We all know seconds count, it matters when it is the difference between a personal best/record. It matters when you are trying to move up a space or two in a race. And it REALLY matters when it comes to RRCA Grand Prix championship points when you are in an uber-competitive age category. Speaking of, who knew the women’s 50-55 age group was one such??? I’m certainly finding that out this year.
How much do those seconds count? Even ONE SINGLE SECOND can mean the difference between a first and 2nd place age group award especially when you factor in chip time versus gun time.
This morning’s race was a bit of a lesson in it for me–a woman in my age category finished just ahead of me and I was perfectly fine with it, I ran my race best I could and she legit crossed that finish line mat ahead of me. However when age group awards were announced, they called my name as first female grandmasters female and hers as second.
I’m confused…I go up and question it and here she comes too and is a wee bit indignant–not that I blame her, I would be too but they say no, that’s what their sheet says and we need to speak to Mac (of Mac’s Race Timing Service, best damn race timer in the state in my humble opinion). Mind you, this is a championship race so the points matter both individually and for your team.
Off we go, and of course this would be the second time I had pestered him because my name wasn’t showing on the preliminary results sheet and we explain the situation. She says she finished ahead of me and I say yes, she absolutely did, Mac then very patiently goes through the numbers for us and I literally finished one second faster than her on the chip time. One second!
Fortunately she was very gracious but I know I’m now gonna have to step up my game because I will be the one she is gunning for in the Grand Prix races.
Chase Race and PAWS, the Arkansas state Grand Prix 2 mile championship–this has always been one of my favorite events especially on the years where I have gotten to run the pet mile with Elsie (we have earned two top five awards). Unfortunately due to the impending nasty weather I had to leave her home, the Miniature Schnauzer Menace is a fair weather runner when it comes to rain and it was just as well, the 2 miler was delayed two hours because of lightning and the pet event was cancelled.
My training has been FUBAR since the Valentine’s Day 5k courtesy of a co-worker quitting mid-shift leaving the rest of us working double-shifts and extra hours, kind of tough getting motivated to do quality training when you are spending 10-12 hours on your feet. Alas that is simply an excuse and I really need to embrace the suck, harden the f*ck up and get those miles in regardless if I want to try and get somewhere near the front of the midpack again.
My chip time: 15:33.46/ Gun time: 15:40.43. Wasn’t helped by the two hour delay and the donut I ate right before the race. 26 seconds slower than 2017 but I’m several pounds heavier which I need to work at getting rid of. *cough, approximately 11 pounds heavier*
Near perfect racing temperatures once the storm system moved out so can’t blame my lack of speed on that!
Moral of the story: It ain’t over until it’s over and keep pushing, that one second does make a difference.