sounded very scenic. I'll remember that form for flying down hills! We were doing trail races at the same time.. cool!<br><br>
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Sounds like a very cool race, I really liked those pictures. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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WTG - J3<br>
I really enjoyed your report and the pics. You look like and sound like you were in your element during this race. Congratulations on a fine effort.<br><br><br>
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Great job Jesse!!<br><br>
Nice RR and pix.
 

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Way to go, JJJ. That's a well-run race through some beautiful country. Not a single fall then?<br><br>
Cool photos! You're looking pretty good for compost.<br><br>
I love the way you write!
 

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Jesse, great story (and from one bearded guy to another... great beard!)<br><br>
Where was this race? I'd love to do something similar.
 

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Nice job out there TripleThreatJ! I love the accompanying photos and your compost shot. Wish my compost looked that good. Sounds like a fun race to participate in!
 

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RR response 2: If you really, really looked like <i>good</i> compost, JJJ, you'd have a squash or maybe even a cucumber growing out of your head.<br><br>
You just look like a ruff tuff trail runner. Beautiful photos!<br><br>
Get enough rest for that race next weekend and give 'er.
 

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Good job Jesse. I enjoy reading your reports. The pictures make this sound really interesting, some day I'd like to visit back east. You must have a really strong AG back there, with that time only getting you 5/6 in a 15 mile trail race. I regularly get that compost look myself.<br><br>
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Grizzly, I guess the beards a fixture, comrade, 29 years. The race was in upper east Tennessee, pretty close to I-26 overlooking Kingsport from the west.<br><br>
Millbot - no falls this time, Beth took more than her share.<br><br>
Johnny, The AG was a bit tougher and fewer than I expected, The winner was about 1:33, I couldn't comprehend that time on that course.<br><br>
Souci, It would be a winter squash, probably cushaw, growing outta me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br>
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Great job Jessee - I've seen your posts over at CR (I've felt a bit out of the trail running scene being in tri-mode of late) but your pics and RR give me added incentive to get back to the trails again.
 

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Hi JJJ - Excellent race on a challenging course! I really enjoyed reading your RR and the pictures were great! Hope your legs recover quickly for your next race!
 

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TripleJ, I really enjoyed this RR. You did a very nice job for a somewhat impromptu race! The pics are a nice addition to the report; it looks like a very beautiful place to run. Good luck in your 10K this weekend!
 

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Pretty scenery and Beth looks fresh for having a few tumbles. Good going, sorry so late responding. Was here looking for this weeks race actually <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 
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